News from me is I've been catching up on the "intelligent, funny, female, football podcast," Outer Sanctum, getting around on my new commuter bike, doing some morning writing at the communal table at Fitzrovia and checking out the new Melbourne - City of Literature website. That's the good stuff. After a pretty positive day at the 2016 Creative Industries Engagement Forum, where representatives across the sector discussed the new Creative Industries Strategy and opportunities for collaboration, that mood took a hit when the Federal funding allocations were announced. I'm not sure about you but it certainly dampened my creative drive. I'm still trying to work out a way that proves creative value with a measure that has a direct relationship with dollars, but my time of mathematical derivations was decades ago and it makes my head spin now!
Hats off to the many leaders and advocates who are posting, petitioning and rallying together to help keep spirits and productivity up. So let's write! I've updated the details on the website and locked in next dates at new venues (see below) - please don't hesitate to get in touch to book a place or ask me any questions. It is work - It's also a retreat. I hope to look after you or a writer in your life one Sunday soon.
In the meantime, keep writing.
WriteSpace Retreat at Donkey Wheel House
Sunday 19th June
Sunday 17th July
Donkey Wheel House is a Kinfolk business - while we spend a day writing in The Platform we'll be supporting their volunteer program and charity partners.
WriteSpace Retreat at Writers Victoria
Sunday 14th August
Writers Victoria is all about writing. Join other Writers Victoria members to spend the day writing in the boardroom at The Wheeler Centre.
Listen to Colm Toibin on how a novel can begin with just one perfectly shaped sentence. It's an excellent 13:50 minute excuse to take a break with a fresh brew. Call it research.
Looking forward to local...New Release
I'm so looking forward to getting my hands on Michelle Wright's debut short story collection, 'Fine'. Allen & Unwin call Wright "a future star of Australian Literature" and I have no doubt that's a valid claim she'll live up to. If you haven't read Wright's work yet (and she's not one to shout about herself) here's her story 'Maggot', which won the final Age Short Story Award in 2013, ahead of Graeme Simsion's story, 'Three Encounters With The Physical'.