A WRITING SUMMER
With my first swim of the season, summer has officially started, whatever the
calendar might say. But instead of allowing myself to slide into that state of
pleasurable lethargy in which reading gradually begins to take precedence over
writing, I am plotting an intense summer, brimming with creative activity.
For one thing, it is a Festival year, and to my immense pleasure I have been
invited to participate in
Adelaide Writers' Week.
Life doesn't get much sweeter.
As a way of channelling the energy generated by this exciting prospect, I will
leading a series of workshops in partnership with the South Australian Writers'
Centre, enabling Adelaide's cafe culture to provide
the ambiance (and the caffeine buzz) for a small group of creative writers keen
for an injection of inspiration. It's been a pet theory of mine for a while
now, the notion that, since the French Impressionists advocated painting
with such startling results, artists have something to teach writers
about getting out of the house and up close to their subject. Without a doubt,
the city of Adelaide - basting in its own juices by late January - will provide
a shimmering landscape for us to work with.
The Writers' Cafe
sessions will run for six weeks from January 23rd up until
Writers' Week opens on February 28th. Places will be limited, so please get in
touch as soon as possible if you are interested in participating (you can email
me by clicking;
). Otherwise, book through the SA Writers' Centre, 2nd Floor, 187 Rundle
Street, Adelaide 5000. Tel: (08) 8223 762 Email:
Amid all this frantic action, I am also planning a small reading sabbatical
over Christmas and New Year. What will I be reading? Here is the current list,
a mix of new fiction and second- hand bookshop finds that have been piling up
beside my bed at an alarming rate.
Love and Summer,
A Spell of Winter,
Her Fearful Symmetry,
All I Knew,
Other musings on the Writing Life ...