The art or writing
The art or writing
The Queensland Poetry Festival hits our city in August with a plethora of poems, spoken word and comedy. Breaking us out of our everyday monotony with the impact of Anisa Nandaulaâ€™s words, the festival this year has the theme of Distant Voices. Voices from across the globe cut through the strata of society to highlight social issues from racism to inequality.
Victoria Carless is an established Brisbane playwright and is now entering the Young Adult genre. Her debut novel The Dream Walker is available now. The Creative Issue went along to her launch party at Avid Reader Bookshop in West End for her conversation with publisher Kate Stephens from Hachette.
Another year, another writers festival returns with events for children, teens and adults alike. The Brisbane Writers Festival will host events around the city between the 7th â€“ 11th of September, engaging our minds and sprinkling the city with boundless creativity.
“Okay, sh**’s happened, my number’s up – now what are we going to do?” Writer, healthcare worker and ethicist Dr Sarah Winch talks to us about how we can plan in the face of the inevitable for the best death possible.
Looking to fill a free night this week? Brisbaneâ€™s very own Mel Buttle is at the Powerhouse as part of the Comedy Festival.
â€œI was waiting for something to make me feel happy so Iâ€™d be grateful, but itâ€™s sort of the reverse: when you become grateful, you get happy.â€
Paige Townsend is not your ordinary 24 year old writer. We spend an afternoon with her to chat to her about her published work and her inspiration.
WhenÂ Caitlin DoughtyÂ was 23, she scored her dream jobâ€¦Â as a cremator of human remains. Caitlinâ€™s memoir,Â Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Confessions from the Crematorium, is an enlightening, hilarious, gruesome and ultimately refreshing portrayal of Caitlinâ€™s foray into the world of the dead.
I had heard a lot about this book before I started reading it, from friends, from critics, from the Internet, all talking about how good it was, how clever it was, how it could make you well up with emotion and start laughing in the same sentence. And yet, it still took me years to pick up the book, and to get past the fact that it was co-authored.
If youâ€™re a poet, a performance artist or just a lover of words with a very short attention span, mark the Queensland Poetry Festival down in your diary. Under the new creative management of David Stavanger and Anne-Marie Te Whiu, and with a huge line-up of artists and events, the biggest event in Brisbane poetry is looking better than ever.