tag: Canberra


Posted on March 29, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Canberra Poetry Scene: Part 1- Bush Poetry

Blogger in Residence, Chris Kerr, wants you to “forget whatever pale and anaemic associations the word ‘poetry’ brings to mind”, by enlightening you on the fascinating and lively poetry scene in Canberra. Canberra is blessed with a vibrant and diverse range of poetry scenes. This post is the first of a two-part look at what […]


Posted on March 23, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Setting Your Fiction in Canberra

Blogger in Residence, Matthew C Lamb, investigates the pros and pitfalls of setting your story in your hometown. The first novel I ever wrote was set in Canberra. Sort of. I created the fictional city of Riverside for the post-apocalyptic adventure, featuring all the most evocative parts of my hometown (foggy orange streetlight hazes; endless winding […]


Posted on March 8, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

First Encounters with a Poetry Slam

Blogger in Residence, Matthew C Lamb, tried out Canberra’s most famous poetry slam, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. Read his witty, honest musings on his experience below. Photographs by Adam Thomas. Poetry is intimidating. For many (me included) it can come across as pretentious, or stuffy, or borderline incomprehensible. So if you add to that four exclamation marks and […]


Posted on March 4, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Take Note: Q&A with Noted Festival

Find out what the brains of this year’s Noted Festival had to say when they chatted to Blogger in Residence, Chris Kerr. Noted, Canberra’s independent writers’ festival, returns for its second year from 16 to 20 March. This year, Noted will put on a literary smorgasbord of events at venues ranging from galleries to pubs and everything […]


Posted on February 24, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

Where to Write in Canberra

Blogger in Residence, Matthew C Lamb, has put in the hard yards, investigating the best spots for writing in our city.  Location has a significant impact on what we write. Visual stimuli, personal associations, distractions, the benefits and confines of consistency and routine—all these are tied to place and can influence the quality, tone and […]


Posted on January 20, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

A FINE SETTING FOR MURDER: an interview with Sulari Gentill

In 2015 Sulari Gentill was the first to participate in the ACT Eminent Writer-in-Residence Program, an initiative of the ACT Writers Centre in collaboration with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra. Sulari Gentill is author of award-winning Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, a series of historical crime fiction novels set in the […]


Posted on January 12, 2016 by ACT Writers Centre

A Literary Guide to Canberra

Muse, Canberra. Photograph by Jonathan McFeat. Blogger in Residence, Shu-Ling Chua has the run-down on everything literary in our fine city.  There’s no denying it. I’m immensely proud to have gotten my writing ‘break’ in Canberra. Like the city itself, Canberra’s literary scene combines the best of a big city and a smaller, community-focused town. […]


Posted on May 22, 2015 by ACT Writers Centre

Residency opportunity for eminent Australian writers

What’s this all about? This special, one-off residency opportunity is open to eminent Australian writers working in any form/genre, for example fiction (including young adult), non-fiction, and poetry. In this context, ‘eminent’ is defined as an Australian author with (1) a national reputation, (2) significant publication history, (3) recognised in Australian awards, and (4) reviewed […]


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