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A JOURNEY THROUGH THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL IN ANCIENT GREECE

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IN CONVERSATION

EVENT: GILGAMESH READING
VENUE: Seafood Express
ADDRESS: 83 Fitzroy St St Kilda
DATE: Saturday 6th October
TIME: 6:00 pm
COST: FREE
BOOKING: No

GILGAMESH READINGS

GILGAMESH READINGS SPOKEN WORD

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SPOKEN WORD

EVENT: GILGAMESH READING
VENUE: Seafood Express
ADDRESS: 83 Fitzroy St St Kilda
DATE: Thursday 4th October
TIME: 7:00 pm
COST: FREE
BOOKING: No

Gilgamesh Readings

ADAPTING VIRGINIA

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Adapting Virginia

IN CONVERSATION

EVENT: Adapting Virginia
VENUE: The Laneway Artspace
ADDRESS: 148A Barkly St, St Kilda
DATE: Wednesday 4th October 2018
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
COST: $35 plus booking fee
BOOKING: BUY NOW

ADAPTING VIRGINIA

Award-winning Artistic Director Peta Hanrahan in conversation with Geoffrey Williams, Founding Artistic Director of The Laneway Artspace and the St Kilda Writers Centre, followed by a Q&A. The evening will also include rehearsed readings from Peta’s playscript, adapted from A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf was adapted by Peta from Virginia Woolf’s canonical feminist text, first delivered as a series of lectures in 1928, and later published as an essay in 1929. In April/May 2016, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf was presented by Sentient Theatre with La Mama to sold-out audiences and unanimously rave reviews. Cameron Woodhead from The Age gave the production four stars, describing it as, “witty, supple, and conducted in a spirit of restless inquiry, anchoring emotion with intellect, infusing argument with narrative technique.”

Under Hanrahan’s direction and dramaturgical rigour, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf was lauded as a, “luminous, accessible production. […] On a traverse stage, four actors (Carolyn Bock, Marissa O’Reilly, Jackson Trickett and Anna Kennedy) deliver Woolf’s contentions and fugues, her conflicting internal voices and imagined characters, through a choric quartet.” In a non-naturalistic style, the four characters – The Questioner, The Diplomat, The Sceptic, and The World – represent different aspects of Woolf’s mind in conversation with each other and the audience. The text is rich with poetic imagery, and the actors share the rhythm of the argument in contrast to their individual character’s intentions and functions within the piece.

This adaptation restructures the narrative to feature four performers who represent various aspects of Woolf’s mind in conversation with herself and the audience. The piece both energetically debates and gently reflects on the history of gender disparity, while keeping Woolf’s striking use of metaphor and charming humour alive.

Today, with gender equality campaigns such as Me Too, Time’s Up and NOW Australia, this accessible production shines a light on our history with astounding relevance to contemporary society.

If you want to know what is happening in the world today, this is the perfect place to start.

Peta Hanrahan is the founding Artistic Director of Sentient Theatre and is a graduate of Directing from the VCA, having also received Arts Victoria’s Most Outstanding Graduate Award 2013.

In 2006 La Mama honoured Peta with the L.S.G. Award for Contribution to Theatre. She Directed and Produced SHRIMP winning the Drama Victoria Award 2007. As Founding Artistic Director (2008–2012) of The Dog Theatre, she received the Melbourne Fringe Festival Best Venue Award 2010 and Green Room Award 2010 Best New Venue. From 2014–2016 Peta became the Artistic Director of Verve Studios, a leading Melbourne Actors Training Centre. Some of the companies Peta has directed with include Red Stitch, Melbourne Theatre Company, La Mama and Melbourne Workers Theatre.

