Get ready for schoolies v.2 (this time, smarter and better decisions all round), Byron Bay Writers Festival is coming up next week. There are talks on everything interesting: first fiction, sexuality on and off the page, extreme environments and creativity, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing, misogyny and women's writing, crime writing and more. There’s also the slam championship heats (feat. CJ Bowerbird & Kelly-Lee Hickey) and workshops on magazine feature writing and freelancing, non-crappy journalism, getting published for the first time, and writing without dying (thanks DBC Pierre).
I also really just want to write out this list of my personal crushes attending: Peter Carey, Paul Kelly, Anne Summers, Susan Wyndham, Benjamin Law, Melina Marchetta, David Astle, and Leunig. If you see them, shout them a hair wrap or a banana smoothie on me.
... I COULD GO ON or you can see the program here.
Pretty much just exhausted myself, and then realised I also have to do Melbourne Writers Festival. Which is just ridiculous. Do yourself a favour and just look through the whole program here, and then get over your aversion to Tiger Airways and get down there. I’ll do a special on it next week, cowgirl’s promise. Just FYI, applications for MWF volunteers close on Sunday!
Also – if lit. festivals are what you live for and you think you can't get enough – click here for a darn-comprehensive calendar of events in Aus. this year from genre writer Jason Nahrung. Although, if you’re not going to any of the festivals, that’s okay too. Plenty more events for me to encourage you to attend, a.k.a make you feel lazy for staying home and watching Hannibal every night.
Long-standing Seizure friend and top-notch photographer, Matthew Venables, is part of a collaborative exhibition at 107 Projects (which he is a founding member and director of - you go M. Venables!). It’s called URBANAL/ SCHMURBANAL and is on from the 1-11 of August. Opening night Thursday, 6–9pm.
Lastly but by no means lastly, PM Newton is also talking crime writing at the State Library on Wednesday the 31st July. Her excellent article in the latest issue of Seizure is part of the inspiration for this excellent session so if you enjoyed that, get on down.
In other news:
The world has really taken a liking to Patrick Lenton’s Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. It’s on Galley Cat, being chatted about on Reddit and, blow me down, was featured in the Guardian too. The challenge is featured on Going Down Swinging and Spook.
Some of you may be familiar with the genius work of in-house Xou designer, Roy Chen. If not - I believe his most recent tote illustration for the always-delicious Black Star Pastry is a fine introduction to his work. This is what happens when Roy is given the brief: 'I want an old-fashioned drawing with a pie in it'.
I'll end on a sweet deal - the fabulous Co-Op are also going a 2-for-1 Seizure Promo (and they've even thrown in some kind words for free!).
Bye bye now!