We've collaborated with the terrific Musica Viva to bring you Late Night Library: the Words & Music Season.Read More
For all those who couldn't make it, we've done our best to give a rundown of the proceedings.Read More
We're excited to announce our program of Late Night Library events for City of Sydney. Join us at Haymarket Library for a lot of fun, creativity, and a spot of ranting, at the following free events:
Wednesday 3 September, 8–9pm Got something to get off your chest? Then get up on that soapbox! Join professional ranters, writers and comedians as they tell us what they really think. Hosted by David Henley, who may have a few grievances of his own to share, and featuring Benjamin Law, Lauren Beukes, Alice Fraser and David Hunt. Book here.
Wednesday 17 September, 8–9pm Explore the new possibilities of what was once known as a 'reading night', in this multimedia, multiplatform, live, collaborative event, with writers, artists and an audience that not only listens, but joins in the production of the work. Hosted by Justin Wolfers and featuring writer/comedian Nick Sun, writer Grace De Morgan, illustrator Irit Pollak, musician James Brown, and artist/photographer Isobel Parker Philip. Book here.
All Cut Up
Wednesday 1 October, 8–9pm Hosted by Toby Fitch and featuring work from three contemporary Australian poets writing in the anti-tradition of collage — Pam Brown, Chris Edwards and Kate Fagan — All Cut Up is a night for new poetry. The readings will lead provocatively into a hands-on collaging session where the programmed poets will each provide unusual source material (government docs, etiquette books, who knows...) for attendees to chop up and recombine in whatever illicit way they see fit. Scissors and glue provided. BYO mental shears, fantasies, and word processors (if you prefer electronic cut-and-paste). Book here.
Wednesday 15 October, 8–9pm Flashers are ultra-short bite-sized fiction explosions. Fun to write, quick to read and taking the online world by storm. Seizure Flashers editor Thomas Wilson curates a night of fast-paced writing games, selected readings by special guests and gives the audience a chance to read out their own story morsels (up to 500 words). Featuring Patrick Lenton, Oliver Mol, Hannah Story and Robyne Young. Book here.
Wednesday 29 October, 8–9pm Hosted by award-winning and potty-mouthed poet Fiona f---ing Wright, Swear Jar will feature programmed poets including Pip Smith, Luke Carman and Lindsay Tuggle, reading original curse-laden poems that will make a sailor blush, plus utterly filthy reworked classics and a haiku station where audience members can compose their own poems and compete to see who can fill up the swear jar the most. BYO soap to wash your mouth out. Book here.
Wednesday 12 November, 8–9pm Congratulations, your book is out! Now it’s one thing to write something down and see it in print. It’s another thing to stand up and do a reading. It’s time to swallow your fears though, so join first time host Portia Lindsay for a mix of open mic and programmed readings from Omar Musa, Summer Land and Jo Riccioni. This is a great chance to face an audience and get some valuable experience in a supportive environment with a glass of wine in hand. Book here.
This year Seizure is heading down to Melbourne to join in the fun of The Emerging Writers’ Festival. At 9pm on May 30th, we’re going to be passing the mic around for writers at our Late Night Live with Literary Magazines – Flash Fiction with Seizure event. We’ll have Flashers favourites by Alec Patric, Emily Stewart, Oliver Mol, Adam Rivett, Meg Watson, Claire Varley and Douglas Whyte. Plus, an open mic section and that you can register for now.
And if that isn't enough, we’ll also be revealing the winner of the inaugural Viva la Novella competition and announcing an exciting secret project. So head down to the Thousand Pound Bend and get flashing!
Come join our pop-up speakeasy for a merry afternoon of music and beer tasting. Local craft brewer Young Henry's is opening its doors to everyone with the password and a taste for literature.
Tickets are now available: $20 will get you 4 ponies (or 2 schmiddies), a copy of the new magazine, and an afternoon with writers, readers and beer. (Yes, cider is available too!)
It's a cozy space, so numbers are limited – get in quick! Tickets available from the shop.
4.00 –7.00 pm Saturday 15 June 2013
Young Henry’s Brewery 76 Wilford St, Newtown
The Seizure crew likes to get around, we appear at readings and events across the country and love to connect to all sorts of media and commentators. For hi-res cover images, more information or our media kit, please contact seizure at xou dot com dot au.
Links to press and commentary
The Australian ‘From Bunyips to Macaraom Bows’
The Australian ’Literary journals provide quirky proof of print’s durability’
At 107 Projects on 6 December 2012 we launched our ‘Music’ issue with a performance from Benny Davis aka the Human Jukebox and two-song sets from Edward Deer, Jess Chalker, Nic from Cogel, James Thomson, Piers Twomeyand Miss Little. Michael Kennedy, our cover photographer, took portraits and we’ve made all our guests into cover stars.
The mag should hit stores just before Christmas, but if you order by 20 December we get one to you in time to pop it under the proverbial tree.
Come along to hear some great tunes and celebrate our latest issue.
