Pulpture: The Finale
May
7
2:30 pm14:30

Pulpture: The Finale

  • Courtyard, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Blemish Books, Lesley Boland and Nicci Haynes

Blemish Books is teaming up with Noted to produce ‘Pulpture’, a collaborative arts project designed to find creative ways to re-purpose unsold books. Over 4 days in the Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Hyperdome shopfront, local artists will take 500 surplus Blemish books and find interesting, creative, expressive, and meaningful ways to turn them into art. The project will culminate in a cathartic art performance at our Independent Publishing Fair.

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A Beginning and a Middle and a...
May
7
2:00 pm14:00

A Beginning and a Middle and a...

  • E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Britt Aylen

Are you a teenager and a budding writer? Got a story inside you that you're just burning to tell? In this workshop (designed for adolescents) with TV writer and presenter Britt Aylen, learn how to structure your story in order to make it as powerful and effective as possible.

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Mixtape Chorus: Gimme Some Kind of Sign
May
7
2:00 pm14:00

Mixtape Chorus: Gimme Some Kind of Sign

  • Courtyard, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Mixtape Chorus

Community indie pop choir Mixtape Chorus have teamed up with the Deaf Society to learn some basic Auslan. Sing and sign along in this once-off performance especially for Noted Festival audiences!

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Editorial Committee
May
7
2:00 pm14:00

Editorial Committee

  • Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Alan Vaarwek

Come and be a fly on the wall at the Editorial Committee! Throughout festival week,  Alan Vaarwerk from Kill Your Darlings and a team of aspiring editors have been working on the same piece of writing with varying outcomes. In this debrief they compare notes and talk through the process of editorial decision making.

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Homespun
May
7
1:30 pm13:30

Homespun

  • Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Mother Tongue Multilingual Poets

In languages including Azerbaijani, Indonesian, Persian, Serbian  and Spanish, Mother Tongue poets will weave a tapestry of sound and meaning, exploring the universal idea of home. 

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Writing New Worlds
May
7
1:00 pm13:00

Writing New Worlds

  • B Block Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Laura E. Goodin

Attention, kids who love Harry Potter, Doctor Who, The Hunger Games, and/or a good, old-fashioned fairy tale! This workshop will take young writers aged 8-15 through the basics of writing their own fantasy and science-fiction stories:  plot, characterisation, and world-building.  By the end of the workshop, each writer will have the makings of a fantastic new story of their very own.

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Re: Limiting Entropy (Artists Talk)
May
7
12:30 pm12:30

Re: Limiting Entropy (Artists Talk)

  • Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Dr Lachlan Brown, Tony Curran.

For poet Lachlan Brown and visual artist Tony Curran, their recent exhibition Limiting Entropy was an attempt to contain the often entropic nature of their collaborative process. In this artists talk and poetry reading, Brown and Curran discuss the development of their collaboration, the cross-pollinating process in which poem-informs-painting-informs-poem, and explore where the partnership may take them going forward.

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Story Corner
May
7
12:30 pm12:30

Story Corner

  • B Block Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Michelle Worthington

Plonk your kids on a cushion and lend us their ears: some of our finest children's authors and storytellers will tell us tales to make you giggle and scratch your head.

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Lunch with the Lifted Brow
May
7
12:30 pm12:30

Lunch with the Lifted Brow

  • QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: The Lifted Brow

A literary magazine? A quarterly attack journal? An independent publisher? Celebrating its 10th birthday this year, The Lifted Brow is many things. Bring your lunch and join the TLB people as they discuss life on the inside at one of the Australia’s most fascinating literary organisations. From the publication’s origins to its milestones and new directions, Sam Cooney, Annabel Brady-Brown, Alex Bennetts, Marc Pearson and others will answer all your burning Brow questions.

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What are you afraid of? The Fearless Writing Project.
May
7
12:30 pm12:30

What are you afraid of? The Fearless Writing Project.

