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Memory Makes Us is coming to Perth

MMUTangles of hair and the music of life will surround the final Memory Makes Us event for 2014. Our memories bid their farewell in Perth for the Disrupted Festival of Ideas.

Share your memories with us now.

Kate Fielding will be writing to the theme of Haircut
Describe your favourite salon. What was your worst hairdressing experience? And what was your best? Did you ever cut, colour or style someone’s hair? How did it feel?

Maxine Beneba Clarke will be writing to the theme of Harmony and Rhythm
Music infuses our lives and the rhythm of life often creates recurring motifs: birth cycles, death cycles, seasonal cycles. Harmony may lead to thoughts of forgiveness and reconciliation, interpersonal and otherwise.

Memory Makes Us is a live writing event that challenges two writers to create a new work using as their inspiration collected memories from the general public. You can watch the work unfold and deliver your memories to the author in person or contribute and check in via the web site.

On the web, your memories can take the form of text, images, or video. If you join the authors live at the State Library of Western Australia, you can scribble or type your memories and deliver them by hand. Then keep an eye on the work in progress. Your memories may be picked up by the authors and used to spur their creative work.

Location: State Library of Western Australia

Time: Saturday 1 November
10:30am – 4:30pm

Authors: Maxine Beneba Clarke
Kate Fielding

Contribute: http://memorymakesus.org.au

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The N00bz Canberra Launch

theN00bzeditiasiteWith Editia Press and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, we present the official Canberra book launch of The N00bz: New Adventures in Literature

Saturday 27 September, 6.00pm
Bogong Theatre at Gorman Arts Centre

To launch The N00bz, a panel of industry professionals will discuss the fresh perspectives generated by literary experiments and their impact on both the writer and the reader.

Alex Adsett – CHAIR

Alex Adsett is a consultant offering publishing contract advice to authors, publishers and booksellers. Alex has more recently extended her services into the more traditional role of literary agent. She has fifteen years experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry, including stints at Simon & Schuster, Penguin and John Wiley & Sons.

Duncan Felton – Panellist
Duncan Felton is an editor and writer who also works in a library. He’s founding editor at Grapple Publishing (grapplepublishing.com) and one of the co-coordinators of Canberra literary collective Scissors Paper Pen (scissorspaperpen.wordpress.com). His words have appeared in FIRST, BMA, Burley, Voiceworks and Verity La, among others.

Charlotte Harper – Panellist
Charlotte Harper (@editia) is founder and publisher of Editia, a Canberra-based digital first press focused on short non-fiction and longform journalism. Charlotte is a former Fairfax journalist, a Walkley Award-winning web producer and ex-literary editor of The South China Morning Post.

Simon Groth – Panellist
Simon Groth (@simongroth, simongroth.com) is a writer and editor of fiction and non-fiction. His books include Concentrate and Off The Record: 25 Years of Music Street Press. His first two novels were shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and his short fiction has been published in Australia and the United States. As manager of if:book Australia, Simon writes and speaks regularly on the future of the book and took the role of lead writer for the 24-Hour Book project.

More information is available from the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.

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Ooh, I Don’t Know About This…

ifbook podcastOur guest for the August podcast is the inimitable Ryan O’Neill on what it was like to be Lost in Track Changes, the criticism inherent in remixing, and a suggestion for a new marketing angle for continued cancer research: saving lives and broadening Australian short fiction.

Our thanks to guest artist Musique De La Garde Républicaine de Paris who come to us all the way from 1898 with a beautifully preserved cylinder recording of En Pologne.

Stuff we talk about:

If you haven’t been reading The Drover’s Wives, then get cracking and keep following the updates. It’s essential.

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The N00bz Book Launch in Sydney

the noobzOur own Simon Groth will lead a panel discussion with fellow n00bz Benjamin Law, Greg Field, and Keith Stevenson on literary experiments at the official launch of The N00bz: New Adventures in Literature. First published to this very web site, The N00bz is a collection of writing about writing in which authors experiment with their craft and document their quest to continually improve amidst rapid industrial change. The launch celebrates the second digital and first print editions of the book, including a new n00b adventure from Jennifer Mills and contributions from the talented crew of intrepid tweeters and bloggers who answered our call for a crowd-sourced chapter.

