Seizure News and Olds
Craisins are not a real food, so why am I eating them?
In the land of Seizure, more important questions are being asked and answered. For instance: why is there only one more Late Night Library at Customs House Library? If you missed out on this week’s science fiction extravaganza, then you have one more chance to pick yourself up and admit that you like the idea of being in a library past closing time. It’s one of your secret fantasies. (Everyone knows.) 'The Enthusiast’s Guide to Musical Anarchy' features Tim Hansen and Scott Sandwich, who will take your hand and lead you on a magical journey spanning the likes of Igor Stravinsky and the nerd who wrote the Doctor Who theme music. Expect some genuine and very polite hour-long anarchy. Wednesday May 20, 8-9pm, click here to book your free ticket. Bring your mum.
The Flashers around here just keep getting better and better. An experimental piece from Joseph Earp, The Worm, is an appendix-style stream of thoughts from a character who both suffers and survives an existential crisis after finding a worm in his kale. From Clare Rhoden, we present to you a surreal Flasher built from a dream. Tigers and panthers and On Visiting Versailles: oh my.
From Oliver Mol, a wonderfully honest piece which explores the emotional rollercoaster that can be the publishing of one's first novel. Click to read Writing A Book and Living A Life Can Be Like Two Lonely Kids Gripping Each Other Because They Don’t Want To Be Alone, and find out what you're in for when that magical email finally arrives.
Sydney Writers' Festival
I’m going to go ahead and plug our friends at Seizure very soon, but in the interests of making a new and possibly best friend, I’d like to first give a plug to someone I can no longer live without. Ray Martin will be appearing in conversation with James Patterson on Friday May 8. I will be nearby, hoping to catch a fallen strand of Ray's hair so that the spell will finally work.
Now! A special RANT! will be held on Sunday May 24, 4:30-5:30. Hosted by David Henley, ranters will include Oliver Mol, Steve Kilbey, Brigid Delaney, Dee Madigan, David Hunt and Peter Polites. This is one RANT! that you do not want to miss. No restrictions, no interruptions, no censors. Head down to the Philharmonia Studio for $14 dollars worth of well placed grievance.
For something completely different, Patrick Lenton’s collection of comedic short stories and flash fiction A Man Made Entirely of Bats will be read to you by some of Sydney’s best comic actors. Head down to Bondi Pavillion on Thursday May 21, bookings are free but essential.
For those of you inclined towards poetry, and who are looking for advice on how to bring your work into the public sphere, attend Get Your Poetry Up and Out There on Thursday May 21. Featuring Fiona Wright, award winning poet and snappy dresser, the panel will discuss traditional and innovative ways to have your poetry published and heard. Also featuring Ahmad Al Rady, Michelle Cahill, Elizabeth Allen and Felicity Castagna, the event will be held at the Parramatta Artist’s Studio. Bring along some material for the open mic!
Also on Thursday May 21, The Art of the Short Story will be hosted by none other than Seizure co-founder and editor-in-chief, Alice Grundy. The inventor of Seizure's shortest short stories, Flashers, Alice will speak about the joys and vexations of short fiction with Danielle Wood, Nicholas Jose and Abigail Ulman.
Zoë Norton Lodge has a busy Saturday at SWF. She’s having a totally cruisy Friday on May 22, and just happens to be appearing in SWF Night of Nonsense: The Giant Dwarf Comes to the Wharf, performing alongside Ben Jenkins and Chris Taylor. Unfortunately, tickets for her first event on Saturday, Shaun Micallef’s America, have already sold out, but you still have a chance to see Zoë at the panel event Funny Girl: Why Women in Comedy Get the Last Laugh. Women are funny. Trust me on this one. Discussing why and how they write, Zoë will be joined by Vanessa Alexander, Zoe Coombs Marr, and the event will be hosted by Sigi Jottkandt. Lastly, Zoë will be appearing later Saturday evening to join some of Australia’s funniest comics and storytellers for SWF Night of Laughs: How Not to Live. Learn what not to do for once, but don’t not go along, do not not attend. Ok?
One more Zoë and then I am gone. Dirty bird Zoë Sadokierski will be creating The Book of Days from 10am to 5pm on Thursday May 21. Watch as Zoë produces an illustrated anthology right before your eyes, and have the opportunity to contribute via typewriter or using the hashtag #SWFBOD on twitter. The following day, Zoë will give a talk about the materials that make up the books that we read, using examples from the early 20th century and onward, and how they can change our reading experience. Her final event will be a panel held on Saturday May 23, Architects of Reading. Discussing the new ways in which we now view books, showcasing innovative projects.
All the links you deserve
The Tor.com novella competition is open.
Chart Collective is on the lookout for writing and pitches regarding relationships to the Australian environment and place.
Here is Aerogramme Studio’s list of writing competitions for May and June.
A short story competition in honour of Sir Terry Pratchett (all proceeds to Alzheimer’s research)
Why all of these cloudy days have been helping us think.
What do we want out of writing?
With that final question, I bid you good day. I want nothing more out of writing than the enthralling experience of creativity and the opportunity to wear my dressing gown all day.