I rather thought you might all be sitting back with a hot Milo and enjoying the calm before the writers’ festival storm. However, the Seizure fam are a productive bunch (that’s why we love them), and instead, we're busy doing things like this:
Seizure ‘Crime’ author, Gretchen Shirm, was published on the SRB with her review of Ashley Hay’s The Railwayman’s Wife.
At Adelaide Writers’ Week, Pat Grant appeared in conversation with Tim Soutphommasane on the topic of multiculturalism and national identity (live recording up here), and Fiona Wright joined the panel of distinguished female poets, Josephine Rowe and LK Holt, in an evening of readings and conversation about poetry in Australia today.
Penguin Plays Rough told stories in a lighthouse, and friend of Seizure, J. Wolfers, started up an internet digest for the Penguins here. Also, Story Club is back in town next Monday, and this time they're bringing the Chaser and a video camera.
And some excellent click-bait from Overland in the lead-up to the Emerging Writers’ Festival: a piece from Stephen Knight who famously sledged an unnamed (though easily identified) lit-mag launch. Wright returns with his critique of the neo-liberal construct that is ‘the emerging writer’.
While aimlessly filling in the hours of writers block and finding myself in need of words of encouragement, harsh truths, and straight up RULES, I read up on all the rules for writers Google could find. The Guardian did a great series a while go, with highlights including Will Self’s handy hints, and Aunty Atwood, whose words are always a joy. Edgar Karet put in his two cents this week, and a warm and fuzzy two cents it is. But of course, the godfathers of writing laid down the law before any of these punks. Refresh yourself on Orwell’s commandments, and Vonnegut’s guidelines for a great story.
When David Henley is not busy being the Dad of Seizure, he is writing a science fiction trilogy. Come along and celebrate the launch of ‘The Hunt for Pierre Jnr’ at Kinokuniya!
Also, Sydney–siders, if you haven’t got your ticket to our Crime launch yet, please do join us for some good, old-fashioned, crime-time fun. Young Henry's is offering an extra incentive of a growler of beer for those who write the best sentence about their brew.
Melbourne pals, we’ve got our Flashers event at the Emerging Writers Fest coming up and would love to see your friendly faces there.