Seizure Sirs and Madams, it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that the cowboy has parted ways with me and our doomsday bunker and our herd of 3 French hens. Alack, fear not, for I have already replaced him. Check your in-boxes on July 31st for well rounded Ups from our newest vaquero, Ben Barnes!
Seizure Sausage Links
Obstructions! Alice Grundy is on Seizure TV! This introduction to Alice and her obstructive ways may then be followed by a reading of an altered version of Stewed Fruit, by Alice's willing victim, Rebecca Slater. This obstruction has asked that Rebecca re-write her award-winning short story according to the following rules: the narrative must be told in third person, free indirect style; the tense must be shifted from past to present; no paragraph may begin with the same word' and just for fun must feature a talking dog...enjoy!
Recent Flashers include Morus Dancing by Hayley Scrivenor a sweet story about a girl who used to stand where the trees now dance, which possesses a far cleverer title than you have yet realised. How to Save a Door by Ruth Wyer evokes the vast distance that a closed door can create between a mother and daughter in just 184 words. Mind, Body and Cheese Puffs is your inner monologue as you make that mistake again. Stop it.
From AltTxt, LNR Says is an intense block of digital poetry by Lachy McKenzie, made entirely from online chat conversations. Incident at Kenny Reserve around 5pm today proves what I have been saying since the beginning of time and space. Hell is here on earth, and more specifically it has manifested itself within the clustercuss that is the internet messageboard. Put on a helmet before reading. Lastly, but keep very serious and ask them to smile by Aurora Scott, dives exposed-brain-first into Google Image-Search results. Are the results creating connections, or saturating results until they are meaningless?
Ghosts of novellas past
Over at Readings, two Seizure contributors have been mentioned in the weekly reading list. Hoa Pham's novella, The Other Shore, was one of the winners of last year's Viva La Novella competition. Her new novella, Wave, was picked by Bronte Coates, who praises Pham’s ‘characteristic compassion and lyricism’. Set in Melbourne, the story follows the lives of two international students. Suffering heartache and alienation, Midori and Âu Cô fall in love amidst the tragedy of a natural disaster. To hear Hoa speak about Wave in conversation with Michael Cathcart on Radio National, click here.
Reading’s Nina Kenwood has nothing but praise for Fiona Wright’s collection of essays, Small Acts of Disappearance. Fiona’s ten essays explore her life with an eating disorder, described by Kenwood as being controlled and thoughtful, never too revealing. I’d call it brave, but I’m avoiding clichés, so I’m going to call it badass, and hope I can get my hands on a copy soon.
Megan Mcgrath, one of our Flashers contributors, has written a feature on novellas for the Queensland Writers' Centre. Her Griffith Review published novella, Whale Station, can be read here. For a flash-back-friday, read The Breakers, a Flasher about loss and the sea.
Congratulations to all of our Seizure alumni!
Go set a who watches the watchmen
As we speak, dear one, the Melbourne Writers' Festival programme is surfacing! Click here for tickets, which are going on sale during your lunch break. Held from August 20 to 30, the festival will feature 540 local and international writers, and 545 events. At least five authors have to do two events...who will they be?!
More importantly, this year we are revealing the winners of Viva La Novella 2015 at the Festival Club at 5.30pm Friday, 21st August. At long last, after months and months we will take the wrappings off three extraordinary new novellas.
In sad news, author E.L. Doctorow has recently passed away. Learn about Doctorow's unique and influential style of historical fiction writing in his New York Timesobituary. Ragtime is going to be highly influential on my own work just as soon as I get around to finishing it.
If you are sick of hearing about Harper Lee and her second book, here is a list of authors who we wish could have gotten around to publishing more than one novel.
From Brain Pickings, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's original watercolour illustrations for The Little Prince will brighten your day.
If you please – draw me a sheep!