1. The Queensland Literary Awards were announced on Wednesday. Check out all the shiny winners here. 2. Pat Grant took the internetz by storm with the release of his new comic 'Toormina Video' and I wouldn't be adding to the hype unless it was 150% worth it. A very beautiful thing indeed.
3. In the wake of MWF, Emily Laidlaw has written a neat little piece about live-tweeting and the creative uses of twitter by authors. Read it on KYD here.
4. Kate Forsyth has written a blog post on saggy-middle syndrome and how to avoid it when writing a novel. It's even got diagrams!
5. Justin Wolfers stepped into the bigtime book reviewing arena with a bigtime review of Tao Lin's 'Taipei' for The Australian. Verrrrrrry interesting.
6. "I told somebody, at some time, that writing is like going to bed with a beautiful woman and afterwards she gets up, goes to her purse and gives me a handful of money. I’ll take it" - Charles Bukowski on writing and his ridiculous daily routine (via Brain Pickings. Thank you, always, Brain Pickings).
7. Ronnie Scott talks Instagram, visual culture and the notorious selfie on Meanjin this week and it's got digital tongues a-waggin. Read 'Face Value' online.
9. The Book Industry Collaborative Council released its final report. This sounds boring, but is actually interesting. See the whole document here.
10. The Sydney Writers' Festival have just announced that Richard Flanagan is coming to Sydney, nay, The Opera House, to talk about his new novel. Click here for details and ticket sales.
11. A new centre for culturally and linguistically diverse young writers is about to open in Melbourne. '100 Story Building' will be open for workshops, programs and one-on-one support (learn a bit more in this Q&A with the founders and Angela Meyer). Grand opening is this Saturday in Footscray (flyer here!).
12. Sydney Underground Film Festival started this week. Check out the program and go feast your eyes.
14. LIFE IN SMALL PRESS PUBLISHING.TUMBLR. If you work in publishing, prepare to have a snort over your tea tonight.
15. Seamus Heaney reads 'Death of a Naturalist' and makes you miss him already.
16. (I know I said 15 but this is important) In case you missed it yesterday, Seizure annouced it's foray into POETRY! That's right, you heard it here second. The always amazing Fiona Wright will be taking on the role of editor and will be curating three distinctly different poetry collections: think swearing, 17th century parlour games and all kinds of poet-to-poet fun. Read more in our annoucement post here!
Okay that will do, hope your brain enjoyed the T.O. Now scurry back to the election all of ya!
Till next week.