“… a must for literary lovers, feminists or those wishing a theatre experience presented with elegant finesse…”— Cheryl Threadgold, Melbourne Observer
“…(a) masterful production, which both engages, challenges, and delights.”
— Sarah W., The Pus One’s
“…powerful and uplifting. I could have been in a room full of intellectuals in passionate and heated discussion, the type of talk that could result in a radical change to the fabric of our society”. — Lisa Romeo, Tagg.
“The season booked out almost immediately and had an anxious waiting list for each performance”. — Peter Green 3MBS

Strictly limited capacity, and bookings are essential.

BILL GARNER – ON THE HIPPIE TRAIL

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SPOKEN WORD

EVENT: The Hippie Trail
VENUE: Seafood Express
ADDRESS: 83 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
DATE: Wednesday 3rd October 2018
TIME: 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
COST: FREE

A GILGAMESH CONNECTIONS EVENT

hippie trail, the. means – A network of destinations stretching from Europe, across the Middle East to Nepal, India, and Southeast Asia favored by young people traveling for extended periods of time on the cheap in search of se

Overland to London on $10 a week

How was it possible?

On the Hippie Trail

St Kilda writer Bill Garner tells a tale of travelling overland from Sri Lanka to Europe in 1967 and nearly not getting there

9pm Wednesday October 3

at

Seafood Express

63 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

A Gilgamesh Connections event for the St Kilda Writers Week

www.stkildawritersweek.com

WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

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WRITING WORKSHOP

EVENT: Writing Your Family History
VENUE: The Laneway Art Space – St Kilda Writers’ Centre
ADDRESS: 148A Barkly St, St Kilda
DATE: Wednesday 3rd October
TIME: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
COST: $30:00
BOOKING: CLICK HERE

ST KILDA WRITERS' CENTRE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

‘I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything and that you have truly inspired me to go on further in what I truly love. It’s been eye opening for me, and you’ve made me believe I’m more than what I was.’ – Participant, Monday Night Creative Writing Classes, Foundation Series 1

Are you a budding researcher? A student of history? Do you love exploring history? Local history? Do you have an (un)healthy addiction to hours and hours of public record searches? And when you go to sleep, do you dream of discovering where you came from and who your ancestors were on ancestry.com?

In our Living History class, we unlock your creativity and your origins, and explore the complex layers of your individual ancestry. For this class, we will be joined by award-winning researcher, writer and curator – Clunie Walker. Clunie will talk about her research project that evolved into one of The Laneway Artspace’s most beloved, popular and award-winning exhibitions – ‘The Forgotten Factory – The history of G&E Rodd.’

Over just under a year, Clunie delved tirelessly into the forgotten history of St Kilda, and discovered an extraordinary story of innovation, entrepreneurialism, craftsmanship, and a saga that would encompass two World Wars, The Great Depression, and the journey of a young family emigrating first to New Zealand, and then Australia.

In 1919, George Rodd and his brother Ernest created G&E Rodd – a small enterprise that would soon explode into the Rodd Silverware empire spanning over half a century. Their factory complex, located on the site of The Laneway Artspace and the surrounding buildings, was once the might of the St Kilda workforce. Its iconic sign, once an integral part of the Barkly Street streetscape, was all but forgotten.

Until now.

Class requirements: Your imagination, an A4 spiral bound notebook, a black, a red and a blue pen and your laptop. Complimentary WiFi will be available. If you wish to subscribe to ancestry.com, an additional subscription fee will apply, which is payable by credit card on the night or at your convenience.

Cost: $30 per class, plus the Eventbrite booking fee. Bookings are essential, and no door sales are available.

Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Classes begin promptly at 7.30pm.

What have some of Writing Class participants said?

‘The workshop made creativity easy.’

‘Geoffrey removed the blocks we set up for ourselves that stop us from doing what we want to do.’

‘It was great looking around the room full of people so happy to see themselves as writers, with new tools and perspectives, and lots of blocks removed.’

‘At first I felt as if I wasn’t taking anything in, but by the end of the second class, without even realising it, I’ve written an outline for a story. Just like that! I’m already starting to think about where this story can go.’

