Welcome readers, to the rainy Friday that will change your life. It has already changed mine. After years of working the land and rolling up enormous bales of hay and that one time that we made a crop circle in the field next door, the cowboy and myself have finally struck gold. And by gold I mean we found a new species of inland-sea monkeys living in the well. Congratulations are in order, I think?
Two new Flashers have appeared to delight and slightly depress you. Arrival by Emily Crocker is about the creature in the room that no one acknowledges, while Unravelled by Tom Lodewyke takes us to the loading dock, where a secret love makes wild creatures of us all.
Gentle yet firm reminder not to forget to check out Poetry Blast. You owe it to yourself to avoid my future not-so-gentle reminders. Fiona Wright has collected an outstanding selection of poetry. Furthermore, you can become part of the project if you wish. To respond to any of the latest round of Epistles at Dawn, submit your poetry here.
The Mudgee Readers’ Festival has announced their 2015 program. Now in its sixth year, the festival is looking bigger and better than ever. The line-up this year will include authors Don Watson, Ramona Koval, Clare Wright, Steven Carroll, Debra Oswald, Wayne Macauley, Bernard Keane and Emily Rodda. (Side-note: Y’all remember what the water flowing down from the mountain in Rowan of Rin was really made of, right? Emily and I need to have words about my childhood trauma.)
In-depth interviews and panel discussions will feature authors such as Antonia Murphy, Robyn Cadwaller, Anna George, Peter Watt and Seizure’s own David M Henley. Speaking of good old Seizure, the MRF has partnered with Seizure this year to host a dinner event on the Saturday evening, with a special edition of RANT! hosted by our resident crank DMH.
The festival aims to be intimate and friendly, with many events being free and open to the public. Seizure favourite Luke Carman will talk about An Elegant Young Man in the festival's first book club (held over coffee by the fire – count me in!). Tickets to the festival start from as little as $10, well worth it for a trip away from the city and access to a humongous second hand book fair!
The Festival will be held over the weekend of August 15 and 16, click here for more details.
Its OK, you absolute failure
Here’s a confession from author Laura Dave on the manuscript she had to part ways with, and the joy that came with it. In other words, it’s perfectly alright that you have piles and piles of notebooks that are never going to see the light of a word-processor. All writing is worthwhile.
On the other hand, why not have that manuscript rejected 44 times and then win the Walter Scott Prize just like Joshua Spurling?
From io9, What librarians wish you knew about using the library. It is not just for free wifi and making out in the Russian lit section, Chelsea and Josh.
As much as I despise the words inspire, inspired, and inspiring, I am in no mood to look for suitable synonyms. From Flavorwire, here are some photos from writers of the places that inspire them.
From Penguin Books Australia, an extract from How To Write Your Blockbuster: A practical resource for the aspiring novelist, by Fiona McIntosh. Quit dabbling, she says. Quit being afraid of potential spider sightings, I say.
Here are 13 words to add to your vocabulary, via Wordables.
Lastly, from the By Heart series in The Atlantic, Joshua Cohen discusses his love of Dostoyevsky’s The Double, and the complexities of authors who place themselves in their novels.
I have placed myself in this story and now I am leaving it. Was I a ghost? Of course not. I’ve checked.