I understand it’s an ambiguous title but I’d suggest the title is a little ambiguous until you know more. While it could stand for a writing implement called a ‘pen’ it has much broader connotations. It began as “Poets, Essayists, Novelists” but has since been expanded to include “Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, Novelists”. The organisation began […]

Eighth Anniversary Weekend!

I’m officially excited. I know, I’ve been officially excited by many things over the past year or two but this time it’s about my blog. This weekend is the Eighth Anniversary of this blog. It’s very exciting and without the writing here I would not be at uni and I would not have a short story […]

Independent Publishing Conference

I came home from Magnetic Island just in time for trimester 3 at uni and also to find how I’d been successful in my application to be a volunteer at the Independent Publishing Conference at the Wheeler Centre. It was fabulous fun. The first day was student day. If your application for volunteer status had been rejected […]

Frankfurt et al

You might remember me totally losing my cool the other day about the Book Expo not being a bookshop and if not, I did everything except swear so be warned. We’re currently in the middle of the Frankfurt Book Fair and I’d call it the elder sibling of our Book Expo. It is massive, I thought the Book Expo […]

Book Expo – not a bookshop

Be warned, this is definitely a rant and a rave, I promise to totally lose my top here. You might remember I was booked in to be a panellist at the Book Expo in Sydney this weekend. I was excited R Us. I’d worked really hard last weekend to get on top of my uni […]

What do uni and the Book Expo have in common?

It’s the pointy end of the trimester, I’ve one week of classes left and then all assignments must be in the following week. One of my four assignments is almost done while the others are in moderate stages of research and just beginning. The due date for the last one is the 9th October. Just one minor […]

If you see my brain please send it home

As you know I had good intentions of being really organised and using technology to its fullest extent to help me study for uni. And I’m sure you’ve read my rant about technology letting me down because the files were actually images despite telling me they were pdf. It meant that instead of starting the […]

Limmud Oz 2016

I’ve mentioned Limmud Oz before, it’s a weekend of learning for those interested in Jewish topics. It’s massive, for every lecture I attended there were generally another two or three I would have liked to have seen. Held in alternating years in either Sydney or Melbourne we have some world class speakers and some not so […]

Oz Comic Con and finally…

The panel with CS Pacat, Isobelle Carmody and Marianne de Pierres was interesting. They talked about a number of topics including getting published in Australia, how much work you need to do on your manuscript before submitting it to a publisher and their different journeys to publication. Carmody got her start when things were easier […]

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Don’t make the same mistake as I did today. Check your calendar the night before so you know where, when and who you’re seeing. Thank goodness my appointment messaged me half an hour before to confirm. Not so good was that I had a 20 minute drive and I hadn’t had a shower yet. I […]