The Notedbook
Apr
24
May 7

The Notedbook

The Notedbook is the official Noted Festival online story hub, containing works by the writers, storytellers and digi-artists from the Noted 2017 line-up. With writers responding to this year's themes (What We're Reading, Catalogue of Curiosities) or from our digital reporters on the scene 😎 and on the prowl (Coverage), there's a story for everybody. There's a column on checking your self-care levels, stories on imposter syndrome and political awareness. There's even a place for stories from the Noted staff (Words by Noted) where you can get the latest festival updates, artist interviews and pearly words of wisdom.

The Notedbook will be live on April 24th. 

Noted Writers Festival Launch 2017
May
2
6:00 pm18:00

Noted Writers Festival Launch 2017

  • National Library of Australia

Now in its third consecutive year, Noted is a Canberra-based festival of literature with a focus on inclusion and diversity. From Wednesday 3 May to Sunday 7 May, the festival will offer more than 60 events featuring the diverse voices and ideas of over 100 local, interstate and international writers and creatives.

Please join us as we launch this unique and valuable event in Canberra's cultural calendar.

Event Details:

6pm: Live music and canapés
6:30pm: Formalities to commence with a Welcome to Country from Ngunnawal Elder Nin Jannette Phillips

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Bill Poetries
May
3
May 7

Bill Poetries

Artists: Alison Whittaker, Brentley Frazer, Bill Moran, David Stavanger, Angela Pieta, Matt Hetherington, Pascalle Burton, Stuart Barnes, Paul Munden and Allis Hamilton.

Bill poetries deteriorate in the weather, end up in the streets and pollute our waterways through the stormwater system. Bill poetries make areas look uncared for and attract other litter. Councils can spend a lot on cleaning up after illegally posted bills including flyers and advertising material – money which could be better spent on more useful programs. Bill poetries are advertisements. The advertisers have not taken responsibility for ensuring that they do not become litter. The community then pay for their clean up. There are no exemptions for bill poetries put up without consent. They are items that become litter. – Department of Environment and Conservation

PSSST! A Poet!
May
3
May 7

PSSST! A Poet!

  • Various

Artists: Allis Hamilton

Our incognito poet is in town and covering Canberra with half-finished thoughts, secret scribbles and left-behind love notes. Check your pockets for poetry!

Memories in Space & Place
May
3
May 7

Memories in Space & Place

Artists: Claire Rosslyn Wilson

What makes a certain place and object unique? According to Claude Levi-Strauss, material things are goods to think with, a way to reflect on our past and come up with new ideas. Through associational, lateral and unexpected angles, we track and share stories of “things” on the streets of Canberra from diverse perspectives. This event explores our relationship with objects and how they connect us to the world around us. Join the conversation, facilitated by Claire Rosslyn Wilson, and draw out how writers conceive their creative process and the influence of place in creative writing.

Textibition
May
3
May 7

Textibition

Artist: Nicci Haynes

One great part of human existence is passed in a state which cannot be rendered sensible by the use of wideawake language...Using a combination of literary works and digital tools, artist Nicci Haynes will explore how we engage with digital literacy at its core. Text is fluid and responsive, its meaning shaped by our interaction with it. Experience how sound can deliver a different version of a story.

Hey Rhys
May
3
May 7

Hey Rhys

Artists: Tegan Elizabeth Webb

Hey Rhys is an online story project that combines words, music and visual art. It starts with a single scrap of communication between two separated humans. The communication is caught by a young alien girl who lives with her family on a distant planet. The girl translates their words into digital music, to make sure all those who are looking for them understand that they are in love. Hey Rhys might be a grand metaphor for how young people communicate on the internet. It might be abstract interstellar fan fiction. It might be a love story.

The Patchwork Story
May
3
May 8

The Patchwork Story

Artists: Alex Bennetts

What is a story? Whether sprung from one writer or many, a narrative can string together a fleet of experiences. Have you ever wanted to play a part in writing a vast and interconnected choose-your-own-adventure? Well, now's your chance!

With participants contributing parts to the ultimate story, this ever-expanding exquisite corpse will toy with the nature of creation. As the festival unfurls, so will the story, as writer Alex Bennetts pieces together this patchwork narrative on the Noted website. In the words of Mary Shelley, we will pioneer a new story and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.

