The art or writing
The art or writing
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.
â€œIt occurs to him that with each tick of the clock the memory of his mother fades, and she slips away. He feels, with a rush of iced wind across his heart, that even by just lying there he is losing her, little by little. He closes his eyes and attempts with reasonable success to ransack his memory and conjure up images of her. He hopes by doing this that he will prevent her from melting away completely. He wants, deep down, to remember her back into existence.â€
The Emerging Writersâ€™ Festival might have passed, but there are still plenty of events happening for writers over the colder months. If you can convince yourself to go out into Melbourneâ€™s blustery weather, you can be rewarded with great events on for writers.
The Australian literary scene is an exciting place to be at the moment, with plenty of new authors on the rise. Weâ€™ve just seen the release of some amazing new works of fiction from young Australians, and hereâ€™s a list of people to watch over the next few years.
The Queensland Literary Awards are back, and this year so is their funding! After several long years in the wilderness, the stateâ€™s major literature prize is finally seeing some cold, hard cash from the people in powerâ€”and if youâ€™re a writer with a published or unpublished manuscript, that is a welcome sight indeed.