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Cordite 34 submissions open


Having just closed submissions for Cordite 33.1, Cordite has already opened submissions for Cordite 34. This issue, ‘Children of Malley II’, comes five years after ‘Children of Malley I’, so submissions must be on that theme.

So poets, it’s time to put down the pens and pick up the feather dusters. Cordite wants to see what you can find in the back cupboard under that pile of Thor comics, Boney-M records, fondue sets and galley proofs of Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class.

The issue is being guest-edited by former Cordite editor Liam Ferney.

You can find the 2005 Malley issue here, and submission information here.

The Week That Was 13th – 17th September


Oprah Winfrey may be coming down under, but she’s also had time in her busy schedule to forgive Jonathan Franzen for snubbing her last invitation, and has included his new book in her bookclub. Speaking of Franzen, and when in the last month haven’t we, The Guardian’s Blake Morrison has published a full review of the book, Freedom. The same publication has also made available an interview conducted with Peter Carey, on his Booker-nominated book Parrot & Olivier in America, here.

On a different note, and as a subtle reminder submissions for Rubric Issue 2, 2010 are closing very soon, the New York Times has published an interesting essay on writing poetry and the ‘Age of Citation’, whilst The Australian reports that some unpublished Ted Hughes poetry, written in letters to his sister.

Fires I Have Lit poetry exhibition


Having already been featured in Rubric Journal Issue 1, 2010, visual artist Skye O’Shea and writer Tamryn Bennett will be collaborating in a comic poetry exhibition in October.


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Fires I Have Lit runs between the 7th and 19th of October (Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm) at Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street Sydney. You can find their work in Rubric Journal here.

EMPA Seminar #8 next week: Experimental Humanities


The next EMPA Seminar at the University of New South Wales commences next Tuesday the 21st of September. The seminar will feature Ed Scheer, associate professor of performance, Erin Brannigan, lecturer in dance, and Stephen Muecke, professor of writing in the School of English, Media & Performing Arts. The theme for the seminar will be ‘The Experimental Humanities: From Judgement to Composition”:

Experiments in cultural fields disperse overarching judgments. Still, a matter of concern is identified—what is to be done? How is participation in the problem-solving team earned?  The collective is composed of actors in a broad democracy: humans and non-humans, living and non-living things. The collective moves to express the problem by extending its capacities into a new composition which is its tentative solution, a more-than-human alliance which might involve picking up a telescope, a new dance step or a concept.

The seminar will take place in Webster 327 from 1-2pm, Tuesday September 21st.

Penguin Plays Rough #18 this Monday


A very special Penguin Plays Rough this Monday 20th September. Having just won an Australia Council grant toward their book and iPhone app fund, PPR is trying to make up the remaining funds needed with a ‘High Rollers’ themed evening.

The evening will include readings from Louis Nowra, most famous for the plays Cosi and Radiance, Craig Silvey, author of Jasper Jones, Mark Mordue, Nick Cave’s biographer and journalist, and many others.

Penguin Plays Rough #18 is on Monday 20th September at 4 Lackey Street, St Peters. Entry is $12. For more information see their website here or the Facebook event page here.

RHINO Founders’ Prize closing soon


RHINO is a non-profit literary publication, produced annually, featuring poetry, short works and translations.

The RHINO Poetry Founders’ Prize closes October 1st. All contest submissions are considered for regular publication in the 2010 edition; the winner receives $300, is published in the next issue and is featured on their website; the two runners up receive $50, are published in the next issue and featured on the website.

Submissions are open by mail or email, and require a $10 payment. For more information about RHINO or the Founders’ Prize see their website here.

Twitter Writing Challenge Monday 13th


With all the talk about the Man Booker, it’s nice to know that we little people can get involved in the action. Frank Delaney, a former Booker Prize judge, will tomorrow launch his second Twitter Writing Challenge. The challenge is to write the best simile in 140 characters or less.

The prize for the best simile, announced Friday 17th, will either be lunch with Delaney in New York City, or a signed copy of his next novel, “The Matchmaker of Kenmare.”

For more information on how to enter the ‘twallenge’, see the website here.

The Week That Was 6th – 12th September


A slow news week this week with little but the Man Booker on our radar. Still, the New Statesman has published an interesting article on modernism, and why writers have seemingly turned away from it. The Sydney Morning Herald gives us a post-Melbourne Writers’ Festival write up, Peter Carey is nominated for what could be his third Man Booker, and The Guardian asks Tom McCarthy to read from and talk about his Man Booker-nominated novel, C.

If, however, you’d care to forget about literary prizes and the like, then head over to The New Yorker, where John Morse has installed 500 hundred bandit signs bearing roadside haiku right across Atlanta.

Man Booker Prize 2010 shortlist announced


This may be two, nearly three days old, but the Man Booker Prize 2010 shortlist has been announced. According to their website:

Peter Carey, Emma Donoghue, Damon Galgut, Howard Jacobson, Andrea Levy and Tom McCarthy are today, Tuesday 7 September, announced as the six shortlisted authors for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

For the full article, see the Man Booker website here.

Lofty Words next week


The UTS Writers’ Society will be holding Lofty Words, an evening of poetry, lyricism, spoken word and sounds, next Wednesday the 15th of September.

Featuring a mystery  crew from the Mersey Sound Collective, a hybrid mix of sounds and spoken word from Jordan Byron and the humorous rhyming of Rhys McGowan, its worth scrawling on a wall.

There will also be an open mic at the end of the scheduled performances.

Lofty Words is $5 for UTS Writers’ Society members or $10 for non-members (although membership is included for future events). Lofty Words is at the Loft Bar at the University of Technology, Sydney on Wednesday between 7.30pm and 10pm. For more information see the UTS Writers’ Society website here or the Facebook event page here.