Keeping busy

Anna talking about Pippi LongstockingBoth Anna Solding and Zanesh Catkin have been very busy lately. First they were interviewed on Writers’ Radio with Cath Kenneally. You can listen to Zanesh here. Anna’s interview is available here.

Then Anna was invited to talk to students at Marryatville Primary School during Book Week. This year, the theme was ‘Champions Read’ and Anna chose to read extracts from, and talk to the children about, Pippi Longstocking. Both sessions were inspiring and uplifting, with little Reception children showing Anna books they had created all by themselves. It was an honour to be asked and Anna enjoyed it immensely.

Anna talking to students about their writing.

Lukaz is an avid reader
Salisbury Writers’ Festival was up next. On Saturday 25 August, Anna had been asked to participate on a panel called A Conversation: Pathways to the Future where four industry specialists, including Connor Tomas O’Brien, Kerryn Goldsworthy and PD Martin (last minute replacement for Sean Williams, who was unwell) offered ‘their perspectives on online publishing opportunities, social media, blogging and the future of the book.’ It was an interesting session which generated plenty of debate.

Pathways to the future
Pathways to the Future

On Sunday 26 August, Anna held her first ever writing workshop called ‘Know Your Characters’ with a great group of writers who had all come prepared to work. Combining talk about how to build a memorable character with writing exercises seemed a winning formula and everyone walked away feeling that they had learnt something. Salisbury Writers’ Festival is a great festival because it managers to bring readers and writers closer together than many of the larger festivals.

Rachel Hennessy launching The Hum of Concrete
Rachel Hennessy launching The Hum of Concrete

MidnightSun Publishing decided months ago that a launch at the Melbourne Writers Festival would be a fun and worthwhile thing to do. So on Saturday 1 September we had a session at the festival, where Rachel Hennesey (The Quakers) launched The Hum of Concrete and Patrick Allington (Figurehead) launched Pangamonium. It was a very well attended launch and it was fabulous to catch up with old Adelaide friends who have relocated to Melbourne.

Launch at Melbourne Writers' Festival
Launch at Melbourne Writers’ Festival

After the launch, Zanesh and Anna have been booked in to speak at libraries and book clubs. Keep an eye on the events page for more details on where to catch them. Anna spoke about the writing process, her PhD and publishing at a seminar for staff and students at The University of Adelaide on 21 September. On 10 October, Anna was on a panel talking about career opportunities for Arts students at Lincoln College.

Writers Stef Laszczuk and David Sornig
Writers Stef Laszczuk and David Sornig

Meanwhile, Patrick Allington has written about Pangamonium on his excellent blog, Slapdash. Both The Hum of Concrete and Pangamonium are becoming part of the general literary discussion in Australia. In The Weekend Australian, September 29-30, Kate Holden mentions The Hum of Concrete in one of her reviews.

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