27 April 2004

VERANDAH Closing date: 31 May 2004

Verandah 'contains an exhilarating mix of innovative writing, and is filled with short works that are guaranteed to entice, amuse, confront and create debate. Submissions are encouraged in any of the following categories: non-fiction,
fiction, journalism, script, poetry, graffiti, comic, photography, artwork
... surprise us!' A maximum of 3,000 words applies to each manuscript, and five minutes maximum for script writing. Submissions close on 31 May 2004. Entry fees are $5 per piece, or $10 for 3 pieces. Deakin Uni students are free, but will need supply their student number. Submissions without payment will be considered for publication, but will not be eligible for prizes. Submission forms can be downloaded from the Verandah web site at http://www.deakin.edu.au/verandah/ but are also available by SSAE to Verandah 19, C/- Faculty of Arts, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125.

24 April 2004

"I can't think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people's understanding of what's going on in the world."
Seamus Heaney
(from ThisWeek)

Literary clicks
  • Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry [interview]
  • Canadian poets up for award [link]
  • Hugo Williams awarded by Queen [link]
  • Search for UK football Chants Laureate nears end [link]
  • The Full Indian Rope Trick wins prize [link]
  • Chris Wallace-Crabbe's latest epic [link]
  • Talking with Peter Porter [link]

Acknowledgements: Quote HTML script from Mandarin Design.
Gather more poetry news during the week from Jilly Dybka's Poetry Hut Blog.
Thanks, Anne. Hope that's okay, and that you don't mind that I'm talking to you via a blogpost!

18 April 2004

'I see Best Australian Stories as part of the fightback of the short story and I'll be fishing in very different water.' — Frank Moorhouse
(from The Age, 28 February 2004, via The Austlit Gateway March / April 2004 newsletter)

Literary clicks
  • Ern Malley refuses to die. [link]
  • EU poems in London's waiting rooms. [link]
  • Marjorie Perloff on Ezra Pound. [review]
  • Elizabeth Bishop's so hot right now. [link]
  • The sonnets of Molly Peacock [interview]
  • "Oyez, oyez, oyez!" — town criers dare a poet or two. [link]
  • SMS mobile text messaging poetry competition — in Bulgaria. [link]
  • 'Echoes' by Michael Longley, from his latest book, Snow Water. [poem]
  • Attuned to the Aboriginal mind — influences in poet Neil Murray's Sing for Me, Countryman. [introduction]

14 April 2004

Tasmanian poets clean up in the Anne Elder award

Congratulations to Kathryn Lomer: winner of this year's Anne Elder award.
And second place went to yet another Tasmanian poet, Adrienne Eberhard.
Hearty congratulations from The Write Stuff!

13 April 2004

National Poetry Week -- advance notice

National Poetry Week 2004 will take place between September 4-11.


National Poetry Week has continued to grow since its inception in 2002 and this year's activities will continue to foster imaginative partnerships between poets and their communities / audiences. Since the pilot programme initiated in 2002 on a relatively short timeline and with no funding, NPW proved to be a success with poems exhibited on parking meters in Surfers Paradise (home of the Meter Maids), poetry on the buses and ferries around Brisbane, readings on the edges of the surf at Burleigh Heads, poems chalked onto the pavements of Mount Tambourine, a series of readings in historic Ayers House in South Australia, poems between the grapevines in a vineyard in NSW, trees planted with poems in Melbourne, poems on take-away food containers, as well as the great poetic invasion of clubs, pubs and community centres that took place. We managed to get poetry into newspapers, onto radio and onto the television news.

Readings were also held in traditional venues such as libraries cafes and art galleries. 2003 also saw NPW launch its international cousin, the 'Notes to a Stranger Festival' which involved poetry books being left in public spaces with a note to a stranger written in the front cover. Poetry books found their way into Native American communities, on the windscreens of police cars, on the cosmetic counters of Department stores, park benches and lots of other interesting places. This year Notes to A Stranger will also co-incide with NPW.


