28 November 2007

time out of time

On the Birth of his Son

Families, when a child is born
Want it to be intelligent.
I, through intelligence,
Having wrecked my whole life,
Only hope the baby will prove
Ignorant and stupid.
Then he will crown a tranquil life
By becoming a Cabinet Minister.

Su Tung-p'o (1036-1101 CE), trans. Arthur Waley

26 November 2007

Trust : Kathleen Mitchell Award

About The Kathleen Mitchell Award

The Kathleen Mitchell Award is an Award dedicated to encourage young Australian authors to achieve their dreams.

Established by the will of the late Kathleen Adele Mitchell who directed the Award to encourage “the advancement, improvement and betterment of Australian literature, to improve the educational style of the authors and to provide them with additional amounts and thus enable them to improve their literary efforts”.

First established in 1996, the Award is a biennial award with prize money being $7,500.

Eligibility is for those authors that are under thirty (30) years of age at the time of their book’s publication. The author must also be a resident of Australia for the twelve months preceding the closing date for entries and must be either Australian or British born, or be a naturalised Australian.

Closes 22 February 2008

Trust : Kathleen Mitchell Award

Tom Collins Poetry Prize

One to look at. The closing date is 31 December.Fellowship of Australian Writers WA

18 November 2007

Cross cultural dance

This is not directly literary, though I've posted it here because of the unique cross-cultural experience. Fascinating.

Aboriginal interpretation of Zorba the Greek.

And a bit from YouTube:

Frank Djirrimbilpilwuy from Milingimbi has been in the Indigenous Media Industry for many years and has been a long-standing member and supporter of the Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association, TEABBA Radio. He has worked Independently in Music and Film for many years also.

As the man behind the camera and release of the video, Frank is also representing the dance group who call themselves "The Chooky Dancers". Frank has said that he filmed the footage at this years Ramingining Festival on the 30th September 2007 and knew it would be "something special" as soon as he saw the boys rehearsing. "The crowd went wild as you can see in the video, and the classic song Zorba the Greek has now become a hit overnight in the communities and now it seems, everywhere else too" Frank said.
In just one week of being released onto "You Tube" by the staff at TEABBA Media Services, the video has received rave reviews been given a 5 star rating and has now been viewed well over 15,000 times.

It's many more now. A brilliant piece.

6 November 2007

[Tas] Poetry Discussion Group: 21 Nov: An afternoon with Dr Gina Mercer


Dr Gina Mercer will be the guest of the Poetry Discussion Group on Wednesday afternoon, 21 November 2007; 2 to 4 p.m.

The Poetry Discussion Group has met for many years on the third Wednesday of each month at the Church Street Adult Education Centre (music room). For November, their guest speaker is Dr Gina Mercer – poet, creative writing teacher and editor of Island. Gina's most recent collection, Handfeeding the Crocodile, stylishly published by Pardalote Press, will be on sale along with other collections of Gina's poems.

In a recent review of Handfeeding the Crocodile, Simon Patton commented on the "moments of tenderness and of grim human drama scattered throughout this collection" and on the "inventiveness of the language [being] well matched to the intensity of the experience evoked" (Island, n.110, 2007).

$5 donation to cover fees. Afternoon tea/coffee will be available.

Contact: Megan Schaffner, ph: (03) 6225 2360; email: mschaffner [at] auswide.net.au

Source: email announcements received 6 November 2007.

5 November 2007

Have a look at this

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3 November 2007

Nanowrimo anyone?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30... More at: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/whatisnano

Short story competitions to enter in 2019

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