‘I’ve really enjoyed these classes and meeting other aspiring writers. I am looking forward to building more skills for my writing toolkit.’

Class Leader: Geoffrey Williams, Artistic Director, The Laneway Artspace

Geoffrey has written plays, screenplays, newspaper articles, film and theatre reviews, speeches, political campaigns, strategies, marketing material, media releases, and what feels like more than 250,000 emails. He has worked with award-winning filmmakers in script and story development, and has edited over 200 journals, reports, papers and abstracts for his Higher Education visual communication clients. Geoffrey was also the Film Writer for the West Australian Newspaper Group for six years, and is one of the Melbourne-based Theatre Reviewers for Stage Whispers magazine. He was the Editor and Journalist at Sydney’s The Pink Broad newspaper and homo magazine, and he also taught the creative writing stream to Marriage Celebrants training at South Yarra’s Modern Institute of Learning and Education.

BUM GLUE CLUB: GET SOME WRITING OF YOUR OWN DONE

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WRITERS' WORKSHOPS

EVENT: Bum Glue Club: get some writing of your own done
VENUE: St. Hotel, top floor (wheelchair access)
ADDRESS: 54 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
DATE: Monday 1 October 2018
TIME: Session 1: 9:45 am – 11.30 am. Session 2: 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm. Session 3: 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm
COST: $10 per session, or $20 for the day
BOOKING: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/bumglueclub/events

Bum Glue Club: get some writing of your own done

Kick off your St Kilda Writers’ Week with some writing of your own! You don’t need to be a professional writer, you just need to get some writing done. We just glue our bums to the seat, and write.

No wifi, no talking, no distractions, no expectations. We don’t share what we’re working on, there’s no feedback or work shopping, although we do offer some prompts if you need them.

So whether you have a blog to write, a feature screenplay you’re half way through, some poems you’re thinking about, a one-person show, job application, some plain old free-writing you fancy giving a burl, a letter to yourself in the future or the good old Christmas shopping list to write – come along to one or all three #BumGlueClub sessions at the St Kilda Writers Week and power through some procrastination barriers. Get some stuff done – the first rule of Bum Glue Club is, you have to write.

What others have said: 

“I always get so much writing done at Bum Glue Club. I love it.. well-oiled ship that leads to a collegiate atmosphere of deep concentration and productivity. It’s great to have company while you write while at the same time moving that writing project to its next stage. Highly recommend!”

 

“Such an awesome and inspiring event!”

 

“I surprised myself with how much work I got through…”

 

Brilliant…. Stuff was done!”

 

“Yes, it works! Thanks for a quiet seat at a desk = work published.”

BRODERICK SMITH @ ALLIANCE FRANCAISE – LIVE

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LIVE STAGE

EVENT: Broderick Smith and Richard Tankard
VENUE: Alliance Francaise de Melbourne
ADDRESS: 51 Grey St, St Kilda
DATE: Thursday 4th October 2018
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
COST:  Booking: $30 $35 at Door
BOOKING: https://www.trybooking.com/406583

Broderick Smith supported by Richard Tankard on keyboards will play two sets from his new album “Man Out Of Time”

BRODERICK SMITH AND RICHARD TANKARD - MAN OUT OF TIME - LIVE

Broderick Smith announces his eleventh solo album Man Out Of Time. A study in vivid storytelling and mature restraint, Man Out Of Time will be released in line with his spellbinding autobiography of the same name. Today, he has released the first track from the album, ‘Singer In Chains’, which is available now.

A lonely caravan in a coastal town. A young sports hero flying off the rails. A murderous hero of a forgetful nation. A woman of a certain age glowing under a red harvest moon, a stranger emerging reborn from the desert, birds falling dead from the sky. Welcome to the world of Broderick Smith: Man Out Of Time.

