Tuesday, 18 November 2008


I'm back from Wagga and pleased to say I had a great time being away for a few days. I enjoyed the fourW launch and got to meet some of the people who put it together as well as chat to some of the people who didn't. Have started reading it and so far, I like.

Coming back to email can always be a little troublesome though. Catching up on replies, especially with the page seventeen issue being so new, as well as sorting through all the spam that doesn't automatically disappear forever. But there's good news in there too.

Like that my poem 'Minutes', originally published in Tamba, has been given a second life on the kipple poetry site. You can go here to check it out.

If you go to the very first post on the kipple site, you'll find their submission guidelines. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Road trip

Well, the launch last Saturday was a blast. The cafe was so full there weren't nearly enough chairs for everyone. People stood, or sat on the floor as they listened to the readings, and there was a real buzz. I got to catch up with some people I haven't seen for a while, as well as to meet many writers I'd been keen to meet for some time, and others who had only learnt about page seventeen recently.

If you don't have a copy yet, you can order from the site via paypal. Or download an order form and post with payment.

But it doesn't end there. I am heading north tomorrow on a bit of a road trip. Mainly to go to the fourW 19 launch in Wagga, but also to have a few days away from home. Hopefully what I bought at the chemist this afternoon will help keep my head clear enough to drive fair distances at a time. If not, lucky I'm taking my mum ;-)

Hopefully when I get back I might have some other news to share too. Ciao.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Book launch

Days have been creeping up on me in the last couple of weeks, and it is hard to believe that the page seventeen Issue 6 launch is tomorrow. Wow.

If you don't already know, we're kicking off at 2.30pm at the Queen of Tarts cafe in Belgrave (eastern Melbourne). It's right near the station and easy to find, being on the roundabout.

We'll be announcing and presenting the prizes to this year's short story and poetry competition winners, listening to poems and story excerpts, drinking great coffee and/or chai, eating fabulous cake and/or tarts, mingling with others we haven't seen in a while or haven't met yet, and all with special guest Lee Kofman.

The launch is one of the things I love most about putting the mag together: meeting/catching up with everyone, listening to contributors read from their work, especially those reading publicly for the first time and, of course, just having a day out and that sigh of relief when I get home that it is all over for another year. Well, maybe not all over, but certainly the busy part.

For those of you who really can't get to the Queen of Tarts, the competition results should find their way onto the site by Sunday evening.

Hope to see you there.