  • Courtyard, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Gianina Carter and members of the Noted Festival and Canberra communities

What are you afraid of? Be it writing in a new genre, interviewing an idol, submitting your work to editors, or skydiving from 12,000 feet, we all have fears that hold us back. Noted has asked some daring writers to face their greatest fears and then tell us about it. The writers have been given two weeks to face their fears and will share their experiences in a live reading, hosted by fellow fearless writer Gianina Carter.

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Tongues at the Table
May
7
12:00 pm12:00

Tongues at the Table

  • Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Farz Edraki (Farsi), Rosalind Moran (French), Anita Patel (Bahasa Indonesia) and Alma Gunner (Filipino)

In a series of readings that will make you hungry, four writers who grew up with a language other than English will share stories, recipes and phrases from their childhood kitchens. 

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Oral History Swap-meet
May
7
11:30 am11:30

Oral History Swap-meet

  • Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Kermie Breydon and members of the Noted Festival and Canberra communitites

The sharing of oral histories is vital to ensuring cultural knowledge is preserved for future generations. Too often isolation, language barriers, social pressures, and unreceptive audiences mean that cultural knowledge is lost, particularly in communities lacking in intergenerational connection. In this sharing circle, facilitated by Kermie Breydon, attendees will hear a diverse array of hyperlocal and culturally specific histories often excluded from mainstream discourse.

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Wordy Hurdy Gurdy
May
7
11:30 am11:30

Wordy Hurdy Gurdy

  • B Block Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Wendy Chen

Primary aged kids of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds and kids with developing English skills are invited to spend an hour exploring story creation with writer, English tutor and Sydney Story Factory volunteer Wendy Chen.

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Noises at Noted
May
7
11:00 am11:00

Noises at Noted

Artists: Craig Garrett

Craig Garrett gives us a peek into the national overview of the Australian arts sector by collecting local stories. You will hear stories from the artists of Noted, on what drives their creative work and whether the government facilitates or stifles our Australian cultural narrative. Using the 'noises' and sounds recorded at Noted and in Canberra, Craig will deliver a curated story of what arts funding is doing to our industry and a vision of what we can do in the age of cultural malaise. We're listening.

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Story Corner: Part One
May
7
11:00 am11:00

Story Corner: Part One

  • B Block Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Jaqueline de Rose-Ahern

Plonk your kids on a cushion and lend us their ears: some of our finest children's authors and storytellers will tell us tales to make you giggle and scratch your head. 

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YOU Issue #812 Zine Launch Exhibition
May
7
10:00 am10:00

YOU Issue #812 Zine Launch Exhibition

  • Gorman Commons, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Sticky Institute

What's the collective noun for zines? We're soon to find out because we've never seen this many at once! This delightfully messy travelling installation invites you to peruse and pilfer a pile of zines, collected with love by the one and only Sticky Institute.

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Tangled Tales
May
7
10:00 am10:00

Tangled Tales

  • C Block Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Scissors Paper Pen

Scissors Paper Pen wants to write with you. All of you. In this event, Scissors Paper Pen will bring pens, paper and tape, give you some ideas and then let you loose to create collaborative stories that grow in unexpected directions. Play with each other's ideas to create wild, tangled tales. See what others have written or drawn, sketch out a few lines or a picture and stick it to the piece that inspired you. Forget beginning, middle and end; we want to branch out, cascade down, loop back and see where the Canberra hive mind goes on this wordy adventure. Check out the rambling tales on the day and pore over the results on our website afterwards.

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Karma: Reimagining letter writing and the home of gratitude online
May
7
10:00 am10:00

Karma: Reimagining letter writing and the home of gratitude online

  • Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Clyde Rathbone and Dayne Rathbone

Dissatisfied with the lack of meaningful content online, Canberra brothers Clyde and Dayne Rathbone set about creating a new online platform for writing and sharing long-form, open letters about people. They were pleasantly surprised when people started using the platform, and they were blown away when they they discovered it transforming people’s lives. Listen to Clyde and Dayne tell their story, and why they believe that gratitude can change the world.

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A Bit of a Story
May
7
10:00 am10:00

A Bit of a Story

  • B Block Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Cate Whittle

This year we're immortalising Noted Festival in the form of a picture book written by… your children! Kids of all ages are invited to add their own page, picture or plot twist. Facilitated by children's and young adult author Cate Whittle.