Man Out Of Time is Broderick Smith’s first new solo album in 10 years, and it’s fair to say that much has changed, not least in the spellbinding tone that can only come with the patience of a seasoned master craftsman. It’s the peerless voice of the storyteller that commands attention.

This album’s been in the can “for two or three years,” he says. “I’m always writing and doing other things; little shows by myself, the odd festival. All I want to do is make the best records that I can”.

Broderick Smith has been making music for almost fifty years, and has been involved in the songwriting of over 200 songs. Beginning his career in Carson, he joined The Dingoes when they formed in 1973, the pioneering group that combined rhythm & blues with bush music to develop a unique Australian country rock sound. Following The Dingoes, Brod fronted various bands under his name. In 2009 Brod was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame for his incredible work with The Dingoes, and he now runs workshops on songwriting, harmonica and singing, and continues to write and tour. Brod’s autobiography also titled Man Out Of Time, which will be released in October by Starman Books, details his incredible musical adventure.

After all these years, nobody compares to Broderick Smith.

Broderick Smith – Man Out Of Time tracklist:

  1. Singer In Chains
  2. Prayer Flags
  3. She Is Still Beautiful
  4. Where The Minstrel Passes
  5. The Desert Blooms Again
  6. Angus McMillan
  7. Island Of Peace
  8. The Birds Fell From The Sky
  9. Living Above The Law
  10. Man Out Of Time

BRODERICK SMITH
AUSTRALIA
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER

Thursday 4 October
Alliance Francais de Melbourne | St Kilda, VIC
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Friday 5 October
Acland Folk Club (Dog’s Bar) | St Kilda, VIC
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Friday 9 November
Skylark Room | Upwey, VIC
theskylarkroom.com

Friday 16 November
Merri Creek Tavern | Northcote, VIC
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Sunday 18 November
Caravan Music Club | Bentleigh, VIC
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MAN OUT OF TIME IS OUT 5 OCTOBER 2018 THROUGH BLOODLINES
AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING AND PURCHASE HERE

brodericksmith.com | facebook.com/brodericksmithmusic

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AUSTRALIAN POETRY JOURNAL LAUNCHES IN THE SOUTH – BIG READ

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AP FINAL

SPOKEN WORD

EVENT:  Australian Poetry Journal Launches in the South – Big Read
VENUE: Alliance Francaise (The Ballroom)
ADDRESS: 51 Grey St, St Kilda
DATE: Tuesday 2nd October
TIME: 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm – 8.30 pm
COST: Free, just turn up. Refreshments – and books ($20, usually $27.95)  – will be available for sale on the night. Cash only.

AUSTRALIAN POETRY JOURNAL LAUNCHES IN THE SOUTH - BIG READ

We’re thrilled to be launching ‘Australian Poetry Journal’, Volume 8.1, at the inaugural St Kilda Writers Week 2018. Generously supported by Renan Goksin and Gilgamesh Connections, the AP Big Read (8 poets x 5 mins) includes prominent Aboriginal poet Lionel Fogarty, Nguyen Tien Hoang, Ella O’Keefe, Duncan Hose, Rory Dufficy, Claire Gaskin, Jennifer Harrison and Gareth Morgan. Intro by 8.1 guest poetry editor Gig Ryan. Hosted by Jacinta Le Plastrier.

‘Australian Poetry Journal – 8.1’ features new works by more than 50 Australian poets. Alongside Gig Ryan’s guest curating are curious and insightful articles and reviews, including an interview with the three editors responsible for Lionel Fogarty’s New & Selected Poems (re:press, 2017), a tribute to John Forbes on the 20th anniversary year of his death, and a wrap-up of this year’s 2018 AP/NAHR Northern Italian eco-poetics fellowship, awarded to Eunice Andrada. The designer of APJ 8.1 is Stuart Geddes. Australian Poetry, the national poetry organisation, based at Melbourne’s The Wheeler Centre, publishes new works by 350+ poets each year across its national publications and festivals program.

www.australianpoetry.org


Cover artwork : John Nixon

Untitled, (Orange) wood circle 2017

Enamel and timber on canvas 

25 x 20 cm

White/Blue wall

Courtesy: Laure Genillard, London

Photo Credit: Plastiques.co

John Nixon is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.


