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Typecasting and narrative voice at the 2011 Emerging Writers’ Festival

Typecasting and narrative voice at the 2011 Emerging Writers’ Festival

The Emerging Writers’ Festival, in its usual form, has thus far been about tequila shots and one long drunken conversation about The Wall. Yesterday I went to some actual sessions. Here’s a write-up of two of those. Typecast The first session I attended yesterday was all about ‘typecasting’. Do the authors on the panel agree with […]

Never surrender! (But do read the submission guidelines) – EWF 2010

Never surrender! (But do read the submission guidelines) – EWF 2010

So first of all, I had too many wines at the Emerging Writers’ Festival artist party on Friday, so I didn’t roll up until about 1pm yesterday. The Town Hall was PACKED with moleskine-carrying, tweeting, emerging writer-types of all ages. Pictured: Tiggy Johnson and I at the EWF artist par-tay. Before I go into the […]

2010 Emerging Writers’ Festival in full swing

2010 Emerging Writers’ Festival in full swing

With the beaming Lisa Dempster at its helm, the 2010 Emerging Writers’ Festival, here in Melbourne, is in full swing. So far I’ve attended The First Word (the opening night), one of the Fifteen Minutes of Fame Sessions (which received a great write-up here by Thuy-Linh Nguyen), the Page Parlour, and last night’s Wordstock performance – […]

Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog?

Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog?

The following article is a slightly amended version of the speech I gave during the Emerging Writers’ Festival panel The Revolution Will Be Downloaded, May 2009. In my reading of cultural blogs (particularly literary blogs), and through a growing audience for LiteraryMinded, I have found that some recurring elements exist in blogs which could be deemed successful. My measure of […]

Big fat round-up post + May haiku comp winners

Big fat round-up post + May haiku comp winners

Hey gang. Are you cool? Be cool. Only got about a quarter of the response to this month’s haiku comp – doh! The them was ‘the richness of the internet’. Thinking I might have to do it only every two months, or perhaps the topic was hard? Nonetheless, there were a few good’uns. The winner […]

Emerging Writers’ Festival photo journal

Emerging Writers’ Festival photo journal

Chris Currie, myself, Krissy Kneen Please view my Emerging Writers’ Festival 2009 photo journal in a public album on Facebook, complete with commentary and links to books and authors (from the 15 Minutes of Fame sessions). I will be posting my talk on cultural blogging from The Revolution Will be Downloaded panel sometime soon.

Liveblogging @ the Emerging Writers’ Festival Page Parlour

Liveblogging @ the Emerging Writers’ Festival Page Parlour

I am invincible.   I have survived 11 days of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, from which I am currently liveblogging, on its final day. Around me are indie publishers, zinesters, perusers, cupcakes, hot chips, Lisa Demster (hello!), Sean Whelan’s cool skeleton badge, and a spiderweb roof. A man just explained of my liveblogging to his wife as […]

Emerging Writers’ Festival 2009 is on!

Emerging Writers’ Festival 2009 is on!

Friday was the opening night of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, called The First Word. There were performances by Josephine Rowe (spellbinding, as usual), Maxine Clarke (powerful) and The List Operators (hilarious), plus more. There was a ‘Call to Arms’ by comic book writer Shane McCarthy – in which he basically said: if you’re a writer, you’re a […]

Annette Viesseux’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival special #5

Annette Viesseux’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival special #5

Welcome to my desk. If it looks suspiciously like an office desk, that’s because it is one. Hardly glamorous, but certainly functional. This is part of the office the Emerging Writers’ Festival occupies in Arts House in North Melbourne until we move to our new home at the Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. Most of […]

Nathan Shepherdson’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival special #4

Nathan Shepherdson’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival special #4

  Nathan Shepherdson says… I don’t really have a particular place to write.  I’ve lived at the Glass House Mountains since 1991. It’s about one hour north of Brisbane. It is farming community (parts semi-rural/residential) with a collection of small national parks. The main crops are strawberries, pineapples, macadamias, avocados and custard apples. (Pineapples used to […]