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Writing Powerful Dialogue
May
7
10:00 am10:00

Writing Powerful Dialogue

  • E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Laura E. Goodin

Good dialogue is the power source of fiction as well as drama:  it's the writer's main tool to work with the energy of the story and keep readers immersed in the characters' lives.  This workshop will cover a number of techniques for writing electric dialogue, and participants will have the chance to practise them, as well as develop ideas for how to apply them to their own writing.

NOTE: This event is booked out. To be placed on a waiting list please contact notedfestival@gmail.com

Story Wall
May
7
10:00 am10:00

Story Wall

  • C Block Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Kate Stewart

Become a part of the Noted Festival story. We mean that literally. We're building a story one word at a time over the course of the day and it won't be the same without you. 

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Lots-o-Lingo!
May
7
10:00 am10:00

Lots-o-Lingo!

  • Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Rosalind Moran, Marta Skrabacz, and friends of the ACT Bilingual Education Alliance.

Select a language from the menu and learn the basics from an expert. Write your name in Farsi, introduce yourself in Urdu, recite a French verse, order a beer in Polish and much much more!

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Letters from a Stranger
May
7
10:00 am10:00

Letters from a Stranger

  • Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Alexandra Neill

Do you love getting mail? Of course you do. Everyone loves getting mail. Come check the letterbox and see what the postman has for you. It could be a compliment, a secret, or a badly drawn picture of a tortoise. And while you’re here, write an anonymous missive of your own and post it off for another stranger to collect from the letter box.

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Tiny Treasures
May
7
10:00 am10:00

Tiny Treasures

  • Courtyard, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild

Is real life too boring? Looking for a way to escape? You need some speculative fiction in your life! Steampunk! Space Opera! Australian Gothic! Sword and Sorcery! Cyberpunk! Ghost stories! Superheroes! Come and meet the colourful characters of Canberra's Speculative Fiction Guild and watch them craft tiny jewels of stories, small enough to fit on the back of a postcard, that capture humanity's most whimsical fantasies...or its darkest fears. Find one you love to take home and keep forever. Or, if you can't find that queer fairy tale featuring dinosaurs you've always wanted to read, ask one of our award-winning writers to craft you something bespoke, then and there (dinosaurs improve everything).

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LitHop: Bloodwords
May
6
8:00 pm20:00

LitHop: Bloodwords

  • Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Patrick Lenton, David Stavanger, Lorin Elizabeth and BABYFREEZE.

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! along with Noted brings you Bloodwords: the death of literature, a BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Canberra National Event where literature goes head-to-head with literature in a violent bloodbath of words to decide the final victor of all time. Spoken word meets memoir meets non-fiction meets short fiction all in front of a celebrity team of judges in a battle ring royale where text will be put to the ultimate test. Who will win? The judges and literature will decide! Be there for the words, the blood, the carnage, and the half-time entertainment show from the delightful BABYFREEZE!

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LitHop: Literary Protest March
May
6
7:40 pm19:40

LitHop: Literary Protest March

  • Travelling

Artist: Ashley Kalagian Blunt

'Shakespeare needs new material!'

'Jane Austen is only famous because of Colin Firth'

'Hey hey, ho ho, Hemingway has got to go'

Noted is taking on the literary canon. We're tired of school children being subjected to the same texts by dead white men year after year, generation after generation. Wear your best literary t-shirts, create witty lit-y placards, shout your rage into the cold Canberra night and join us on our anti-canon protest march through the city. We'll be on the look-out for the best and funniest anti-canon placards and chants.

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LitHop: Mixtape Memoirs
May
6
7:00 pm19:00

LitHop: Mixtape Memoirs

  • Smiths Alternative

Artists: The Lifted Brow featuring Farz Edraki, Lachlan Brown, Linda Chen.

The Lifted Brow brings its much-loved Mixtape Memoirs series to Noted Writers Festival. Four exceptional writers have each chosen a song that changed the way they saw the world. Hear the songs, and the stories they’ve inspired.

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