GUEST POETRY EDITOR

Gig Ryan’s seventh book, New and Selected Poems (Giramondo, 2011) was the winner of the 2012 Grace Leven Prize for Poetry and the 2012 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. She has also written songs with DisbandSix Goodbyes’ (1988); and Driving Past, ‘Real Estate’ (1999) and Travel’ (2006). She was Poetry Editor of The Age from 1998 – 2016. She is a freelance reviewer, and is currently working on another book of poems.

POETS

Lionel George Fogarty, born in 1957 (not 1958 as is commonly stated), is an Aboriginal poet and activist. He was born at Barambah, now known as Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve, in the South Burnett region of southern QLD. He attended Cherbourg State School, and until ninth grade, Murgon High School. He says his introduction to poetry was not at school but came through his interaction with Murri people in Cherbourg and Murgon. After leaving school he had several casual jobs, before leaving for Brisbane at the age of 16. He has been active in many of the political struggles of the Aboriginal people, particularly in southern Queensland, from the Land Rights movement, to setting up Aboriginal health and legal services, to the issue of black deaths in custody – Fogarty’s own brother, Daniel, died in police custody in 1993. Fogarty has also travelled widely in the US and Europe, reading from his work and participating in conferences of Indigenous peoples. His poetry collections include, Kargun (Cheryl Buchanan, 1980), Yoogum Yoogum (Penguin, 1982), Kudjela (Planet Press, 1983), Ngutji (Cheryl Buchanan, 1984), Jagera (Cheryl Buchanan, 1990), New and Selected Poems: Munaldjali, Mutuerjaraera (Hyland House, 1995), Minyung Woolah Binnung: What Saying Says (Keeaira Press, 2004), Yerrabilela Jimbelung: Poems about Family and Friends (Keeaira Press, 2008), Connection Requital (Vagabond Press, 2010), Mogwie-Idan: Stories of the Land (Vagabond Press, 2012), Eelahroo (Long Ago) Nyah (Looking) Möbö-Möbö (Future) (Vagabond Press, 2014), and Lionel Fogarty Selected Poems: 1980 – 2017 (re.press and Aboriginal Humanities Project, 2017). Awards include: Kate Challis Raka Award for Mogwie-Idan: Stories of the Land, 2015; Scanlon Award for Indigenous Poetry, 2012; Queensland OPAL Award – Murri Achievement (Writers) Award, 1994; and the Patricia Weickhardt Award, 1989.

Ella O’Keefe is a poet and researcher who lives in Melbourne. Her chapbook Rhinestone was published in 2015 by SOd press and her poems have appeared in publications including Overland, Hunter Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry Anthology, Text Journal and Active Aesthetics: Contemporary Australian Poetry Anthology.

Duncan Hose is a poet, painter and scholar. His published books include Bunratty (Puncher & Wattmann, 2015), A Book of Sea-Shanty (Bulky News Press, 2014), One Under Bacchus (Inken Publisch, 2011) and Rathaus (Inken Publish, 2007). He is preparing a critical treatise called Prick’d by Charm: The Pursuit of Myth in Frank O’Hara, Ted Berrigan and John Forbes.

Jacinta Le Plastrier is the Publisher and Chief Executive at Australian Poetry, the national poetry organisation, based at Melbourne’s The Wheeler Centre. Also a journalist, writer and critic, her poetry collection, Incubatio, is forthcoming from Puncher & Wattmann.

Jennifer Harrison has published eight poetry collections, most recently Air Variations  (University of Canberra, 2017) and Anywhy (Black Pepper, 2018). She manages the Dax Poetry Collection.

