There's been a lot of stuff going on this week with no overarching meta-theme for your reading convenience, so I’m just going to lay it down right here. With hyphens and bold. A few interesting tidbits - Brain Pickings has unearthed an unlikely little something to remember our favourite Sopranos star by. An audio recording of James Gandolfini reading Maurice Sendak’s 1970s controversial children’s classic, ‘In the Night Kitchen’. Worth a listen, there is something eerily delightful about the whole thing.
#MSWL (Manuscripts With List) went off this week - a good read if you're thinking about submitting your work/ looking for inspo.
An extract from Kelly-Lee Hickey's piece 'Smarter Than Your Average Bogan' from this year's Emerging Writer book, is now up courtesy of the Wheeler Centre blog. The article looks at the challenges and opportunities for regional writers and follows Kelly-Lee's journey to the national and international stage.
Flavourwire delivered a few treats this week – an article on the method of writing the last chapter first, featuring the likes of Margaret Mitchell, John Irving, Agatha Christie, J.K. Rowling and Edgar Allen Poe. They also released an ultimate literary calendar with a bookish event each day to fill up spaces in birthday cards for book-lovers all year round. E.g. on my birthday, the mighty Poe was at it again, found wandering the streets of Baltimore deliriously and wearing someone else’s clothes (a.k.a. new birthday inspiration).
For the diary - the State Library is hosting a talk called ‘The Not So Simple Art of Murder’. They’ve invited three intelligent, kick-ass women (PM Newton, Anne Summers and Malia Nunn) to discuss the issues within contemporary crime fiction. This event was inspired by PM Newton's excellent article in the latest issue of Seizure which you can get at all good bookstores and on our site of course. All the details/ booking info here.
The State Library of NSW has also got an excellent event on next Thursday called 'Book Stack', it's a Book Night(Club) and features three of our favourite things: wine; cheese; books!
Playwrights – The Arts Platform are hosting a series of events just for you running the first Sunday of the month until November. This Sunday (7th) is all about how playwrights in Sydney can positively join forces with organisations and each other. It’s only five bucks on the door!
Prize alert – Scribe Publications have teamed up with Express Media to launch the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. It’s open to writers aged 30 or under who are working on a long-form nonfiction work (entries between 5,000 – 10,000 words). Cash prize of $1500 plus the opportunity to meet with a publisher/editor from Scribe.
Shout out – to Chris Palazzolo, whose novella was shortlisted in our inaugural Viva La Novella competition. Chris has just had his first collection of poetry published by Regime Press. Entitled Unhoused, the collection has been a work in progress for more than two decades, a process which the author discusses over a bottle of red in an interview here.