Songs and sounds can be grabbed and mixed; films can be spliced, homaged or spoofed; so what about literature? A new initiative lets you mix-up some fantastic short fiction by prominent writers – pieces that are licenced under the Creative Commons initiative. Your mixes might also be selected for an anthology to be produced post-project, and if you’re planning to attend the Melbourne Writers’ Festival in August you can get involved at a big interactive live event. The project is supported by ‘Story of the Future’, at the Australia Council for the Arts.
I’ve had a go of the first story by Emily Maguire (author of Princesses and Pornstars: Sex, Power and Identity, and the novels Taming the Beast and The Gospel According to Luke), which is titled Cherished.
I definitely plan to give some of the others a go too if I get time. It’s great fun indulging in creative literary experimentation. Quite the literary-minded activity!
Other authors who are, or are going to be involved are Damian McDonald, Cate Kennedy (one of my favourites), Stefan Laszczuk (pronounced ‘Lash-chook’ I’m told, and keep an eye out for his I Dream of Magda in August, a fabulous book – review/interview forthcoming), Lee Battersby, Philip Neilsen, James Phelan (whose third Lachlan Fox thriller Blood Oil is released soon), Kim Wilkins, and Danielle Wood.