Some exciting news - I'll be taking part in the opening night of Melbourne's Emerging Writers Festival. The program went online this morning and tickets are now available.
Here are the crucial details:
The First Word Date: Friday 21 May, doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start
The First Word is … A celebration of writing, writers and the word. A night of performance, comedy, spoken word, burlesque, music and poetry. The official opening of the 7th Emerging Writers’ Festival.
The First Word is … The Call to Arms – the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s unique keynote address, this year delivered by romantic fiction writer Toni Jordan. Top writers battling for supremacy in our 2 Sides of the Coin debate asking, Love Vs Angst — what makes a better writer?
Featuring — Myke Bartlett, Josh Earl, Amy Espeseth, Toni Jordan, Alison Mann, Michaela McGuire, Kate Mclennan, Craig Schuftan, Michael Williams and more.
The festival bar will be in operation!
Venue: BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square Prices: Tickets $20 full / $10 concession Bookings: Buy tickets now
This has been in the works for some time, but I was waiting for the program to be launched before saying anything about it. The prospect of reading on stage is currently 60% thrilling, 35% terrifying and 5% unidentified dread. Of course, I'll also need to decide what to read...
I'll most likely be performing an extract from Salmon & Dusk, which will mark their first appearance before a live audience. (Not that many unalive people listen to the podcasts, but you know what I mean...) If you're in the area, I encourage you to buy your tickets and come along to say hello!
An old flame from Kilbey's past returns with suspiciously tempting offer. Theo puts her foot down, but if there's one thing Kilbey can't resist, it's... actually, there are plenty of things Kilbey can't resist.
But can Violet be trusted? And how much trouble is Kilbey in if she can't?
Keen-eared listeners will notice that tonight's episode of SALMON & DUSK is the first to directly contradict the podcasted version of HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY.
How can this be? I hear you ask.
Oh, really? No-one asked?
Well, let me explain anyway.
The current season of SALMON & DUSK is based on the final draft of HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY, which I'll admit is a little unfair, since very few people (thus far) have read that draft. My thinking in this is, I don't want to have to rewrite a second bunch of stories when the new draft of the original finally launches (in whatever form that is.) Also, the latest draft is the clearest expression of what I really want to do with the series, so it makes sense for me to base any new stories on that version.
The drafting process has been a long and rather torturous adventure and there have been casualties along the way. Theo's surname, for one thing - although I have days when I still waver on that one. Another has been a whole subplot in which we meet Violet, who has a rather special (at least, she thinks so) connection with Kilbey.
Violet played a small but vital role in the original novel and, indeed, continued to do right up until, ooh, January this year, when she was finally excised. To be honest, I only held on to her as long as I did as I quite liked the character and Victor had done a couple of smashing illustrations of her. But, sadly, she's gone.
Or that was the plan.
When I put aside the intended Story 4 (for reasons too complex to go into here), she came back with a story in tow. And, I thought, it made sense to reintroduce her, given that I wanted this season to be a "fresh start" for anyone who hasn't listened to the first book. I did consider creating a similar character, but then I thought again of those illustrations and, frankly, I don't like to throw anything away.
Hope you can forgive this act of authorial vandalism. Of course, with history gone, there's no saying that a few vital things about our world have changed without anyone noticing. Don't be surprised if we hear more in that line when Season 2 comes around...