Join in the fun, anarchy and sheer celebration of all things poetic, by organising a reading, an event or any other surprising installation of poetry in public spaces. NPW 2004 is looking for people with originality, commitment and inventiveness who can organise interesting events, readings, workshops or exhibitions along a set of ideas. Themes and surfaces are the prompts for this year's event.

Themes and surfaces for 2004:
Gates, Doors and Sheds
The Self, the Community and the Scar; healing wounds.
Word Salad; poetry, madness and mystery
Bones, fossils and maps
Piercing Lines; poetry and body art
Open House; choose your own theme and/or surface
Outsiders and Outsides

The first weekend of National Poetry Week will coincide with the Australian Poetry Festival, organised by the Poets Union. If you would like to part of the festival on an outreach basis, visit the Poet's Union site at http://www.poetsunion.com/

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Jayne Fenton Keane
Director National Poetry Week
The Write Stuff and North of the Latté Line get linked by dumbfoundry.

10 April 2004

Lit clicks

  • Clive James writes The Book of My Enemy [review]
  • That limerick writer is a right banker [link]
  • Rapper as poet laureate? [link]
  • Black Beauty protests [review]
  • Poet as spy [link]

Richard Long

Editor of the online poetry magazine, The 2River View, is interviewed by the Poet's Canvas. Lots of useful advice about writing there.

"Dialogue Across Cultures: Identity, Place, Culture"

"Dialogue Across Cultures: Identity, Place, Culture", November 12-14, Melbourne hosted by the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies at Monash University.
Keynote and Plenary Speakers:
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (confirmed)
  • Sneja Gunew (confirmed)
  • Dipesh Chakrabarty (to be confirmed)
  • Jonathan Friedman (to be confirmed)
  • Mason Durie (to be confirmed)
  • Rob Jahnke (confirmed)
  • Arohia Durie (confirmed)
  • Tipene O'Reagan (to be confirmed)
  • Mick Dodson (confirmed)
  • Martin Nakata (confirmed)
  • Ghassan Hage (to be confirmed)
  • Paul Patton (confirmed)
  • Patrick Wolfe (confirmed)
  • Lynette Russell (confirmed)
  • Marcia Langton (confirmed)
  • Nikos Papastergiadis (to be confirmed)
Despite the fact that Indigenous, migrant, diasporic and minority cultures and identities can be taken to conceived in similar ways, in terms of a relation to an assumed 'proper' place, form, state or 'home', for example, the assumption of their alike-ness itself has a cultural politics that prompt a range of questions: What is the basis for comparisons, similarities or differentiation? The notion of 'culture-in-general', some 'proper' state, place or form, rather than offering a foundation or basis for generalization across these contexts, is often a point of contestation and debate.
The challenges offered to conceptualizations of culture and cultural identity by notions of hybridity, mimicry and recent theorizations of the politics of representation, identity and difference, have had enormous influence over a broad range of disciplines, and in relation to greatly varied social and cultural contexts. Yet, the significance of these works has differed considerably due to the way they have intersected with specific local issues and concerns. Part of their significance seems to be due to ways they have resonated with various locally specific concerns, approaches and issues. In some ways, this points to a type of cultural translation, or localizing reception that has re-inscribed and re-articulated these insights in terms that are often very different from those intended by the authors.
We are inviting abstracts for this exciting international conference on the following topics or related themes:
* The relationship between identity, culture, representation and place
* The construction of identity and culture
* Cultures and rights
* The place of identity
* Indigeneity and multiculturalism
* Diversity and difference
* Indigenous and multicultural education
* Representing and performing difference
* History, Knowledge and Indigenous culture
* Indigenous and minority nationalisms
* Globalisation and culture
* Hybridity and culture
* Race and culture
* Art and cultural difference
Please end your abstract of 500 words or less to: "Dialogues Across Cultures" organising committee Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies Monash University VIC 3800 Australia
Or by email to Stephen.Pritchard@arts.monash.edu.au
Abstract must be received by April 30th. They will then be reviewed by the organisation committee. Unfortunately, due to the scale of the conference, only a limited number of papers can be accepted.
SOURCE: Colloquy: text theory critique
url: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/others/colloquy

"Excess: Rapture and Revolution"