Claire Gaskin has been publishing poetry and teaching writing since the 1980’s. Her collection, a bud, completed in the receipt of a Literature Board grant, was published by John Leonard Press in 2006 and short-listed in the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Her collection, Paperweight, was published by Hunter in 2013.

Gareth Morgan is a poet and a postie from Melbourne. He has been previously published in Rabbit and Cordite Poetry Review.

Nguyen Tien Hoang lives in Melbourne. His recent collection, Captive and Temporal (Vagabond Press, 2017), was short-listed for Dame Mary Gilmore Poetry Prize and the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry.

Rory Dufficy is a Junior Research Fellow in Arts at Ormond College, University of Melbourne.

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INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES

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WRITERS' WORKSHOP

EVENT: Introduction to Creative Writing Classes
VENUE: 148A Laneway Art Space
ADDRESS: Barkly St, St Kilda
DATE: Monday 1st October 2018
TIME: 7:30 pm sharp – 9:30 pm
COST: $30 plus booking fee
BOOKING: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/introduction-to-creative-writing-tickets-49781782652?aff=efbeventtix

LANEWAY ARTSPACE

‘I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything and that you have truly inspired me to go on further in what I truly love. It’s been eye opening for me, and you’ve made me believe I’m more than what I was.’ – Participant, Monday Night Creative Writing Classes, Foundation Series 1

You may be a budding author or playwright. You may be a communications professional responsible for copywriting, or content for proposals and related marketing and business development material. Or you may simply want to be a more confident communicator.

In our popular Introduction to Creative Writing class, we explore the foundations of creative writing and help you unlock your creativity.

Class requirements: Your imagination, a favourite book, an A4 spiral bound notebook, and a black, a red and a blue pen. Please leave your iPads, Tablets and Laptops at home.

Cost: $30 per class, plus the Eventbrite booking fee. Bookings are essential, and no door sales are available.

Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Classes begin promptly at 7.30pm.

What have some of the Monday Night Creative Writing Class participants said?

‘The workshop made creativity easy.’

‘Geoffrey removed the blocks we set up for ourselves that stop us from doing what we want to do.’

‘It was great looking around the room full of people so happy to see themselves as writers, with new tools and perspectives, and lots of blocks removed.’

‘At first I felt as if I wasn’t taking anything in, but by the end of the second class, without even realising it, I’ve written an outline for a story. Just like that! I’m already starting to think about where this story can go.’

‘I’ve really enjoyed these classes and meeting other aspiring writers. I am looking forward to building more skills for my writing toolkit.’

Class Leader: Geoffrey Williams, Artistic Director, The Laneway Artspace

Geoffrey has written plays, screenplays, newspaper articles, film and theatre reviews, speeches, political campaigns, strategies, marketing material, media releases, and what feels like more than 250,000 emails. He has worked with award-winning filmmakers in script and story development, and has edited over 200 journals, reports, papers and abstracts for his Higher Education visual communication clients. Geoffrey was also the Film Writer for the West Australian Newspaper Group for six years, and is one of the Melbourne-based Theatre Reviewers for Stage Whispers magazine. He was the Editor and Journalist at Sydney’s The Pink Broad newspaper and homo magazine, and he also taught the creative writing stream to Marriage Celebrants training at South Yarra’s Modern Institute of Learning and Education.

MICHAEL WILDING – THE TRAVEL WRITER – BOOK LAUNCH

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BOOK LAUNCH

MICHAEL WILDING

EVENT: MICHAEL WILDING BOOK LAUNCH
VENUE: St Hotel
ADDRESS: 54Fitzroy St, St Kilda
DATE: Wednesday 3rd October 2018
TIME: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
COST: FULL: $20 CONCESSION: $15
BOOKING: https://www.trybooking.com/426120

MICHAEL WILDING WITH COLIN TALBOT

Michael Wilding is a Sydney-based acadameic/historian/novelist. He won a major literary prize for his work, “WILD BLEAK BOHEMIA“, an historical document about the decadent writers in Melbourne’s colourful past. FROM THE NEWTOWN REVIEW OF BOOKS: “This book offers an extraordinarily rich and detailed picture of three literary lives and of 19th-century Victoria.