Location Better Read Than Dead 265 King Street, Newtown NSW
Time Tuesday August 12 6:30 pm
RSVP 02 9557 8700 or betterreadevents.com

Can’t make it to Sydney for the launch? Head over to the Editia site where you can order print and digital copies.

theN00bzeditiasite

An if:book Australia project edited by Simon Groth and published by Editia

Romy Ash |Ÿ Caroline Baum |Ÿ Carmel Bird |Ÿ James Bradley Ÿ| Jodi Cleghorn Ÿ| Emily Craven Ÿ| Duncan Felton Ÿ| Greg Field Ÿ| Raelke Grimmer Ÿ Simon Groth Ÿ| Charlotte Harper Ÿ| Sophie Masson Ÿ| Benjamin Law Ÿ| Elizabeth Lhuede Ÿ| Jennifer Mills Ÿ| Zoe Sadokierski Ÿ| Ronnie Scott Ÿ| Lefa Singleton Norton Ÿ| Jeff Sparrow Ÿ| Keith Stevenson Ÿ| Emily Stewart Ÿ| Sean Williams Ÿ| Freya Wright Brough

 

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Lost in Remixology

ifbook podcastOur favourite topic du jour gets another guernsey in this month’s if:book Podcast where Simon and Emily discuss if:book’s take on the remix in literature and some of the wider discussion around remix culture.

Guest artist is dotCommunism with a classic track from 2006—you know it well—’Untitled 4‘ from the smash remix EP Wizard Hat. Rock on, dude.

Stuff we talk about:

 

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Family Tree

MMUOn 30 May 2014, Levin Diatschenko created a new work of narrative fiction for Memory Makes Us using your memories as his inspiration. Levin sought from the public memories on the theme of ‘family tree’.

At the conclusion of the extraordinary work produced, he decided he’d like to expand the story a little further. Maybe a lot further.

So Levin is expanding the story into a novel and he would love to continue receiving your ‘family tree’ memories.

We have set up a dedicated page over at the Memory Makes Us web site for Levin’s project. Memories submitted to the new page will be delivered directly to the author for his consideration and inspiration. Selected memories may also feature in our complete project repository.

Like the main event, Levin is also writing the new extended work in a form visible to everyone. You can follow his progress here.

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Memory Makes Us: Melbourne

MMUWe’re ready to host your memories again. Memory Makes Us is taking place in four Australian cities throughout 2014 and today we’re proud to announce the authors and topics for Melbourne.

The authors begin writing on Sunday 31 August at Federation Square. If you can’t make it to the event, you can share your memory with us at any time from now at the project web site.

 

The Body by Paddy O’Reilly

Memories of bodies may be personal and intimate: memories of your own and of others, but memories are not restricted to the corporeal. Bodies of work, of evidence, even of water might yet trigger a memory in you.

Paddy O’Reilly writes novels, short stories and screenplay. She has won a number of short story awards and her stories have been published and broadcast around the world. Her books have been shortlisted for major awards as well as nominated as best books of the year in various publications. Paddy’s latest novel is The Wonders.

Desire by Angela Meyer

It’s something you always wanted, but what are the consequences of acquiring the object of your desire? What are the consequences of never acquiring it?

Angela Meyer is an author (Captives), editor (The Great Unknown), reviewer and literary journalist. She has a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Western Sydney, and has blogged for more than seven years at Literary Minded. Her fiction, articles, essays and reviews have been widely published.

Lies by Nicholas J Johnson

Everybody lies, sooner or later. What lies have you told or been told? Who can you believe?

After decades of rubbing shoulders with fraudsters and liars, Nicholas Johnson now works as a performer, writer and consultant, educating the public about the tricks of the con artist’s trade. His live shows have featured at corporate events, schools and private events simultaneously entertaining and educating audiences about con artists and scams.

His debut novel, Chasing The Ace, is now available.

SHARE YOUR MEMORIES HERE

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Introducing Lost In Track Changes

LTCif:book’s latest literary project kicks off next week right here on this very site. This project takes the personal and intimate craft of memoir and turns it over to the cut-and-paste transformation of remix culture combined with a hint of old-fashioned parlour games.

Five writers have written a short piece of memoir, a vignette. Each work is passed onto another author within the group, tasked with transforming the piece into something else. In the background, if:book tracks the changes. The newly minted remix is passed along again and so on until each of the pieces have passed through all five authors.

It’s called Lost In Track Changes.

