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After a lull in creativity, I was thrilled to learn that I am one of eight category winners in the above competition recently run by Mindshare. The prize is turning your poem into a digital film (you may recall I won something similar with Mindshare last year so they must like my style!).

When words come to life

So last weekend I attended a workshop working with a small production team to storyboard my poem and develop it into a short film. We explored elements of image, music, breath and movement, and the place you have to get to when reading your piece aloud. This was new to me as ‘speaking’ my work is not something I often do (and when I do it’s to myself), but it made me focus on exactly what I wanted to convey. Something else new was working on an Apple Mac! Being a Windows-based girl this required quite a bit of patience and time (and not just mine!), so I am very thankful to the Mindshare team, Tracey Davies and Mona Khizam, and also to the wonderful illustrator Fran Sherman who produced all the images for my piece.

The films will be aired to the public during Mental Health Week 5-11 October, and I for one can’t wait to see the final cuts!

 

Australian Poetry took a different approach to the release of its latest edition of the Australian Poetry Journal (APJ) by launching it online.

APJ

The live streaming video session took place on 23 July hosted by Lisa Gorton, poetry editor of the Australian Book Review, who interviewed four prominent poetry editors:

Each editor spoke about their job, the changing industry and most importantly what they look for in a submission.

Some said that a piece had to grab them in the first few lines and be doing something different, while others looked for evidence of reading and pleasure from reading the poem. The obvious no-nos were use of clichés, obscure formatting particularly for online publication and a certain spilling of the guts!

The conversation can be viewed in full at www.digitalwritersfestival.com, an insightful and entertaining discussion, and invaluable to anyone wanting to break into the Australian poetry scene.