This is cross-posted from the Melbourne Writers Festival 2012 blog. The Liner Notes spoken word event (run by Babble) is always a festival highlight for me, and this year a bunch of writers, poets et al are set to rock our worlds with an interpretation of David Bowie's album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders … Continue reading Freak out in a moonage daydream: Sean M Whelan on Liner Notes
This is cross-posted from Southerly, where I am blogging in December. Recently I attended the launch of Janet De Neefe’s new cookbook Bali: The Food of My Island Home. De Neefe moved to Bali 26 years ago after falling in love with the place and with a local man. She has founded two restaurants in Ubud: Casa … Continue reading Tempeh matters: the launch of Janet De Neefe’s Bali: The Food of My Island Home
It's a Thursday. G and I put on our coats and walk briskly down Acland Street, St Kilda, to the warm, busy, art-filled Dog's Bar for the weekly storytelling event 'Dog's Tails'. It's about 7:30 and we order a glass of the Dog's Shiraz. Curators of the storytelling event, Chris Flynn and Josephine Rowe, are there already, eating … Continue reading Dog’s Tails: storytelling nights at Dog’s Bar, St Kilda
Pictured: The Fictitious Woman readers at the Dig Cafe: Eleanor Marney, Zoe Dattner (behind, who chaired), Carmel Bird, Cate Kennedy, Tiggy Johnson, Janet Barker, Josephine Rowe and moi. The inaugural Newstead Short Story Tattoo took place 15 to 17 May 2009. We gathered, we listened, we absorbed, we read, we learnt, we escaped, we were … Continue reading Newstead Short Story Tattoo
F**k. I just wrote a whole post and it completely disappeared. Yes I was saving as I went. I blame the Establishment. Anyhoo. I had an energetic, positive week with a few sharp downcurves, followed by quick recoveries. Here's a small summary. Monday - work, die hair, yoga. Tuesday - lunch w/ Krissy Kneen (yum!), … Continue reading Twenty-four and There's So Much More…
Sean M Whelan's and Nathan Curnow's poems are very different in both style and theme, but come from much the same place. Nathan captures the poignancy of childhood and the wonderment of parenthood, nostalgia and love in his chapbook No Other Life But This through tiny observations - an arm through a sleeve, a question, a coffee … Continue reading I'd Like to Introduce You to Two of My Favourite Poets
This week was again full of events, book buying, inspiration, parties, and somehow reading and writing amongst it all. Here's a bit of a round-up: Rebecca Clare Page launched her chapbook full of short-sweet gems Teacups and Birds.You can email her for a copy - rebeccaclarepage [at] hotmail [dot] com. Here's a sample ((c) Rebecca Clare … Continue reading Poetry Readings, Launches, and Parties Galore
Janet Frame's amazing short story, posthumously published in The New Yorker: 'Gorse is Not People' - Take some time to click and read. I was alerted to this story by Bookman Beattie and it has become one of my favourites. I recently got to meet Frame's niece Pamela Gordon at the launch of The Goose Bath: Poems (review … Continue reading Janet Frame's 'Gorse is Not People', Mad Hatters and Confession Files.