August 26, 2011

A Thousand Words Festival

The program for September's A Thousand Words Festival has been released and I am chuffed to report that I'm in it! I'll be discussing making writing work as a career with author Tim Pegler and festival director Bec Kavanagh - most apt since I started a new job this week.

A Thousand Words is on 23-24 September, at Northcote Town Hall. Tickets are only $20 (bargain!) for each full day and will be on sale on the ATWF website soon can be purchased online.

August 16, 2011

Tales from the Fantapants archive: 16 August 1982

An occasional foray into Mr Fantapants' childhood adventures, as recorded in his class diary...

What I love about this entry is the seamless segue way between what Mr F had been told to write about (what he did on the weekend) and what he wanted to draw (falling out of a canoe). I might try to use the same technique to spark up my WIP this week...

August 8, 2011

Star picks: sentimental edition

Some of the standouts in my Google Reader feed last week were posts that reminded me of some of my favourite things from my younger days, all of which I still enjoy, even if I don't languish in them quite so often anymore.*

 In other news, it's Aussie August in the YA blogosphere, huzzah!

* Okay, I've been languishing in The Smiths quite a bit lately, but I promise I'll stop soon.

August 2, 2011

My desert island discs

I recently discovered the BBC Radio podcast of Desert Island Discs thanks to Pip of Meet Me At Mike's. Since then, I've spent many hours listening to some of my favourite UK peeps chat about the eight songs they'd want to have with them if they happened to be stranded on a desert island. The podcast archive, which goes all the way back to mid-1998, is a treasure trove of forgotten treasures, oddities and sentimental faves - hours and hours of fun for the writer avoiding writing avid listener..

Of course, a few episodes in, after listening to selections by Morrissey and JK Rowling and Betty Jackson, I found myself making a list of my own...

1. Ask - The Smiths
Almost impossible to choose just one Smiths song since they were pretty much the soundtrack of my miserable adolescence, but this one always cheered me up a little bit.

2. A New England - Kirsty MacColl
Kirsty MacColl's voice + Billy Bragg's lyrics = a match made in heaven.

3. Crying - Roy Orbison with k.d. lang
This song was on the jukebox of a cafe I spent pretty much every weekday morning and afternoon at for the last two years of school. The day Roy Orbison died we played it over and over and wept. I still find it good for inducing the occasional cathartic cry!

4. The Lovecats - The Cure
An obvious choice for a cat nerd, I guess.

5. God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
The song I always wanted someone to dedicate to me.

6. The Saturday Boy - Billy Bragg
And 'lalalalalalalalala' means 'I love you'. Sigh.

7. Take My Heart - Soko
I first heard this on a soppy day and it stuck.

8. Remember You're a Womble - The Wombles
I have very fond memories of toddling along next to my dad, singing this together.

Now comes the really hard bit, as well as your eight songs you also get to choose one book and one 'luxury item' to take to the island. The book's an easy choice. I'd take My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell, because every time I re-read it, it makes me laugh as much as it did the first time (and the natural history bits may come in handy). The luxury item is harder. Perhaps a hammock? At least then I could listen to my songs and read my book in comfort...