PICTURE 1000 WORDS

Picture 1000 Words

This September my writing will be exhibited in photo-literary collaboration PICTURE 1000 WORDS. The exhibition, which explores the power of images to inspire written creativity, will be exhibited from the 2nd to the 29th of September at the City Library Gallery, Melbourne.

Fascinated by the varying interpretations that people often make of his images, documentary and travel photographer Cam Cope decided to conduct an experiment: to see what happens when authors are invited to respond to his photographs in writing. Playing on the old adage ‘a picture paints a thousand words’, Cam Cope asked each author to respond to a collection of enigmatic photographs from around the world.

None of the writers were told the real world origins of the photos and our imaginations were left to fill in the details (I still do not know where my picture was taken). Each story had to be penned to an exact 1000 word count for authenticity. Which is a detail that I respect but found hard to complete. It was an exciting process to be part of that began back in 2012. My story ‘South Beach’, that will be included, inspired the longer ‘Home’ published in the UTS Anthology.

The exhibition will feature thirteen large print photographs by Cam Cope, paired with thirteen one-thousand-word short stories written by Alice Allan, Andrew Bitfield, Jessie Cole, Rijn Collins, Brett Hamm, Kate Hennessy, Mary- anne Khan, Louise Nicholls, Ashley Orr, Holly Ringland, Luke Wright, Aisling Smith and me.

A short story anthology / photo book of Picture 1000 Words will be launched concurrently to the exhibition in September and be available for order at http://www.camcope.com. All prints are limited edition and available for sale.

Over the next few weeks I will be releasing extracts from the exhibition and hopefully more things along the same vein. Please come along to the opening night! You can RSVP here.

Also check out Cam Cope’s awesome blog: www.camcope.wordpress.com .
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Exhibition Dates: 2 – 29 September 2013
Opening Celebration: Thursday September 5th 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Venue: The Gallery @ City Library 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 8am – 7.45pm, Friday 8am – 5.45pm, Saturday 10am – 4.45pm, Sunday 12pm – 4.45pm (closed public holidays).

CONTACT Cam Cope for more info, images or interview opportunities on contact@camcope.com or 0400 565 558

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New Sydney Festival – Bleu Blanc Rogue

French festival1This weekend new festival Bleu Blanc Rouge premiers at the front of Customs House at Circular Quay, Sydney. The festival, which coincides with the anniversary of Bastille Day, celebrates French culture with music, cooking lessons, dancing and food – an idea that would get any francophile frothing.

While the festival is only short, limited to the 12th, 13th and 14th of June, it is already proving to be filled to the brim with attractions. During the festival you can book in for cooking lessons with French cuisine experts John Aymeric Saint-Lannes and John Ralley or try any number of the delicious vendors at the Bleu Blanc Rouge Village. Live performances will be shown throughout the day and night at The Caledonian Stage. On Saturday Night ‘le bal du quatorze juillet’ will be held with french and international beats played by DJ Georgina Sinclair.

For cyclist fanatics looking for a more ‘authentic experience’, make sure you head over to the Bleu Blanc Rouge Village to watch the Tour De France, shown on the big screen courtesy of SBS. French wine tastings are held on Area Bleu from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm. For full program details check the Bleu Blanc Rouge website.


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Festival Details

When:                Between Friday 12 July and Sunday 14 July from 10:00 to 22:00

Sunday 14 July 10am-5pm

Where:              Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000

Cost:                  Free

Website:            http://bbrfestival.com.au

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!

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.

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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.  

May Day Playwrights’ Festival Opening Night

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Wednesday marked the opening night of the May Day Playwrights’ Festival held at Tap Gallery. Over the next two weeks the exciting new festival will showcase the writing of Australian playwrights.

Last week, the festival presented the work of the 7-ON Playwrights with performances of monologues from their published collection: ‘No Nudity, Weapons or Naked Flames’. The monologues were directed by festival co-director Augusta Supple.

The opening night was a lively event with many of the Sydney scene’s movers and shakers, and theatre makers, in attendance. Delicious rolls were on offer from new franchise Mr Crackles. The five spiced pork belly with crispy crackling and Vietnamese salad proved to be a favourite among the theatre goers.

This week will showcase a collection of nine monologues and duologues titled ‘The Solitudes’, directed by nine directors and performed by nine actors. Little God, directed and written by AFI -Award winning actor Nicholas Hope, will finish off the exciting festival with a performance from festival co-producer Jeremy Waters.

To purchase tickets:

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Festival Producers Augusta Supple and Jeremy Waters.

The Season

Three x 1 Week Seasons: 8th- 25th May 2013

Performing Wednesdays – Saturdays,  8pm
The Tap Gallery Theatre, 278 Palmer St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
75 Minutes (No Interval)
TICKETS: $20/ $15
PLAYWRIGHTS BONUS: Receive a concession priced ticket if you provide the Mayday Box Office Staff with a new play to read.
To purchase tickets: