Last night’s free showcase at the Festival Bar was a great night to wrap up the Melbourne Writers Festival with the highlight being Angela Meyer and her SPUNC spectacular.
Whilst I mainly went for the SPUNC Spectacular, I enjoyed the other events last night as a relaxing wrap up to a great festival. Michael Nolan and Jane Sullivan opened the night with discussion and an audience Q&A but the audience were a little quiet, with only a few sticking up their hands.
I almost commented but was glad I waited when Michael gave away books to those who would stick up their hand next. I scored a short story collection by someone whose name I can’t remember but the publisher name, Difficult Women is a bit hard to forget.
What I commented on was how I liked China Mieville’s sessions the best and not because I’m in love with him, but that it managed to attract a younger audience. I think I saw people nodding along with me, which I think is a good sign.
Angela Meyer of the awesome literary blog, LiteraryMinded showcased various small press publishers and journals over three nights, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday night. They were all part of SPUNC or the Small Press Underground Networking Community.
Last night featured Page Seventeen, Vignette Press, Sketch Media, Going Down Swinging, Ford Street and Tactile Books.
I was especially interested in the first four as they were all journals and therefore all potential places to submit my work, but Page Seventeen and Vignette Press are definitely in my sites at the moment after last night.
I also got to speak to Angela Meyer face to face, instead of just commenting on Twitter and her blog. I think I probably do it better behind a computer screen and hope I didn’t make a total fool out of myself even if I might’ve appeared awkward.
Once again, I was recommended to go to the National Young Writers Festival in Newcastle. It sounds like more of a young writers networking place.
Poet Ezra Bix, Angie Hart and Zerafina Zera in the APRA Songwriter Speaks session, and the Bedroom Philosopher, Justin Heazlewood wrapped up the night in entertaining and hilarious fashion.