Paul Kelly – How to Make Gravy

In his book In Sunshine or in Shadow, Martin Flanagan says of Paul Kelly:

The generation of singer-songwriters of which he is the best known member are to the 1980s and ‘90s what the Bulletin poets were a century before, the people who travelled this land, collecting its stories, and singing them into the consciousness of the people.

This comparison resonates with me, but I would go one step further. Continue reading →

More than football – Melbourne’s History

This week I went to the book launch of Lisa Lang’s Utopian Man. It is a fictional re-imagining of the life of E.W. Cole, the creator of the wonderful Cole’s Book Arcade. The arcade began as a small second-hand book stall in the Eastern Market in 1865 and eventually became an Arcade from Bourke Street through to Collins Street, closing in 1931. Within that time the arcade included its own press, which produced the famous Cole’s Funny Picture Books, its own set of coins, a cage of monkeys and a Chinese tea salon to name just a few of wild and wonderful things. Continue reading →

I Hear What You Say – Free Writing Workshops

Over the last two weeks of October the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s Backspace will host free workshops which focus on the written word.  A variety of writing styles will be accommodated, with discussion and exercises designed to encourage creative writing.  Workshops will be facilitated by Karl Schenk, a local author and musician.  Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of interesting exercises that will encourage the production of various forms of prose, poetry, verse and short story.  Budding rap and hip-hop artists might also consider these workshops as a golden opportunity to create and record new work.

Karl  answers some questions about the project below: Continue reading →