For the ones who follow my blog who live in Canberra, I will be coming down for a week to finish off my manuscript, Good Greek Girls. As part of my trip I plan to write in Smith’s Alternative Bookshop as well as my hotel and other interesting places. This year has been so crazy busy with performing I feel like I haven’t dedicated enough time to the craft of writing a longer work and the only way I am going to do that is if I remove myself from my life. In the past, I have found it is the most effective way of finishing a novel. I have gone away on writing trips before, sometimes on my own and other times with other writers. Both are effective but when I go away with other writers I tend to follow a trick handed to me by a fellow writer, Demet Divaroren: no talking all day, workshopping at night. It works really well.
As part of my last minute trip, I hope to connect with other writers from Canberra, particularly writers from migrant backgrounds, or poets, or writers interested in performing. I will do a set of poetry at Smith’s Alternative Bookshop on the Wednesday night. It is part of a night of music and it is free. Because of my bad last minute organisation they have thankfully squeezed me and you can help support my writing and trip by buying a copy of my book and I will sign it for you!
I was hoping to run some kind of workshop “Writing poetry outside the box”. I’m not sure if it will happen but if you are from Canberra, get in touch via posting here or on my facebook page and I will let you know what is going on. I will also post details on my gigs page.
My film, Best Friend, is also screening in Canberra on Sunday 8th at 4pm at the Palace as part of the Greek Film Festival. The short films part of this screening are amazing and highly recommended.
Hope to see you in Canberra!