One city … 3 items … 15 short stories, all in one book. Canberra author Sean Costello set himself a challenge to write a short fictional story each week based on three items requested by social media users. As an unabashed fan of Canberra, the only condition was that he would set the story in his home town. The resulting collection of bespoke stories provides a wonderful lens through which to view one of Australia’s most misunderstood cities.
With an introduction penned by Greste himself within days of his release
Profits from this March publication will at the suggestion of the Greste family assist the Overseas Prisoners Support Service.
The world was shocked when foreign correspondent Peter Greste was convicted in June 2014 of reporting false news and endangering Egypt’s national security.
The trickle of emails for Peter and his family that had begun with his arrest the previous December increased exponentially. The Grestes set up an email address for the letters, firstname.lastname@example.org, then printed out copies to take to Peter. In August, Peter responded at freepetergreste.org:
“Each time my family visits the prison, they bring a new sheaf of letters … each time I am staggered by the range and spirit of the notes you’ve written. Whoever you are, whatever has motivated you to take to the keyboard, I want to send a “huge” thank you … I want to tell each and every one of you who has taken the trouble to write or tweet or donate or back our cause in any way that the spirit of support is what keeps us going … “
Prison post will feature a selection of the letters, including, happily, a chapter containing messages sent to celebrate Peter’s release.
In 2013, if:book Australia issued a challenge to a group of Australian writers to step outside their comfort zone and try a new professional experience – something they’d never done before – then tell us all about it. Carmel Bird digitised a title from her backlist. Simon Groth used a manual typewriter. Romy Ash wrote stories for Twitter. Benjamin Law braved the squiggly world of shorthand. Sophie Masson started her own press. Jeff Sparrow wrote something that’s definitely not a book. And Sean Williams deprived himself of sleep. Each contributor deliberately became a N00b then told us how the experience affected their craft. Read their stories in The N00bz.
Last Friday I spoke on a panel at the Australian Digital Alliance copyright forum at the National Library of Australia. The brief was to talk about how Editia came to be to provide a snapshot of a publishing organisation working in these rapidly changing times for the industry. Here’s the full text of the speech. [...]
Hello, 2015! Here’s hoping you’ll bring as much excitement for Editia as 2014 did. Scott Bridges’ flurry of podium appearances at literary awards (and my resulting flurry of awards-sticker runs to bookshops) here in Canberra late last year were among the highlights. Now you can help us add to his accolades. At Civic Library on [...]