This month has been a hectic period in my writing career (can I call it a career yet?) and there seems to be no slowing down as March turns into April.
I have been announced as Creative Producer for the National Young Writers’ Festival 2018 – and my mum is ecstatic because this means I’ll be returning (temporarily) to Newcastle for the Festival. I’m also very excited about this opportunity and I can’t wait to get stuck into it (application close Saturday 31 at 11:59pm AEST btw)!!
I’ve also had the opportunity to share my work many times already this year, and I’ve attended heaps of events and made connections with some amazing writers and poets (after how many in-real-life meetings with people you worship on Twitter can you begin calling them friends?)
Some March highlights include listening to Shastra Deo and Zen Frost chat and read their work on World Poetry Day, reading my own work alongside some brilliant performers and writers at No-Wave Femmes at La Boite Theatre, and being shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize (congrats Evelyn Araluen and Rae White on their wins!)
To top it all of, I’ve had time to write and edit my own poetry (thanks to having a flexible work environment and my decision to “take a break” from uni.) I’ve also had the opportunity to give feedback to others as part of the Voiceworks Editorial Committee. Many who know me know of my love of feedback – both giving and receiving – so I have had so much fun in this role so far.
As April is right around the corner, I thought I would also touch on a few events I have coming up…
- I am reading a set of poetry at Queensland Poetry Festival’s April COUPLETS event at the Brisbane Square Library on April 6
- I will be heading back to Newcastle on April 7 for the Newcastle Writers’ Festival where I will be chatting about microfiction and reading my submission to the SPINELESS WONDERS Time anthology
- On April 10, I will be reading at Sappho Book’s AVANT GAGA series alongside Evelyn Araluen and others!
- April 12 I’ll be back in Brisbane with The Tundish Review reading my poem that will appear in the zine’s fifth issue (and another special piece)
All of this on top of my day job as a research assistant with Walanga Muru, Office of Indigenous Strategy at MQU. With many more months like this ahead of me, I’m glad I waited until now to have my gap year!
Thanks to One Woman Project Brisbane for the pensive feature image.