As its description would lead you to believe, the Seizure 'Style' Soiree was a glamourous affair indeed. Mixologist and 'Cowboy vs Dandy' model Joe Cutcliffe made us 'Seized Goods' (a Campari-based cocktail) which we sipped alongside a chocolate sculpture from Zokoko and then had cover shots taken by Michael Kennedy Photography. Stephen Romei, The Australian's literary editor did the official launching looking out onto the Harbour Bridge, Luna Park and the ferries put-putting past.
Dear Jules, Thank you kindly for the use of your time machine -- Contemporary Society was quite the jaunt. I must say, there's nothing better than a double-entendre, and by god did Seizure deliver with the launch of Sci-Fi at the New South Wales Writers' Centre Speculative Fiction Festival. Aside from the impeccably designed cover art gracing every veritable surface, aside from the glorious weather and veranda sunset launch, I held excellent company; Literary Minded's Angela Meyer, Book to the Future's Michelle McLaren (those bloggers you so love, Jules! Yes, the very ones!) and crime fiction author PM Newton, whose oration of her foray into the Science Fiction genre launched the magazine. (In the name of thematically frightening futuristic foresight, you will note that in the above sentence I've suggested the blogs own these people. Orwell would be proud of my genre-appropriate attempt hyperbolic bleakness, don't you think?)
The festive eating was both peculiar and delicious. Each guest was handed a pinstripe lollybag-esque ration portion containing the following items -- I have hand-drawn the contents of the bag from memory as follows.
Oh Jules, I lie -- I had someone run around and freeze moments in time inside picture frames so I could paste memory-bits inside this correspondence, though my free-drawing skills are rather improving. Allow me to synthesise the contents of the bag. Firstly, I withdrew from my bag a test tube containing a pale yellow liquid, and floating among the champagne-colour were what appeared to be frog eggs. The party called it, 'soma-pop' -- wouldn't Aldous Huxley be chuffed? I removed the lid and sipped the contents. Tomato water, Jules! A little on the cucumber-side, but there amongst the gentle sweetness stood a vague acidity. The eggs were in fact a tapioca-like substance. Quite delicious. Next, I poured the packet of loose yellow and red fragments -- fittingly named phlogiston -- onto my tounge. My mouth went mad; a pineapple sweetness accented by a popping sensation. Otherwise unheard of, I'd say.
Penultimately, I tried the brick of jelly labelled Soylent Green. I admit, I was a little frightened by the sheer thickness of the object, but it smelt rather unoffensive so I took a bite. The gel was soft and sweet -- in fact, very like the desserts we enjoyed on that sabbatical to Thailand 1974. I was very fond of this particular ration, so I had a memory made.
Finally I tried the square silver packet called a protien pill. It was meaty and disc-like. I think it may have been chicken. Odd, really. When speaking of this meat-packet protein pill, the party continually referred to a Roger Ram-Jet. Though understanding the invention of the jet, I did not know of a jet that was a ram called Roger. I eventually resgined myself to the understanding that I had created an Adam from the limbs of many, ergo, a Roger from the limbs of creatures and technologies could surely not have been far off.
The Editor in Chief, Alice, did say she was terribly sorry not to have you there, too. I did explain you were spending another five weeks in a balloon for a sequel novel you were slapping together. We agreed you should have abandoned your efforts in the name of such a large, sunny party. I sipped an extra few blue drinks to compensate for your absence.
I have also, as you might say, 'CCed' the Seizure Editors into this little rave and shot it through the temporalescope.
Best wishes, Jules. I've left the time machine with Douglas Adams because he's getting the Tardis serviced and I noted there were a few jolts while travelling over the latter end of the Twentieth Century. I admit I took a route over the collapse of the USSR this time, but usually when I go that way I'm as oblivious as Gorbachev.
If you're in Sydney on Thursday 25th August, come along to Dymocks on George St for an evening of fine story-telling with some of Seizure's stable of writers. We'll be hearing from: Nick Marland Zoe Norton Lodge Rosanna Stevens Sunil Badami Ben Jenkins
You can find all the details here.
See you there.
I'd say a good time was had by all. Despite the downpour, many supporters made it to Paper Mill for the launch of our Food issue. Alice and Delia Falconer both gave speeches and then Christopher Thé of BlackStar Pastry gave us all a treat with a menu devised around the the taste-altering effects of miracle berries (kindly donated by Miracle Frooties).
Here's Alice at the mic, and here she is with Sunil Badami who wrote "The Chronic".
If anyone out there has some photos to show from the event, please let us know or add them to the comments.
It's a big week ahead for the Seizure team. With our launch just around the corner, Wednesday, we are preparing preparing preparing. Last week we also finished off our app submission and it now rests in Apple's good hands to release into the wild (let me tell you that was one long weekend of bureacracy and technocracy combined as one).
After that Seizure is officially re-birthed and ploughing forward on the SCIFI issue — which we just saw the cover of, OMG, it's a thing of beauty.