"Excess: Rapture and Revolution", An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium, 11 June, 2004 Graduate Centre, University of Melbourne
This is a one-day symposium organised by the editors of antiTHESIS and postgraduates in the Department of English with Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne.
The symposium will bring together postgraduate scholars and creative writers from across Australia and overseas for a day of interdisciplinary debate and academic exchange.
"We invite papers which consider the momentum of excess, as a stimulus for subjective transformation and political upheaval, as a spur to rapture and revolution. Excess suggests the limits of knowledge, experience, language, production, consumption and power, and simultaneously the rejection and dissolution of such limits.
"Scholars and creative writers are invited to direct their contribution to one of the following themes:
  • bodies and pleasure
  • hedonism, decadence, the sublime
  • the spectacle of excess
  • censorship, discipline and regulation
  • the subjective experience of excess as creative and destructive
  • excess as a thematic and stylistic feature of literary production
  • cultural forms of excess (for example, carnival, consumerism, fetishism, and technologies)
  • political revolutions as the scene of real or imagined excess
  • revolutions in the history of ideas (based on the concept of excess)
'Proposals of no more than 250 words are sought for twenty-minute papers addressing the theme of "Excess: Rapture and Revolution". Please send abstracts in the text of an email (not as an attachment) to antithesis@adhocalypse.arts.unimelb.edu.au by 26 April 2004. All proposals will be considered and responded to by 3 May 2004.
'We are pleased to announce that a limited amount of funding will be made available to subsidise the cost of travel for interstate participants.
"Excess: Rapture and Revolution" is the theme of volume 15 of antiTHESIS, Australia's longest-running interdisciplinary postgraduate journal. Presenters at the symposium will be encouraged to submit their work for publication in the fully-refereed 2005 edition of antiTHESIS.
"Fuse" is the theme of volume 14 of antiTHESIS -- the 2004 edition will be formally launched in April. Please see http://www.english.unimelb.edu.au/antithesis/ for more information.
SOURCE: Colloquy: text theory critique
url: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/others/colloquy


'Globalisation and Identities: A Literary Forum'
8-11 May 2004
Organized by the Centre for Postcolonial Writing (at the School of Literary, Visual and Performance Studies, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia. http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/english/CPW/ ) in collaboration with the State Library of Victoria.


** Saturday 8 May, An Evening with V S Naipaul
6.45 - 8.30 pm, Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston Street
Performance by the Natya Sudha Dance Company.

** Monday 10 May, Janette Turner Hospital, Robert Drewe and Kim Scott
Diverse, Doggo or Dead? Australia's cultural identity now
6.45 - 8.30 pm , State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette

** Tuesday 11 May, In Conversation with Homi Bhabha
6.45 - 8.30 pm, State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette,

Bookings through State Library essential:
$20/$15 per session; $55/40 round ticket for all three session.
telephone, State Library (03) 8664 7016; fax (03) 9639 4189;
email: bookings@slv.vic.gov.au; or use booking form

Inquiries other than bookings:
Chandani Lokuge (03) 9905 2136, email: Chandani.Lokuge@arts.monash.edu.au

SOURCE: Colloquy: text theory critique
url: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/others/colloquy

Montpelier Press

The web site for Montpelier Press now has easily downloadable order forms (WORD, RTF).
See: http://www.montpelierpress.com/order.htm

Steps the Scaffold

Launching Tasmanian author Robert Cox's Steps to the Scaffold, Prof. Henry Reynolds said among other flattering things that where Keith Windshuttle's writing on the issue of aboriginal Tasmania was the grit, Rob Cox's is the pearl.

The book is the first publication of Rob's Cornhill Press. It's an excellent production and considering that its author is not claiming to be an historian, an excellent work.

New places

This weblog has updated the blog reference for Ivy's weblog, Ivy is Here (http://ivyai.blogspot.com/) , and also references to the online presence for Ralph Wessman's famous reporter: now at "http://www.famousreporter.the-write-stuff.com.au/.

Short story competitions to enter in 2019

Thanks to the Australian Writers Centre, here's a list of s hort story competitions to enter in 2019: https://www.writerscentre.com.au/...