It's reaping time at the Ranch and it looks like we've come up short again. Here is the root of the root and the bud of just one bud. Thanks a lot, Monsanto.
I don't care about anything but novellas today! Adapt to the situation and move on somehow!
Spin the wheel, raggedy man!
Six writers enter, three leave. Technically they’re all free to go, but three of our lucky shortlisted Viva La Novella authors will be winners as of this evening! If you are lucky enough to be in Melbourne right now and smart enough to be attending any of the great events featured in this years Melbourne Writers’ Festival, then surely you are attending tonight’s Viva La Novella 2015 launch? Surely! 5:30pm at the MWF Festival Club at ACMI—the event is free, get on your Segway now! You can make it!
If you would like to hear Jane Rawson’s voice in order to adapt it to your inner monologue, here she is on Radio National, in an interview about climate change. She’s also had her short fiction We saw the same sky published in Overland, and will be available for your viewing pleasure at two events during the MWF. Catch her after a screening of cinematic classic Outbreak along with two other speculative fiction writers, Max Barry and James Murphy, for a discussion on science, disease and hope. They will also be joined by Dr Cody Allison, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. If you are too lazy to watch a movie like a normal person, why not catch Jane next Friday 28 for Is Climate Change the New Apocalypse? Also featuring James Bradley and hosted by Michael Green, tickets can be purchased here.
Mark Brandi has been vey busy (apart from writing a fantastic novella), so if you’d like to read more from him, check For Bridiein The Big Issue, Like Icein Mascara Literary Review and Listen to someone you don’t agree with – for a change, in The Age.
Meanwhile, Christy Collins can be found and followed on twitter, and Nick Gadd finds interesting things around Melbourne and writes about them for you. You can read The Walking Thing by Marlee Jane Ward at Interfictions Online, and keep up with her via her website and twitter. Keep up with all of Libby Sommer's achievement's via her website, found here.
If you are sadly unable to make it tonight, check in with Seizure on twitter for all the latest news from the Viva launch. You never know, your new favourite novella just might be newly published and released upon the world in a few short hours! I'm growing very nervous for our short-listed authors. Steel yourselves, Viva writers! Imagine your skeleton is made entirely out of equilateral triangles.
Don’t forget to keep up-to-date with MWF via their twitter feed as well. If you’re running out of fancy notebooks and have a novel you can review in less than a tweet, enter the #microreview competition for the chance to win exclusive MWF Moleskins! Running from yesterday to 30 August, review in under 140 characters to be in the chance to win. Fancy!
With all that wonderfulness dealt with, now I can tell you about the latest Flashers. Two Silver Teapots by Tanya Vavilova reminds us that we’re never alone as long as we have a tea service nearby, while Maize will leave you looking over your shoulder. Both are accompanied by amazing artwork by Yiscah Symonds.
If you’re looking for something longer to read, click here for Vincent Silk’s short fiction piece, The Hurt Each Other Club. I could put a ‘first rule of Fight Club’ joke here but I am not a hack. Vincent’s writing is unique, confronting and just plain beautiful. Make some time to read this.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week begins on Saturday! This year’s theme is ‘books light up our world’ so make sure your child beats all the other children’s Book Week costumes by adding fire. The Children's Book of the Year awards will be announced today, click here to see the shortlisted books and authors.
For my last tiny bit of novella related business, Daniel Young of Tincture Journal is working his way through 56 classic novellas (you've only got 52 left!) at his blog. Daniel, ditch those oldies and pick up our winners tomorrow!
Three more novellas from amazing new Australian talent await you in the eventide.