Overland Master Class for Progressive Writers: inspiring, practical, beneficial + connections made.
My party last night: 4am tequila, Trivial Pursuit, gender conversations, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, chips for breakfast.
My week ahead: 5 days of work, at least 3 blog posts, 2 meetings re Melbourne Writers Festival + Centre for Books Writing and Ideas, new Harry Potter movie, 2 book reviews due to different publications, doctor appointment, launching Josephine Rowe’s How a Moth Becomes a Boat, gym sessions, not starting my tax and somewhere in there writing fiction.
Links I like: a literary take on social media with the absurdist tweets of Samuel Beckett character Winnie, from Happy Days (Malthouse Theatre); Affirm Press have committed to publish six short story collections in 2010; Hackpacker has interviewed Bookslut founder Jessa Crispin who will be a guest at the 2009 Melbourne Writers Festival; the next issue of The Lifted Brow is launching this Friday 17 July at The Tote in Melbourne; or you might choose to go to the Voiceworks launch on the same night at FAD Gallery; make a vote in the Australian Book Video Awards; Bird in the Hand zine distro has a new shop in Newcastle; fantastic essay by Arthur Phillips on writing about music in the Believer – can’t wait to (hopefully) meet Believer editor Heidi Julavits at MWF, who wrote one of the most amazing short stories I’ve ever read; a hilarious and original interview with Text Publishing editor Caro Cooper re Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro, specifically that cover; if you’re not coming to Josephine’s launch on Thursday go to the launch of Jeff Sparrow’s new book Killing: Misadventures in Violence – 6 for 6:30pm, Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall, launched by Guy Rundle.
Soon: I would like to introduce you to the writers I worked with in the Overland Master Class. Also coming up are reviews of Kate Grenville and Peter Goldsworthy; a gorgeous poem by Sharanya Manivannan; a ‘responsive’ interview with Krissy Kneen; and my first few guest reviews…