That autumn chill has set in; we’re reading more, drinking too much tea, finding our own unique approaches to the perfect scarf tie (toss? arrangement?) and putting the final touches on our Sydney Writer’s Festival program. I already gave you my picks in a different post, but if you don’t believe me, Concrete Playground have put together a fine top ten, if we do say so ourselves, as has The Vine. To add to the festival fever, the SWF unveiled poetic garbo trucks, which look pretty great. If you’re a poet and you know it or a UTS writing student, you may have rubbed shoulders with the fabulous Martin Harrison, whose work is featured alongside some big shots.
The excitement continues (I hope you’re excited), with the inaugural First Nations Australia Writers Workshop being held at the State Library of Queensland this week. Seizure editor, Alice Grundy, is a lucky attendee and you can keep up with her live updates here or follow #FNAWW.
Music and writing, a lot of magic things happen when these cats get together. The Lifted Brow has released a bangin’ series of writer mix-tapes. Highlights include Pip Smith’s lady-licious mix with dance notes included, Chris Womersley’s mix of strange/beautiful tracks, and Lawrence Leung’s collection of old faves. The SWF are taking listeners on a musical adventure with their event Troubadours and Minstrels, and chatting about how lyrics and poetry collide at their Words and Music session. The EWF are in on the action too with their event Turn the Words Up Loud. Because we’re in the Crime zone, I thought this was re-post-able too: crime writers discuss their ‘killer soundtracks’ in an article by Martyn Waites.
If you want to feast your eyes on some cartoon-y treats, Bailey Sharp has posted up a new comic. First published in issue two of Irene, the seven-page comic is up in instalments on her blog. Bailey is a featured artist in our upcoming Crime issue and does awesome stuff.
Before I go – a reminder to keep those Crime Flashers submissions coming! We’ll start publishing the shortlist soon and will announce the winner at our launch.