Melbourne, Australia

I love the words that fall between the cracks. / I write with black coffee, and bare feet. / Both seem to help.

Melbourne writers' meet - February

(NB: this journal post has recently been edited with updated info. To leave your details for the next meeting, see the journal post above this)

February saw a relaxed little meet that involved readings on a sunny picnic blanket, swilling of wine, and even a little tree climbing.

We met at the Art Gallery, me with my two red balloons and for once, a camera as well as a pen. Nine of us turned up, the usual suspects (LisaG, Jessica Tremp, Kristy Lee, Mark German, Chris W & Michael Alesich), plus the lovely addition of Chanel2 and Amanda Witt – we love it when newcomers join us!! The only glitch was that we couldn’t track down Anne Van Alkemade, due to a misunderstanding…still feel bad about that. So sorry Anne – it wasn’t the same without you!

Resourceful as we are, we tied a note to the red balloons and secured it with red ribbon to a tree, hoping to catch the attention of any late arriving bubblers. As far as we know, it could still be there….and wandered across to the Botanical Gardens. A shake of the picnic blankets, uncapping of the lenses and pens, and away we went.

For those who are wondering what happens at these meets…..we take it as it comes. Generally, there’s a lot of chatter, a bit of bubble talk, and then anyone who chooses to can thrown a piece of writing (or five) onto the middle of the blanket. If you don’t feel ready for that, fine, but you’re welcome to pick up a piece from someone else and read theirs out. This time we discussed the bubble writers whose work we enjoy, and recommended a few names to each other.

With that in mind, a few points were decided for the next meet.

How about people bring two pieces of writing from a bubbler whose work they admire – this is a fabulous way to spread the word about the amazing talent in this place. Much as we enjoy each others’ work, it’s so rewarding to stumble across someone new and unknown – and even more exciting to pass that on to someone else.

Also, for those ready to show their own work, we’ve decided to choose a theme for each meet that you can write to – and this month’s theme is ‘feast’. We were grazing on the delectable array of cheeses and fruit laid out on the blanket (special thanks to Chris for his incredible chunks of fresh fruit marinated in orange blossom water, lime juice and brown sugar….oh…my….lord…..) and it was remarked on how central food is to our sense of community, and connection. Write wherever that topic takes you (and yes, I have several ‘feast’ pieces in my writing folio, but I’m not cheating – I’ll write something new!).

The date – there’s been a lot of shuffling around with dates, due to Easter, Grand Prix, other bubble activities etc. I think the only way to do this is to take the bull by the horns and say – from now on, the Melbourne Writers’ Meeting is the first Sunday of every month. So the next one will be Sunday April 6th, early afternoon, city location. More details will be available as it gets closer. If you can’t make Sundays, there will be other sporadic meetings that I’ll keep you informed about. Stay tuned for details.


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