god, it's kind of a dread, isn't it? newcastle. there's decidedly little in newcastle, but i'll be there, presenting a paper on wednesday the 29th of september as part of this is not art festival. i'm trying to keep the paper people friendly, and there is a large chunk of fiction in it just for this purpose. it's is one of the crime stories from a walking tour of the dreaming city and uses arabic dialogue, which will likely see me saying, 'arabic dialogue is here.'
here's the rundown of the presentations:
The symposium begins at 9.30am at the Newcastle Regional Library Theatrette on Laman Street.
10am - 11am - RACHEL MORELY, MICHAEL SALA, DAVID KELLY
Rachel Morely reads an extract from her work, a biographical (re)visioning
of joint poet lovers who wrote together under the pseudonym of Michael
Field. Michael Sala discusses his search for a literary form that reflects
the interaction of discrete life events with what we know or have already
experienced. David Kelly reveals queer's surprising investment in
conventional stereotypes found in some contemporary examples of Australian
11.30am - 12.30pm - BEN PEEK, CHRIS PALAGY, KATHARINE AITKEN
Ben Peek reads from his novel and discusses narratives of crime and race
through his concept of Noir and Blanc Cities. Katharine Aitken explores the
emotional impact of return migration and the creative investigation of
responses to landscape in the formation of new identities. Chris Palagy
reads from his novel ‘D’ which explores the effects of a drug that induces a
state of temporary death and an experience of complete physical and
spiritual disembodiment, solving the age-old riddle of what happens to us
when we die.
1.30pm - 2.30pm - ADRIENNE SALLAY, JEANIE WOOD, MICHAEL LANGTON
Jeanie Wood explores childhood experiences in hospital between 1940 and 1970
and introduces a meta-narrative approach to the experiences of former child
patients. Adrienne Sallay discusses her doctoral project, a novel and
dissertation on novelists of the 1970s. Michael Langton discusses his
project, a quartet of interlinked stories set in Newcastle on the eve of the
earthquake in 1989.
my paper might even be about the things listed there, too, which'll be a surprise. anyhow, if you're going to be up there round this time, drop in and say hi.