Friday, May 22, 2015

Other People's Rubbish

I have an article in today's Spectrum about gifts from the street:

Once upon a time I moved to the country. Life was sweet but there was no council-led hard rubbish removal and this made me yearn for the suburban fatlands. In the country, if you wanted to retire your old junk, you had to roll up your sleeves and do a tip-run. The tip was at the end of a lonely road, amid a suitably dystopian landscape. Once you arrived, you paid some money to a nuggety guy and then drove to various points, leaving behind the objects that had become obstructions to your beautiful life.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Last Week In Pictures

My life is speculation city at the minute: projects I'm trying to put out there, possibilities and big leap-y business. Writing-wise I'm winding down the end of my mammoth draft ... I *think* and wondering about which half-finished, fully loaded book I should take up next. Nothing is set in stone and everything is subject to my headspace. Lately I have been writing down what I do in an attempt to quantify my time. It's a fine thing on a Monday to be able to block out some hours and write WRITING, but now I'm actually putting in DREAMING time too.

Anyway, here are some pictures of things in the last week that have made me happy:

1. Op Shop Rewards
When I get to a certain point, a certain number of words down, a feeling that I can take a break, if I'm feeling a little rich I go to the op shop. This was last week's pickings - (Total: $12)

2. Gifts! The good people at UQP sent me this! Nova Weetman's forthcoming novel Frankie & Joely, which I have blurbed the bajaysus out of.

3. An actual gig: errr it had been a while. I went and saw Courtney Barnett at the Forum, one of my favourite places to see ANYONE. It was a top night. I thought so and so did Canadian Shorts Man, Dodgy First Date Couple, Drunk Blonde and her Jealous Friend and a whole other assortment of interesting-looking people. 

4. City Jaunts - with the new creative mapping project coming up at Signal I have been getting all warm about Melbs and her shady lanes and crooked corners.

5. Teaching - Only a few weeks left until the end of term and another RMIT YA class over for the year. This actually makes me sad, not happy. I'm really enjoying the class. Last week we looked at scenes and asked pertinent questions. Our 'models' came from Andrew Smith's Grasshopper Jungle - which looks nuts, and this is good thing.

 How was your week, people?  How is your emotional progression?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Map of Melbourne of Firsts - CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

In June, Lisa D'Onofrio and I are running a creative writing/sound/social cartography project called Map of Melbourne Firsts. We're looking for participants aged 15-25.

Imagine a map of Melbourne where the landmarks are memories, anecdotes, sound bites and images. How would you shape and present this data?
For the Map of Melbourne Firsts you will create a digital map using personal and public experiences of first Melbourne encounters through text, art and voice. The project provides opportunities to develop your writing, interviewing and sound editing skills.
Work with artists Simmone Howell and Lisa Donofrio to discover social cartography, discovery, happenstance and city stories.
Dates and time:
Saturday 6 June, 11am to 4pm
Saturday 13 June, 11am to 4pm
Saturday 20 June, 11am to 4pm
Saturday 27 June, 11am to 4pm
Click this link to find out where to book online

Friday, April 24, 2015

NHS Literary Talk Fest on May 7

I'm thrilled to be participating in Northcote High School's Inaugural Literary Talk Fest. The event is the brainchild of Clare Wright, award-winning author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. When Wright won the 2014 Stella Prize for her book, she generously donated a portion of her prize money to her local government high school, and so we have this:

Hope you can join us!