Events: Had a happy week this week? Balance it out with a big dose of SAD at the second ever Sad Club Sydney event. The evening will feature sad music, sad projections and a devastating line-up of writers sharing their saddest, most embarrassingly overwrought poetry of their youth. It’s on next Thursday – full details here.
The Lifted Brow are having a kind-of-impromptu launch in Sydney TONIGHT! So you should think about being ~spontaneous~ and coming along. Entry includes the most recent issue of TLB which, IMHO, is one of the best yet.
The NSW Writers’ Centre are focusing their upcoming ‘Talking Writing’ event on the recent revival of storytelling around Australia. For the occasion they’re bringing in a panel of talented tellers-of-stories: Sheila Pham, Ben Jenkins and Belinda Lopez. Wine and cheese included.
Speaking of storytelling, the full Storyology program is up on their site. Seizure EiC, Alice Grundy will be taking a workshop on Flash Fiction and one on finding the right home for your work. There's also international speakers and ANNABEL CRABBE.
If you were amongst the 100% of emerging writers who were excited by the recently announced Overland Short Story Prize, then I suggest you have a read of last year’s winning entry by Tara Cartland. Titled ‘Frank O’Hara’s Animals’ – the story is delicately crafted, and vacillates so wonderfully on the edge of a coming-of-age story and magic. You can also read the work of the joint runners-up, Melissa Fagan and John Turner.
If you’re short fiction lover, then you’re also going to be a lover of Ryan O’Neil’s blog – The Short of It. Content includes: a three-part post on choosing a title, a two-part list of O’Neil's picks for the top 100 short story collections, and tips for writing and editing short stories. His most recent post, 'Bailing on the Short Form’, features the writing of Peter Carey and Murray Bail, and questions the accepted ‘natural’ hierarchy of short to long-form work. Score.
Twitter also reminded me to re-visit this Meanjin article by Katharine Murphy on living connectedly and the effects of technology, overstimulation, live journalism and more (thx @samuelcooney). If this specially selected dramatic except doesn’t hook you, then you and snapchat deserve each other:
‘We are boiling frogs, chained to our devices, socialised to see relentlessness as the norm. And there’s no turning back.’