10 November 2003

From far away, a novelist friend of mine writes:

"A couple of years ago I found myself at a literary festival where the writers actually outnumbered the audience. To make things worse, we were tucked away in the countryside, so you couldn't run away. It was a mightmare. All those authorial egos in a confined space: like squashing a whole packet of marshmallows into a matchbox."

SHOWCASE TIME: please read

Talking of squashing things into small spaces: the showcase of Tasmanian poets is nearly full: well, it has reached an optimum size I think and as no new submissions are coming in, or the supply has dwindled to less than a trickle, I have decided to close the call for submissions on the 30th November, yes that is the final final deadline for submissions. Please spread the word and let people know. This deadline gives me December and January to complete the showcase and have it ready for the next periodic round of archiving by the National Library of Australia's Pandora project early in 2004.

SO poets please send me updates to your entries and any news you have to be added to the section with your work.

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