Check Yourself
May
3
May 7

Check Yourself

Artist: Chloe Papas

Being a writer can be incredible and fulfilling, but it can also feel solitary and a little bit terrifying. So, how do you navigate working alone, finding a community, dealing with your mental health, finding work, and coping when the money just ain't flowing? Get answers to all of these questions and more with experienced journalist and writer Chloe Papas. As a storyteller who knows the pitfalls (and the spoils!) of the writing life, she'll share her strategies for in a column published in the Notedbook.

Fear: A Labyrinth
May
3
May 9

Fear: A Labyrinth

Artist: Linda Chen

What is it that scares us today? The fantastical? The speculative? The seemingly benign? Often the structures that define what we find terrifying arise from dialogues between the innate, the external and the imaginative - less 'things' than entire frames of mind. Exploring the relationship between the innate, the external and the imagined, Linda Chen guides Noted Festival audiences through a virtual haunted house constructed by our writers and their fears. Navigate the labyrinth of our psyche by contributing your own piece.

Pulpture: Wednesday
May
3
10:00 am10:00

Pulpture: Wednesday

  • Tuggeranong Arts Centre Shopfront, Tuggeranong Hyperdome

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 on Sunday 7 May.

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Let's Get Lyrical: Part One
May
3
7:30 pm19:30

Let's Get Lyrical: Part One

  • Smiths Alternative

Artists: Damien Flanagan, Luke McGrath in conversation with Nick Delatovic

Ever wondered how the great songwriters of our time fit all of those big-hearted words inside those tiny chords? We’ve gathered some of Canberra’s most unique and popular lyricists to talk about their approach to the age-old art of putting words to music. If we ask them nicely perhaps they’ll even crank out a tune! 

The Let's Get Lyrical event series is curated by Nick Delatovic.

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JumpCuts
May
3
8:00 pm20:00

JumpCuts

  • Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: JumpCuts

Jumpcuts is Canberra’s first ever open mic for films. Filmmakers and non-filmmakers alike are challenged to create short films based on a theme. This time the JumpCuts team will bring to life scripts written by kids. It's going to be adorable and hilarious and just everything.

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Pulpture: Thursday
May
4
10:00 am10:00

Pulpture: Thursday

  • Tuggeranong Arts Centre Shopfront, Tuggeranong Hyperdome

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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Canberra Women Writers Network Launch
May
4
6:00 pm18:00

Canberra Women Writers Network Launch

  • Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Rhyll Biest, Bec Fleming, Rose Chen and Stella Frances.

Canberra is full of women who love to write. If you're one of them, the Canberra Women's Writers Network invite you to join them for an evening of supportive and interactive discussion. Why a women's writers network and where to from here? Have your say and join the family.

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Mail Club
May
4
6:00 pm18:00

Mail Club

  • E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Alexandra Neill

What should you tell your grandmother when you haven’t seen her for a year? How do you write to someone you only know on Twitter? What do you do when a far-away friend is sad and you want to help so desperately but don’t know what to say? Come join Mail Club™. Please bring: the postal address of at least 3 people you’d like to write to, some $$ to buy stamps. All cute mail supplies provided.

NOTE: This event has limited capacity. Please register to avoid missing out!

 

Writers Uncorked: A smorgasbord of literary conversation
May
4
6:00 pm18:00

Writers Uncorked: A smorgasbord of literary conversation

  • The Wine House at The Dickson Tradies

Artists: Kaaron Warren

Ever wondered what writers talk about when they've had a glass of two of something convivial? Come along to the Wine House at the Tradies Club and sample the range of delicious writers-in-conversation on offer. Draw up a chair and join the discussion, or just eavesdrop while sipping a glass of Canberra-region Pinot Noir or Semillon Sauvignon. We will have conversations to suit all tastes, whether you like it spicy, salty or sweet.

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My Ovaries Didn't Make Me Do It: Hysteria and resistance in literature
May
4
6:00 pm18:00

My Ovaries Didn't Make Me Do It: Hysteria and resistance in literature

  • Ferguson Room, National Library of Australia

Artists: Emma Rose Smith

When #MyOvariesMadeMeDoIt went viral, it seemed some feminists were keen to reclaim the term. But does hysteria actually offer the chance for resistance and solidarity? This lecture traces hysteria from Hippocrates through Freud and second-wave feminism, to contemporary queer and anti-colonial fiction. Rather than asking if a novel is 'hysterical' or 'resistant' or both, Emma Rose Smith will trace signs and symptoms and question their meaning. 

