Spring has sprung, and the lit festivals are in full bloom again. Here are some things to get involved in:
Brisbane Writers Festival kicks off on the 3rd of September and runs for a week. Think talks on science fiction, romance, YA fiction, political debates and public lectures, Junot Diaz, The Stellar Prize Spelling Bee, comic and graphic narrative forums, The Lifted Brow, The Ned Kelly Awards and that's about 5% of what's on offer to see and do. The full program is here.
The Queensland Literary awards are also in the last few days of their Pozible campaign to raise the funds to keep the Award going this year. It's Australia's only people-powered Literary Award, so they really need the people-power to make it happen. You can donate here.
If you missed out on the MWF action, allow the internet to make you feel like you were a little bit there. The Writers Festival website has a number of videos up (including Tavi's keynote), as well as blog posts covering talks with Peter Singer, Margo Lanagan and more to come. Radio National also has your back, with interviews with Tavi Gevinson, Laurent Binet and Boris Johnson up online. And Sean Watson has laid down the fateful meeting of Teju Cole and Sam Twyford-Moore for your reading pleasure.
The Festival of Dangerous Ideas has also launched its program, so I recommend you go idea-hunting. Full run-down to come closer to November (but if you can't wait, Broadsheet have their top picks up), but for now, get a little familiar cause it's looking pretty extreme. David Simon is headlining, for example...
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation has its annual Literacy Day on next Wednesday (the 5th of September), and there's a whole bunch of ways that people are showing their support, including events and fundraisers (think: Jumbanna, Sydney Story Factory, MCA etc), and donations from publishers and bookstores. There's also The Great Bookswap happening in schools. It's great alright.
A few non-festival tidbits:
Watch out True Crime lovers - there's a new podcast in town. And it's hosted by John Safran. Watch this space.
Get your 50-500 word fiction in for a great new project coming up called In the Night Garden, hosted as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival. Selected entries will be illuminated as part of an art installation. See your words illuminated! Submissions close the 4th of September. More Fringe Festival events here!
The newest online lit publication, Tabula Rasa, are also seeking short stories, poems, creative non-fiction and novel extracts. Send in your stuff by September 11th.
And now, everyone, reserve fifteen minutes and read Why The Creators Of Breaking Bad Don’t Deserve Our Money on Junkee.
And a few Seizure tidbits:
In case you missed it last week, Seizure annouced the four winning editors of our Stepping Stones project! A big congratulations to Emily Stewart, Elena Gomez, Carody Culver and Patrick Allington! These fine editorial folk will be selecting four winning novellas at the end of this year... so get writing, give them some gold!
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the Seizure Pozible campaign! We've come so far already, we're stoked. We just need a little bit of love to get us over the line. In the words of Florence and the Machine, we believe that 'You've Got The Love'. Donate (and see our stacks of rewards) here.