Emerging Writers’ Festival

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On the cold morning of the 30th of May, I got myself on a plane and made my way to the Emerging Writers’ Festival. While I only had time to see three events, it was awesome. I attended ‘The Emerging Writer Book Launch’, ‘Late Night Live with Literary Magazine -Flash Fiction with Seizure’ and ‘The Pitch’, all of which were amazing. Next year, I will leave myself more time/ plan ahead more.

Highlights include:

-Seeing the amazing Khairani Barokka perform ‘Red’! Amazing performance! Such                         an incredible person.
-Seeing Ross Onley-Zerkel host ‘The Emerging Writer Book Launch’ with AUSLAN         interpreters translating. He was really engaging and a great host.
-Seeing Rebecca Slater (winner of the Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing) read from her winning story ‘Stewed Fruit’ at Flash Fiction with Seizure.
-Hearing about all the no-nos of writing at ‘The Pitch’. Also, live tweeting for the first time. It is awkward and stressful – not a highlight
-Finding out about Seizure and that many of the people are from Sydney
-Going to ‘Naked for Satan’ to get $1 tapas. Blows my mind every time.

Wish I could have done a proper write up for all these events but I was letting myself be fully immersed in the Emerging Writers’ Festival and that’s important too. Great to meet so many cool people. Woo!

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Shortlisted for Monash University Undergraduate Prize

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A month ago I was shortlisted for the EWF Monash University Undergraduate Prize. It was a huge honour to be shortlisted and I’m very excited to announce that my short story ‘Home’ is now available in an ebook published by Penguin. The ebook is called Promise: Monash University Undergraduate Prize Shortlist and has only recently gone live. Have a look! A big thanks to Emerging Writers’ Festival and Monash University, I feel incredibly encouraged and feel just a little more confident calling myself an emerging writer.

You can read it or buy it through The Penguin SiteAppleAmazon or Google.

Sydney Writers’ Festival – The UTS Writers’ Anthology Launch

The UTS Writers’ Anthology launch was celebrated on Friday 24 May as part of Sydney Writers’ Festival. The launch marked the end of a long process of editing and selection undertaken by the editors: Zoë Adler Bishop, Lucy Faerber, Rhys McGowan, Lonie Pizarro, Callum Rhodes, Jacqui Williams and Justin Wolfers. The process took only six months, half the time of a usual publication, and involved the selection of 32 pieces from over 300 submissions.

It also marks me getting published in the UTS Writers’ Anthology alongside some fantastic authors. I am very happy to have found myself with a shiny new publication, as can be seen by my happy squinty eyes.

To see all the wonderful writers please click here. If you click on each writers name you will see a little interview with them and also their favourite line (I only just discovered this).

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You can purchase the ebook version of the UTS Writers’ Anthology here and follow the tumblr here.

Sydney Writers’ Festival – Kate Tempest and Anis Mojgani

On the 26 of May, international performance poets Kate Tempest (UK) and Anis Mojgani (USA) graced the Sydney Writers’ Festival with breath taking performances. Responding to each others work they performed several poems to a packed crowd. Audiences vied for prime positions and front row dwellers mouthed to words, people peeked through windows and dangled legs over banisters. It was a wonderful compliment to the earlier spoken word poetry event Troubadours and Minstrels and the atmosphere was warm and friendly.

Performances were made by Skye Loneragan, Miles Merrill, CJ Bowerbird, Jo Sri, Tom Hogan (aka Scott Sandwich) and others. It was wonderful to see local talents alongside international performers, and to see that the spoken word poetry scene has so much to offer. The performances of poets from so many varied cultures and experiences brought an atmosphere of creativity, collaboration and community to the event.

Photo by Jamie Williams.

Photo by Jamie Williams.

Sydney Writers’ Festival – Troubadours and Minstrels

Candy Royalle with troubadours.

Candy Royalle with troubadours.

Troubadours and Minstrels was an explorative spoken word poetry event held as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, hosted by slam poetry non-for profit Word Travels. After being split into four groups, guests were invited to explore a different side of the Rocks. The audience members were led through the historic area by troubadours to cracks and crevasses where minstrels appeared and performed. In the first week (18th, 19th May), it was the poetry of Cj ShawJade Oldfield, Catherina Behan and Tom Hogan (aka Scott Sandwich) that dazzled the audience. The second week (26th May) featured performances by Anis Mojgani, CJ Bowerbird, Jo Sri and Eleanor Jackson. Both weeks were hosted by Candy Royalle.

It was a fantastic event that left audience members begging for more time with the very talented poets (it was hard to get them to move on). It was an honour to see such highly esteemed performers in such intimate spaces.

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2012 Australian Poetry Slam runner up Jo Sri.

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Me alongside Sally Coleman, Slam Poet and one half of Coda Conduct. https://www.facebook.com/CodaConduct

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Candy Royalle warms up the audience.

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Australian Poetry Slam 2012 winner CJ Bowerbird performing.

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Two-time winner of the Midsumma Poetry Out Loud slam and recent National Poetry Slam finalist Eleanor Jackson performing.

Eleanor Jackson performing.

Eleanor Jackson performing.

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National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam Anis Mojgani in the intimate space.

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Anis Mojgani performing.

NOTES: I was only able to get pictures of the performances on the second week. Apologies for the Iphone quality of the photos.  

Blonde in Bollywood

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If you have followed this blog closely (anyone?), you might have noticed that this Summer there was a little lapse in the consistency of my posting. I got stuck in a little non-blogging rut because I was lucky enough to travel to Mumbai with the Beyond UTS International Leadership Development Society. With the society I got to spend three weeks studying Marketing in Bollywood. It was an amazing and eye-opening experience.

I started a blog about the experience at a new site:

http://blondeinbollywood.wordpress.com/

It’s not entirely up to date, but despite this you may be interested in having a look. I had been inspired by Holy Cow: An Adventure in India by Sarah MacDonald and wanted to try my hand at travel writing.

I have included pictures, musing and incomplete journal entries. I have made a table comparing Bollywood Cinema vs. Australian Cinema. You can see that here:

http://blondeinbollywood.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/73/

Thanks again to the BUiLD for sending me. It was an absolutely amazing experience which I hope to one day turn into some good writing!

 

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Mumbai wedding

Mumbai wedding

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