Wild Bleak Bohemia is a remarkable exercise in Australian literary history and it is hard to think of another work which compares with it in scope and depth. It revolves around the meeting in Melbourne of Marcus Clarke, Adam Lindsay Gordon and Henry Kendall in 1868-70.” And did they live life.

Michael is also a literary author with many novels to his credit yet the last several years, Michael Widing turned to the sometimes playful genre of mystery/crime fiction and his crime PI hero is a guy named Plant. His latest Plant novel, “The Travel Writer” is planned to be launched at the event. Michael will read from his work, answer questions about many aspects of his work, and perhaps Melbourne writer Colin Talbot (gonzo reporter, idiot and novelist)

Order Michael Wilding’s novels In the Valley of the Weed, Little Demon, and (forthcoming September 2018) The Travel Writer at www.scholarly.info

MICHAEL WILDING


Michael Wilding
has written and edited some fifty books including the novels Living Together, The Short Story Embassy, Pacific Highway, Wildest Dreams, Academia Nuts, Wild Amazement and Superfluous Men. Most recent are his Plant private eye novels, The Prisoner of Mount Warning, The Magic of It, Asian Dawn, In the Valley of the Weed, Little Demon and The Travel Writer.

His stories, essays and reviews have appeared in the New Yorker, London Magazine, Harpers, London Review of Books, New Statesman, The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. His stories are collected in This is For You, Great Climate, Her Most Exciting Sexual Experience, The Man of Slow Feeling, and Under Saturn. Essay collections include Political Fictions, Dragons Teeth, and Studies in Classic Australian Fiction.

He is author of three documentary studies, The Paraguayan Experiment, about the New Australia settlement, Raising Spirits, Making Gold & Swapping Wives: The True Adventures of Dr John Dee & Sir Edward Kelly, and Wild Bleak Bohemia: Marcus Clarke, Adam Lindsay Gordon and Henry Kendall, which won the Prime Minister’s award and the Colin Roderick Award.

He co-edited the ground breaking magazine Tabloid Story, and co-founded the publishing houses of Wild & Woolley and Paperbark Press, which he recalls in the memoirs Wild & Woolley and Growing Wild.

He has taught English and Australian literature and creative writing at the Universities of California, Birmingham and Sydney, where he is now Emeritus Professor. He is a former Cosmopolitan Bachelor of the month, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Chair of the New South Wales Writers’ Centre.

COLIN 'TADDIE' TALBOT

Colin Talbot was raised in the shadows of the Flinders Ranges and thanks Christ for that happy accident (or however unlikely, ‘designed’ life. The rest of Colin’s life has been chequered, so to speak. A Schoolboy Chess Champion. Colin was raised by his Grandparents. He attended Port Pirie High School, escaped teaching and thinking he wanted to e a writer, fell into journalism which was simply a wonder. Newspaper work brought me to Melbourne, then Sydney where I met the new literary figures and changed my view of what writing and reading was. Back to Melbourne, the plan to become as fiction writer, and to design a new. small, exciting publishing company. And so we made Outback Press (with Morry Schwartz) which introduced many new, lasting writers.

Colin published two novels in the very early 70s (“Massive Road Trauma”  the first, and “Sweethearts“, and co-edited a book on Australian poetry. He wrote and directed the feature film made of the novel “Sweethearts” and is working on a script for that first novel way back from 1975.

Since the 1990’s Colin has written three novels in a ‘failed writer in the crime world meets femme fatale and – uh-oh!’ The last novels are “The Zen Detective“. “The Country Jesus” and “The Sweet Myst