August news

It’s been a little while since I posted anything, but that’s because I’ve been busy! Here’s a little update on a few exciting things that have been happening recently though – The Diver is going to Venice! Reviewing – Sean Rabin’s Wood Green, and TasWriters’ Hobart Writers Festival…

The Diver is going to Venice!

The Diver posterFirstly – Golden Moss’s film, The Diver, Directed by Jamie Helmer and Michael Leonard,  has been selected for showing in the Orrizonti Short Films class at the 76th Venice Cinema Biennale, which commences very soon (28th August to the 7th of September 2019). I worked on this film earlier in the year, with a great local and international cast and crew. You can learn more about it in my previous post. Selection for showing at the Venice Biennale is a sensational achievement, and hopefully will put this short before the eyes of investors, as it would be great to see Golden Moss produce a feature film based on The Diver.

Hobart Writers Festival

Over the last few weeks I’ve also been really busy helping TasWriters with planning and marketing the 2019 Hobart Writers Festival. I’m doing this work voluntarily, as, in other belated news, I joined TasWriters Board of Management at the last AGM, in May this year. TasWriters is the peak body representing writers in lutruwita-Tasmania. TasWriters has been supporting the writers of lutruwita-Tasmania since its earliest days, as the Tasmanian Writers Union, and then the Tasmanian Writers Centre. It has long been an important part of the island’s literary landscape and a valuable advocate for writers and those who love reading Tasmanian writing. I hope to help TasWriters continue to live up to this legacy.

Hobart writers festival banner

This year’s Hobart Writers Festival represents a regrouping of energy and focus, back onto the local writing landscape. It will be a celebration of some amazing Tasmanian writers, thinkers and performers, focused around the theme ‘My Tasmanian Landscape’. There is a really exciting programme of events on offer at the main Festival venue, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, as well as a parallel programme of free children’s activities, which will be held on the lawns in front of Parliament House. Find out more on the Festival website, brought to you by TasWriters and yours truly, Bright South.


Wood Green coverLast but not least, I was planning to keep away from reviewing for a little while, because I have more than enough to do, but when I saw the opportunity to review Sean Rabin’s novel Wood Green, I couldn’t resist. I first read this book quite a while ago, and really loved it. It’s such and imaginative and fun read, with a really strong flavour of lutruwita-Tasmania in it. Sean Rabin is also a music journalist, and he writes fantastically about music and about writing as a kind of music. He also clearly knows this island well.

Reviewing a novel was a bit of a departure for me, as I usually prefer to stick to poetry, and I actually found it a little challenging. If you’d like to read it, it’s online on Plumwood Mountain Journal, but even better, read the book.