Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Paige Turner November

 Edging towards the end of the year and towards summer, towards Christmas and all it allows us to manifest. Good luck and good sleeps to all those booksellers (and other retail workers) who face up to what Christmas means every day for about six weeks before the actual day itself.. And I wish you ALL a fine reading season. Tonnes of things still happening….
Seasonal Poets: The Spring Reading is on 12th November, 6pm at the lovely Hadleys in Hobart. Anne Morgan, Ross Donlon and  Edith Speers are reading. Edith was a Poet in Residence when I was at school and the introduction to her poetry was gently seismic. I plan to go along to hear her again, so many years later.
Poet Gina Mercer is involved in a collaboration taking place later in the month, with three musicians in the form of Rubato Express, and the Derwent River, their muse and inspiration. Imagine it. The Derwent from Lake St Clair to Storm Bay. They have composed music in response to her poems, and, in her words, “at a recent rehearsal they played a piece they'd just composed to interweave with one of my poems about stingrays. And oh, I just about swooned with delight. It was the loveliest most stingray-ey music I could imagine... all ripply and sinuous and just brilliant.”
Diving Into The Derwent: music, poetry, images is happening at MAC on 25th November at 2.30 pm. Tickets: $25/$20, with a homebaked afternoon tea included.

On 21 November, journalist Kerry O'Brien's Launceston launch of his recent memoir, Kerry O’Brien, a memoir ( I had to) is happening at St John Craft Bar, Launceston, co -hosted by Petrarchs Bookshop & UTAS. He will also be in conversation with Professor Richard Eccleston, of the Institute for Social Change, at the Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTas on November 22 at 6pm.

Josh Santospirito is pouring his generous energy into comics and zones again, with
November 16th starring the launch party for the Small Press Zine Fair.  This will feature Read To Me: a night of audio-visual storytelling with seven storytellers including our very special guest from Sydney Meg O’Shea who is a 2018 Ignatz nominee for “outstanding online comic”. This event is from 7pm at 65 Murray street. $5 entry with a bar and music. More details and full lineup here -

Pay heed too, the 2018 Small Press Zine Fair is on November 17, from 1pm at the Battery Point Community Hall, All welcome! Young and old. This is the sixth annual zine fair.

Tasmanian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer’s debut short story won the Hope Prize, of which the winning short stories are being launched in book form on 8 November at 6:30pm at Readings in Hawthorn, Melbs. The Hope Prize is the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s national short-story competition, judged by famous people and it encourages writers to explore resilience in the face of adversity.

Tasmanian writer Ben Walter, whose short form is mighty fine and has been most recently recognised in this year’s Best Australian Science Writing, for an essay about the bushfires in the Tarkine region, and also with a story included in Best Summer Stories from Black Inc should be picked up by a publisher who will be able to respectfully bring his longer form to a wider audience. Sorry if this is embarrassing Benny, but seriously!

On November 20 at 5.30, Tasmanian of the year, Scott Rankin from Big hArt is launching his platform paper for the Quarterly Essay,  Cultural Justice and the Right to Thrive.

 Bright Thinking is on 8 November, topic is Death. Hosted by Island magazineWomankind magazineNew Philosopher magazineSalamanca Arts Centre and poet store at the Salamanca Arts Centre. This is a good event to get some brain muscles philosophically churning, and to meet randoms.
The Society of Women Writers Tasmania Poetry Prize is open for entries and concludes on the 30th November 2018.  Information about entering is on the SWWT website:, or from the Competition Coordinator on 

A Published Event has just launched the latest 'seam' of Lost Rocks at The Unconformity, along with walks and talks by three of the authors. Copper by Jerry de Gryse, Shale by Julie Gough, Copper by Raymond Arnold, Mudstone by Rory Wray-McCann and Lead Sulphide by Tine Melzer and Markus Kummer. All the details for purchasing are on our website or they are also available from Fullers Bookshop.

Let me finish with something mercenary. For a couple of hussles, I sell books. New ones, and second hand ones that you can find on my website I select the very best books, completely subjectively and tell you exactly why I think the 1988 David Foster autobiography, the 19XX Booker Prize winner, the El Salvadorean Nobel Laureate, the trashy-ness of Blue Lagoon (with the movie cover) are the books I would love you to read. Happy Christmas, top of the season to you.


  1. Thank you Paige for featuring my Copper in your blog. It was difficult finding my voice but a pleasure to uncover lost memories while looking for lost rocks. The whole project is a great credit to Marg and Justy and their energy to help us all find a way into writing.

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Paige Turner November

  Edging towards the end of the year and towards summer, towards Christmas and all it allows us to manifest. Good luck and good sleeps to ...