On Monday May 18, That Poetry Zoom features poet Anne Collins (Tasmania) and includes an extended open mic (three minutes per reader). Meeting link and password will be provided on Facebook and via the mailing list at 6pm on the night. "Doors" open at 6.30pm, event starts at 7pm. facebook.com/smithspoetrything/.
The Australian Writers' Guild in collaboration with Audible and with support from Screen Australia, have launched a podcast competition and development opportunity for Australian writers. They can submit ideas for a three- to six-hour podcast concept. Entries are open to all AWG members. Up to eight project ideas will be shortlisted, with up to $20,000 distributed across the successful project/s, and the potential for these projects to form part of Audible's original content program. Entries close on June 1. See awg.com.au/competitions/on-air-audio-originals-writing-competition.
The release of the 2020 Round of the Innovation Fund has been brought forward. It will be open to regional and metropolitan publishers and content service providers producing public interest journalism. A total of $5 million will be available for the 2020 Round, with a maximum of $400,000 for any applicant. Applications close on May 22. See: get.regionalpublishers.com.au/get-in-touch/.
Entries are now open for the Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry. The 2020 prize will be awarded for outstanding unpublished poetry with the theme Generosity, reflecting on Katerina Stoykova Klemer's supposition, "If truth doesn't set you free, generosity of spirit will". Entries close on July 6 and winners will be announced on September 22. Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe will be the judge. First prize is $10,000; second prize is $5000; third prize is $3000. Australian residents are eligible to enter. The shortlisted, commended and winning poems will be announced on Tuesday, September 22. Inquiries can be made to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information: artsandculture.acu.edu.au.
On May 27 at 6.30pm will be Truganini: A Conversation with Cassandra Pybus and Paul Daley about the history of the legendary Aboriginal woman. See: harryhartog.com.au/events.
Penguin Random House Australia has launched an online book club called The Huddle to connect readers with authors on Facebook. On Fridays from 3pm to 4pm a Facebook post will go up featuring the book of the week. Readers will be encouraged to comment on the post and discuss the book. The author will be ready and waiting to answer readers' comments and talk about their research. This week's book is The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh. More information: penguin.com.au/book-clubs/2604-the-huddle.
The Sydney Writers' Festival will be showcasing writers and thinkers who would have come to the festival. swf.org.au.
The restaurant at Muse is closed for all trade, but the shop has put a selection of books and wines from its award-winning wine list for sale online. More books will be added each week. Order before 4pm for free same-day delivery to Canberra and Queanbeyan for orders $50 and over. No delivery on Mondays. No new stock will be ordered until Muse reopens. musecanberra.com.au.
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