Saturday, June 27, 2009

Crazy BIG Things

Crazy BIG things going on for me in the next couple months:

The Ghost Poetry Project

Melbourne launch: Friday, Aug 14, 6-7:30 pm at Old Melb Gaol. Launched by Kevin Brophy.

Sydney launch: Saturday, Sept 5, 4-6 pm at St Stephens in Newtown. Launched by Peter Kirkpatrick.


One of the best gigs going and I get to feature on August 13, the night before my Melbourne book launch. Following that I’ll be featuring for Wordplay at the upcoming Melbourne Writers Festival along with poets Ben Ezra, Chris Wallace Crabbe, Chloe Wilmott Jackson and Geoff Lemon.

Thriller (Liner Notes)

In more Melbourne Writers Festival news, I’m performing for THE hottest ticket in town, Liner Notes. And yep, we’re doing none other than MJ’s Thriller. So, yep, it's gonna be big!

For each Liner Notes event, novelists, poets, comedians, writers, hip hop artists and the like are assigned a track each from a much-loved album. They're invited to create a response to it in any way they see fit. All up, it makes for a great themed night, combining the best of literary, anecdotal and musical pleasures.

At the Toff in Town on Thursday, 27 August. Starring Linda Jaivin, Nick Earls and Josh Earl. Check the MWF website for more details soon.

ps. the track I’ve been entrusted with is Thriller! ARGGGH. I'm not worthy. I’ve booked in lessons this week to get some moves down.

Dog Chain 4-7-9-1 or How the Goose Broke Open
(working title)

While all of this rolls on, and thanks to the Australia Council, I’m writing my new play. I haven’t spoken much about it yet because… well, superstitious reasons I guess. But I’m attempting (in a pretty lame way) to say a bit more than usual in this post.

Based upon convict stories and escape myths it is an inspired mash up of characters such as the bushranger/escape artist, Martin Cash, and the cannibal, Alexander Pearce. It is a world of quarantine, paranoia, madness, love and dreams, separated by a chain of savage dogs.

Jeez, wish me luck. I'm exhausted just thinking about it all ;)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Surfer SA (stuff)

Okay. The Sydney dates for the launch of the The Ghost Poetry Project are now confirmed. So here are the full details again. My cover is coming soon (I promise).

Melbourne launch: Friday, Aug 14, 6-7:30 pm at Old Melb Gaol. Launched by Kevin Brophy.

Sydney launch: Saturday, Sept 5, 4-6 pm at St Stephens in Newtown. Launched by Peter Kirkpatrick.

I am SO chuffed to have Kevin Brophy and Peter Kirkpatrick doing the launch honours. Such support is truly humbling. Thanks guys!

Now I’ve just come home from performing at the Going Down Swinging launch up in Melbourne. It was a great night and had a top response to my work. The Sydney launch is tonight in fact, so I’m hoping it all goes well up there too.

While up in Melbourne I got to hang out with Daniel Ducrou. He's been a joy to meet. And a surfer from SA, wouldn't you know. We stayed up late workshopping titles for his forthcoming book with Text. So check out his link. He’s a cool dude.

And a big shout out to Steven Amsterdam whose book Things We Didn’t See Coming (Sleepers Publishing) I’ve just had the pleasure of reading. Thanks Steven. I mean, wow!

Finally check out the submission guidelines for Four W this year. It’s closing soon and Four W have launches planned for Sydney, Wagga and Melbourne. So chances are you’ll be able to take your mum along to one.

Stay tune now 'cause I’ll be posting the talk I did for the emerging Writers festival. The Art Vs Craft (bunny incident).


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Made From the Matter of Stars

Below is a link to Made From the Matter of Stars, a performance piece I was commissioned to write for Going Down Swinging. This abridged version was part of a show titled Static that involved myself, Sean M Whelan and Alicia Sometimes.

It's up at IndieFeed for just a few days. So hope you like it.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Ghost Poetry Project

Okay. So this is where we're at with the new book...

Will show you the cover soon. We're working on it now and so far it's lookin HOT.

Melbourne launch: Friday, Aug 14, 6-7:30 pm at Old Melb Gaol. Launched by Kevin Brophy.

Sydney launch: most likely the weekend of 5/6th Sept. Launched by Peter Kirkpatrick. (location still to come, but there's been talk of St Stephens in Newtown).

Ten night. Ten haunted locations. One terriyfing adventure aacross Australia.

From a gaol cell to a lunatic asylum to a night in a haunted hearse, The Ghost Poetry Project is one poet's attempt to find a language of guts and daring. A unique exploration of fear, courage and the power of mystery and myth.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Post EWF (bunny report)

After a panel session in the Yarra Room this bunny went to browse the EWF zine fair and hang out with his pal the wooden wombat. He had a great time in Melbourne and thinks the Emerging Writers Festival totally dacks on all others.