There are few moments onstage more powerful than a good monologue. Done right it’s an act of virtuosity, a brief moment of stillness where everything else falls away save one startling single voice. Done badly it’s a twenty-minute drum solo – at best self-indulgent, at worst an interruption the audience endures waiting patiently for the show to resume. A great monologue might work for many reasons, but a dud usually falls over when it stumbles on one of the following. When writing your own monologue here are ten things to consider…
“The shortlist for the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize 2011 have just been announced. The following poets, listed in alphabetical order, have been shortlisted for the prize: B. R. Dionysius, Paula Green, Dominique Hecq, Jill Jones, Jo Langdon, Laura Jean McKay, Eddie Paterson, Nathan Shepherdson, Lucy Todd, Corey Wakeling”—Ruby Street: Whitmore Prize shortlist
The epic animation project with the exciting Red Room Company is coming into it’s final stages. The large pop up book and animation collated over a hundred poems gathered from Red Room Poetry workshops as well as a selection of established Australian Poets.The animation tells the story of Alex Malwalski, a travelling story teller and poetry collector, struggling to preserve the analogue moments in his town, he quickly finds himself engulfed in a bizarre sonic carnival of words.
Popshot is a bi-annual British based art publication that champions contemporary poetry and illustration. Gently intent on hoodwinking poetry back from the clammy hands of tweed jackets and school anthologies, Popshot looks to celebrate the poetry of today and tomorrow with the whimsical arms of illustration wrapped tightly round it. We are of the thought that the future of poetry is even more exciting than the past.
Each issue of Popshot contains a collection of poems written to a theme. These selected poems are individually sent out to a collection of illustrators who illustrate the poems according to their interpretation of the piece. These illustrations are then bound together with the poems to create a beautiful volume of literary and artistic goodness.
Popshot is published twice a year in April and October.
The next time you are chatting away at a pub or cafe, take a look around. There may be a poet sitting at one of the surrounding tables with a notepad and pen in hand, waiting to hear a juicy titbit of your conversation.
This poet may well be Fiona Wright from the Writing and Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney, who confesses to being an avid people watcher with an interest in the very private moments that people often display in public.
“One might be surprised to learn that there are many women writers of Maltese background in Australia publishing novels and poetry as well as involved in literary-related activities. Since most of these authors are probably unknown to Maltese readers, Maurice Cauchi offers an introduction to this efflorescence of literature within the Maltese diaspora.”—Maltese women writers in Australia - timesofmalta.com
Poets revel in the chance to celebrate: so much of what we do is solitary that whether its having a poem accepted for publication, seeing our books on the shelf in a book shop or finding out some grant or prize has come our way, we feel that all our solo toil was worth it and raise a…
“I’m more inclined to think online/digital media will supplement, rather than supplant, their ink’n’paper cousins. But then, I’m barely old enough to remember a time pre internet; its existence, and its role in literary propagation, is as natural to me as print. From my limited perspective, technophiles and bibliomanes need not come to blows. There is, however, what I would call a shift of emphasis taking place: a shift in format, not phenomenon. Writing remains writing. I don’t think print’s spurs will adorn the wall any time soon, but I’d agree its prestige is diminishing, coinciding with, or caused by, an increasing acceptance of online publication as an equally creditable platform.”—Vox: Ben Carmichael « Verity La (via millproject)