Greetings and Salamanders. Hopefully you have stopped crying over my April Fools joke. The cowboy thought it was hilarious, I thought it was hilarious, and you will find it hilarious just as soon as your skin grows back.
For those of you who didn’t make it to the last Late Night Library, you missed out on my psychic prediction that the night would be livened with illustrations of dicks and twice as many balls. It was a little like watching a couple of seventh-grade boys draw on a desk, only it was incredible art being created before our eyes, and amusing art at that. Lady Sings it Better were hilarious, look out for them at the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals soon. (and there was literally jam for those in the front row – donated by BlackStar Pastry.
Next week’s Late Night Library, Beyond Music (A Personal Journey), will feature leading Australian guitarist, Karin Schaupp. Karin will speak about the ways in which her recent collaborations with writers have taken her ‘beyond music’. She will also give a musical performance. Another Late Night Library not to be missed. Click here to reserve a seat.
Next we have two new Flashers for you. The Day Trip by Kate Walter will fill your mind with images best pixelated, while I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself by T.J. Robinson will leave you a little worried about your younger self. One will make you laugh, the other probably won’t make you cry but you might feel like you should. Both are great reads, check them out asap.
For Seizure subscribers, freelance editor extraordinaire Kevin O’Brien has been adding to his Formatting Clinic, designed to help those of you who need professional advice regarding text layout. If you would like your writing to look like you have your own typesetter at your beck and call, this is a must read. Kevin has worked for all the places you stand outside in the rain like that old dog at the butcher's shop: Penguin, Random House, Pan Macmillan, Hachette, UQP, Black Inc., Simon & Schuster and Allen & Unwin have all been clients of his. For editors, its an invaluable resource on best practice for supplying files.
Lastly, the Sydney Writers' Festival is coming up, so don’t forget to grab your ticket to RANT! For a mere paltry sum of $14 you can experience the best rants from Steve Kilbey, Oliver Mol, Dee Madigan, Brigid Delaney, Peter Polites, David Hunt and that pesky David M. Henley. (The M stands for Meredith). Invest in your anger! RANT! will be held on Sunday May 24, 4:30 to 5:30pm at the Philharmonia Studio. Click here for more details.
I want you to be more cultured, and you have all the time in the world to read now that your skin is knitting itself back together like One Direction will on their reunion cruise of the Caribbean in 20 years. Here are two articles by famous writers with opinions. Firstly, Jonathan Franzen has some things to say about climate change in the New Yorker. Secondly from the Wall Street Journal, Alexander McCall Smith has some things to say about the lasting endurance of the Austen novel, and why we are willing to consume sequels and prequels and modern retellings in virtually any form as long as Mr Darcy and mutton chop sideburns are involved.
While we’re on the note of sequels written by authors other than the original writer, how are we all feeling about the fourth installment to the Millenium Series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercranz? Why are we unwilling to let go of characters after authors have left them behind? Are we all paying good money for what is essentially fanfiction? Read more at The Independent. On another side note, here is a list of 6 famous writers who write fanfiction under pseudonyms, see if you can sleuth them out.
Here is some poetry writing advice from a list of 16 old-timey poets. Drink tea, get naked, befriend cat. Check, check, and check.
There is no low brow, you are all better than that
From our very own correspondents
From our very own talent pool, here are some words written by people you may know, or should at least endeavour to drink gin with. Over at The Lifted Brow, Hannah Story has written a beautiful and personal review of Girl in a Bandby Kim Gordon. (She got to meet her too, so amplify your jealousy right about now). Hannah's hallmark style of honest and nostalgic retrospection offers us a glimpse at her younger self, a boy she loved, and the music that shaped her.
For a spooky interlude, head over to Phantasmagoria Magazine to read the short story Bawder House by Chris Marcatili. Keep a candle in the window.
For those of you unaware of the 2015 Australian Women Writers Challenge, check out Viva la Novella editor Marisa Wikramanayake’s interview with author of Beyond Home, Robin Bower. Click around the site to find out more about how you can actively support more Australian Women Writers this year.
Lastly, my favourite April Fools joke of the year via the Paris Review. Richard Scarry: The Lost Years indeed.