Microlit Panel at 2016 Newcastle Writers Festival
In China, they are called ‘smoke long’ since they can be read in the time it takes to smoke a cigarette. In Japan, they are called ‘palm of the hand’ stories which suggests they are about a paragraph or 200 words and the Swedish playwright, Strindberg published stories which told ‘a bit of human history on half a sheet of foolscap.
In April this year, Newcastle Writers Festival hosted ‘Short And Sweet’, a panel discussion on this intriguing form which included Bronwyn Mehan, Richard Holt and Joanna Atherfold Finn. Continue reading
Crime Scenes launch
Veteran Australian crime writer, Barry Maitland described the Crimes Scenes anthology as ‘ a wonderful new development for Australian crime fiction.’ Barry Maitland, author of the Brock and Kolla and Harry Belltree crime novel series as well as short crime fiction which have been widely published, launched Crime Scenes at the 2016 Newcastle Writers Festival following a packed panel discussion, ‘Partners in Crime’ facilitated by crime writer, Jaye Ford and featuring Crime Scenes editor, Zane Lovitt, contributors Andrew Nette and Angela Savage. Continue reading
Meet the SW interns – Part Three
We bring you another instalment in our Where Are They Now series which profiles some of our former interns. We ask them to look back at their internship/work experience with Spineless Wonders and tell us about any highlights and anything they found useful from the experience. We also asked about other internships they have undertaken.
Of course, we are curious about what happens to our interns, so we asked what they are doing now – workwise, in any further study or training as well as other interests outside of work. We asked what they were reading or writing. And finally we asked them to look towards the horizon and say where they see themselves in the future.
You can read Meet the Interns Part 1 and Meet the Interns Part 2 . Interested in becoming an intern with Spineless Wonders? Direct inquiries to email@example.com
I was fortunate enough to do an internship with Spineless Wonders as part of my Masters of Publishing at USyd. During this time, I got to work on both Panthers and the Museum of Fire and the Michael McGirr Selects project, which involved:
- assisting in typesetting, proofreading and promotional material;
- researching cover designs for the digital singles and liaising with the graphic designer regarding the creative brief, time-frame and image sourcing;
- editing and proofreading long stories; and
- converting final manuscript drafts into eBooks.
It was really exciting to be able to be part of these two projects; to be given the opportunity to actually apply what I had learnt in class about editing and writing author queries, and then to receive feedback about what could be done better next time. Being able to work closely with Bronwyn also meant that I learnt a lot about how a small publishing company operates, as she really takes the time both to teach and to listen to new ideas. Overall, it was a really rewarding learning experience that was not only a springboard to other job opportunities but also one that reinforced my decision to pursue a career in publishing.
I’m now working at Puddingburn Publishing Services , which provides editing, indexing, desktop publishing, proofreading and project management services to the publishing industry. We are a team of 14 ‘puddings’ based in a small sandstone cottage in Hunters Hill who do work for a wide variety of clients including academic and general trade writers; major legal, trade and academic publishers; and government departments.
It is a great team to work with, as everyone is super smart and good at what they do but also really friendly and approachable. Here at Puddingburn, my role is an interesting mixed bag of liquorice allsorts – indexing legal publications (which is what I do most, making full use of both my law and publishing degrees!), proofreading, contributing to our blog/social media updates and anything else that I can help out with. To be honest, before this role I had never fully grasped the importance of indexers and the complicated process that indexing often can be – how it is not just a list of where specific words (or phrases) are used in the text. In case you are curious, check out my first contribution to the Puddingburn blog
I’m currently reading a chick lit novel that I am a little ashamed to name, and when I’m not reading I like to eat cake and watch trashy reality television dating shows.
The culmination of my internship with Spineless Wonders, was the December launch of Jon Steiner’s book The Last Wilkie’s and Other Stories. For this book project I assisted in promotion and gaining publicity before the book party. We worked to a promotion schedule put together in conjunction with Bronwyn, and created a press release kit utilising my magazine design experience. One of the most exciting things that we did was produce a video interview panel with the author, editor and a host, that I was lucky enough to direct.
Interning with Spineless Wonders gave me some hands on experience within the book publishing industry that I didn’t yet have. It’s very different studying all the book publishing business methods at uni but they really become solidified one you put them into practice. I really enjoyed working with such a tight-knit team. Working directly with the publisher and the author enabled a true sense of pride and camaraderie which you simply do not get with a large company.
Since then several exciting developments have occurred across the areas spanning of my work. Firstly, I have been approached to write a forward and introduction for a history of Australian tattooing.
Secondly, outside the field of publishing, I shall be taking two months in June and July of this year to headline the Australian Burlesque Festival and travel to New Zealand to perform. I’m still doing my Master’s of Publishing at the University of Sydney and will be finished by the end of this year.
We are excited to announce our new platform for bringing short Australian stories out into the open air. #storybombing projects offer immersive and playful encounters with bite-sized Australian literature through text, voice, audio and visual elements. Whether via low or high tech (from pavement chalk and ‘fiction’ fortune cookies to time-lapse recording, decal transparencies, digital riso printed billboard posters, large-scale projections or sounds generated from text), the general public will be bombarded with microliterature curated by Sydney-based publisher Spineless Wonders.
Out of Place: Stephanie King’s Chuck Close
In this interview with Sydney-based writer and actor, Stephanie King, we include a recording of her microlit piece, ‘Chuck Close’ below. To read this and other great contemporary Australian microliterature, purchase a copy of Out of Place.
What inspired you to write the piece of microliterature which will appear in Out of Place? How would you describe this form of writing?
I’ve always lamented writing fragments, as if the fragment represented the failure of the prosaic whole, or a poem fish out of water. Now I see that not every beginning seeks an end, that sometimes the moment is the totality, and to extend would be to diminish. My micropieces tend toward the small strangeness you can’t quite put your finger on, something like the familiar/unfamiliar of the uncanny, that which disrupts your inertia, but only a touch, as with Chuck Close. Continue reading
Farewell to Linda Godfrey
This week we bid farewell to one of the founders of Spineless Wonders, Linda Godfrey. Over the past (almost) five years, Linda has worked tirelessly in a range of capacities within this small press – as editor, publicist and more recently, as curator of Little Fictions. Today I’d like to pay tribute to Linda’s massive contribution, listing below only a snapshot of her total involvement! Continue reading