Introducing the five authors who have stepped up to the challenge:

Krissy Kneen is the author of the memoir Affection, the erotic fiction Triptych and the novel Steeplechase. Her erotic novel Holly’s Incredible Adventures in the Sex Machine will be out in November (Text).
Fiona Capp is the internationally published author of seven books: three works of non-fiction including That Oceanic Feeling, which won the 2004 Kibble Award and My Blood’s Country, a journey through the landscape that inspired the poetry of Judith Wright, and four novels – Night Surfing, Last of the Sane Days, Musk & Byrne and Gotland.
Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. He has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas. His memoir, Ugly, is about growing up ugly and disabled. It’s also about bad haircuts and reading and awful teen love poems and underarm bowling as a metaphor for… well, you’ll just have to read the book.
Cate Kennedy writes short stories, poetry, non-fiction and is currently working on her second novel. Her work has been published internationally and she is the recipient of the 2010 NSW Premier’s Literary Prize People’s Choice award for her novel The World Beneath, the 2012 Queensland Literary Award for her short story collection Like a House on Fire and the 2011 Victorian Premier’s Award for her poetry collection The Taste of River Water. Her non-fiction work includes Sing and Don’t Cry; a Mexican journal about her time living and working in a credit cooperative in Mexico. She edited the 2010 and 2011 Best Australian Stories anthologies and more recently New Australian Love Stories (due for publication Sept 2014).
Ryan O’Neill’s fiction has appeared in The Best Australian Stories, The Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin, New Australian Stories, Wet Ink, Etchings and Westerly. His work has won the Hal Porter and Roland Robinson awards. His book, The Weight of a Human Heart has been shortlisted for the 2012 Queensland Literary Prize – Steele Rudd Award. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.

Each piece and its remixes will be published in weekly instalments at if:book over the next five months. We are also working on print and ebook editions of the complete project and an event at the project’s conclusion in November.

The ebook edition will feature design work from Megan Hoogenboom.

Megan Hoogenboom is an independent graphic designer, living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Using a self-invented design system and a fuelled by fascination with the transformation from the analogue to the digital, Megan creates and philosophises on the form of the digital book: the .ePub.
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Quality Gasbagging

ifbook podcastJune’s if:book Podcast features Donna Hancox, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Queensland University of Technology. Emily and Simon discuss with Donna community storytelling and interactive narratives told across media.

Links to the projects discussed:

Cool Stuff We Found On The Internet:

Featured artist this week is Enrico Caruso. You might know him as tenor-singing superstar the Great Caruso (as distinguished from other Greats such as Alexander or Catherine). Caruso sings La Donna e Mobile from Verdi’s Rigoletto. You may recognise the music from advertising that attempts to associate its product with Italy in some form.

Originally recorded for the Victor label in 1904, this song comes to us from the Internet Archive.

 

 

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Becoming N00b

the noobzThe collected essays from if:book’s project The N00bz is now available and ready as a single downloadable volume for your reading pleasure. But why stop at reading?

Would you like to be one of The N00bz?

To coincide with its publication, if:book and publisher Editia are offering emerging writers the chance to be published alongside Romy Ash, Carmel Bird, James Bradley, Sean Williams, and Benjamin Law.

Submit a tweet or blog post about your own literary experiment and let us know about it via Twitter using the hashtag #TheN00bz (don’t forget the zeroes).

If you submit by midnight on 7 July, your work may be selected for inclusion in the print edition (and second digital edition) of The N00bz to be launched in August.

Editia has more information and some handy suggestions for experiments you can try at home. 

You can also read our official announcement of the competition over at Books + Publishing.  

About the book

Change your tools for storytelling, change your routine, learn a new form, engage with parts of the wider industry you have never had to previously. See what happens and report back. This was the challenge taken up by contributors to The N00bz: New adventures in literature, a joint project between if:book Australia and digital first publisher Editia.

The book is a collection of writing about writing that documents pure curiosity and the quest to continually improve amidst rapid and constant industrial change. The results are by turns insightful and amusing if, just occasionally, a bit harrowing.

Sean Williams deprived himself of sleep and observed its effect on his creativity. Sophie Masson established her own independent press. Emily Stewart gave away her library. Greg Field closed his bookshop and joined Wattpad. Romy Ash tackled Twitter storytelling. James Bradley tried his hand at creating a graphic novel. Carmel Bird digitized a title from her backlist. Benjamin Law braved the squiggly world of shorthand. And Jeff Sparrow wrote something that’s definitely not a book.

Setting up your own press, leaving your previous career behind, and giving away your books are not experiences that can be undone as easily as Command-z. But the intention of The N00bz was to encourage writers to step outside their typical routines and find new perspectives … perspectives that stay with you long after you finish reading these essays, even if you don’t end up encoding your own ebooks.

So get your n00b on and in the meantime pick up a virtual copy of The N00bz from the following digital emporiums:

 

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