This week, I've rounded up three types of things that are really great, and totally free to do: reading, listening and attending. Read:
Another big gun stepped into the debate surrounding the economics and value of literary culture in Australia this week. Lisa Dempster, director of the MWF, added her comments on the Wheeler Centre blog this week, and Sam Cooney talked to Stilts about independant publishing and the likes. And for a more comforting read on the subject, revisit Dr Damon Young's article on the significance of lit festivals to civilistion.
Here's another thing: Zadie Smith interviewing Ian McEwan. It begins with Zadie saying 'I interviewed Eminem a while ago...' and only gets better.
And if you love a well-crafted letter, and you love famous people, then you probably already love the blog Letters of Note. There's letters from just about everyone worth writing a letter, but here are some stand outs from writers: an inspiring letter to students from Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski says thank you, David Foster Wallace asks for writing advice from Don Dellilo... and so much more.
Seizure Music Cover Man, Edward Deer, is having a gig at Brighton Up Bar next Thursday (the 14th). If you came to our launch, you will remember that he is very wonderful and probably walked out with his EP.
The third episode of the Meanjin podcast is up and features our very own Novella-winner Jane Jervis-Read reading her latest story 'Freshwater Dreaming'. Which is a good reminder that there is now less than a month to go until deadline. Keep those novellas coming.
And remember, Seizure Sessions are up on our site and always there for a listen too.
If you're a UTS communications student, then make sure you get down the Wordstock V tonight. Students will be reading/performing their poetry, prose, short plays, monologues, hybrid writing things, songs (with words) or creative non-fiction (here's your chance to read out that amazing essay). The crowd will be boozed up and 100% supportive - what better opportunity to release your creativity unto the world?
A while we're on the topic of talented UTS graduates... poet, writer and artist Astrid Lorange is having a performance art exhibition at I.D Gllery, COFA. The show is called 'Mixed Oranges' and will feature Lorange live-writing onto a projected screen. Tonight is it's final hurrah!
Also tonight, in Melbourne, is the Visible Ink 25th Anthology launch. Get down and mingle with emerging writers and artists.
The SPUNC Most Underrated Book Award is being presented at the Wheeler Centre next Friday, featuring great Australian fiction and wine.
And Writers Bloc is having their second party at the Royal Botanic Gardens on December 1st. Picture picnic blankets, clever writers, cheese and wine.
As a parting gift, have a look at Cordite's Pumpkin project, edited by Kent MacCarter. In particular we're loving Marijka Gooding's take on Michael Farrell's TV which appeared in the 'Crime' issue of Seizure.
Thank you, and good day!