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Cyber City of Literature: Literary cities and online communities
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Cyber City of Literature: Literary cities and online communities

  • Ferguson Room, National Library of Australia

Artists: Katerina Bryant

In this performative lecture, Katerina Bryant delves into questions of geographical isolation and cyber connectedness in literary communities. Taking inspiration from the landscape of her hometown Adelaide, Bryant contends that the internet is a great equaliser for writers living outside traditional literary cities.

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Let's Get Lyrical: Part Two
May
4
7:30 pm19:30

Let's Get Lyrical: Part Two

  • Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Burrows and Luciana Harrison, in conversation with Nick Delatovic

Ever wondered how the great songwriters of our time fit all of those big-hearted words inside those tiny chords? We’ve gathered some of Canberra’s most unique and popular lyricists to talk about their approach to the age-old art of putting words to music. If we ask them nicely perhaps they’ll even crank out a tune! 

The Let's Get Lyrical event series is curated by Nick Delatovic.

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The AIDS Action Council of the ACT presents Gay Sex is Fun
May
4
8:00 pm20:00

The AIDS Action Council of the ACT presents Gay Sex is Fun

  • Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Anthony Nocera (host), Katherine Cross, Rosanna Stevens and Simon Copland.

Countering the stigma and shame that often surrounds discussions of queer sex and sexuality, Gay Sex is Fun will celebrate the fun and funny sides of being queer. Host Anthony Nocera will be joined by a diverse group of LGBTIQA+ writers in a strictly 18+ evening of stories.

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Writers' Road
May
5
7:00 am07:00

Writers' Road

  • Canberra

Artists: Neha Kale, Anthony Nocera, Alex Bennetts, Katerina Bryant and Marta Skrabacz.

In March 2017, Elizabeth Harrower retraced the route she took when she drove from Sydney to the first Adelaide Writers’ Week in the 1960s. In homage to this Australian writer, Noted artists Neha Kale, Anthony Nocera, Alex Bennetts, Katerina Bryant and Marta Skrabacz are sharing their road trip saga: in audio, visual or written crafts, they’ll share their literal and literary journey to Canberra, taking pleasure (or discomfort) in the act of travel and what they anticipate at Noted in 2017.

Where and how? This content will be available on Noted website on May 5th. 

Too Early For Poetry
May
5
7:30 am07:30

Too Early For Poetry

  • Smiths Alternative

Artists: Emma Rose Smith, Brentley Frazer, Paul Collis, David Stavanger and Allis Hamilton.

How early is too early for poetry? Let's find out! Grab a coffee and share a table with poet to experience personal one-on-one and small group performances. Swap tables to hear them all.

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Pulpture: Friday
May
5
10:00 am10:00

Pulpture: Friday

  • Tuggeranong Arts Centre Shopfront, Tuggeranong Hyperdome

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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Words & Bodies Open Studio
May
5
6:00 pm18:00

Words & Bodies Open Studio

  • Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Serena Chalker and Alison Plevey.

Words and Bodies is an interactive and collaborative exploration of dance and writing, in which Serena Chalker and Alison Plevey will provide live demonstrations of the exchange process between the two mediums. In an open studio format, Chalker and Plevey will lead writers and dancers alike through a combination of writing and movement exercises exploring response, rhythm, punctuation, spatialisation and editing. 

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Where the Wild Words Are: Ghosts in the Seams
May
5
6:30 pm18:30

Where the Wild Words Are: Ghosts in the Seams

  • The Green Shed

Artists: Kaaron Warren

Join award-winning Canberra author Kaaron Warren on a voyage of discovery and inspiration through the treasure trove of pre-loved clothing that is the Green Shed Underground Shop. All second-hand clothing carries the memory of the previous owner somewhere in its seams. For this workshop, you'll find something to wear amongst the racks and inhabit that outfit as you create a character and a back story that suits.

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Solicited for Immoral Purposes: Class Rhetoric, Gay Men and The Law
May
5
7:00 pm19:00

Solicited for Immoral Purposes: Class Rhetoric, Gay Men and The Law

  • Glebe Park Public Toilets

Artists: Aidan Delaney

In three case studies spanning from 1894 to 2013, Aidan Delaney looks at the way in which the class rhetoric of middle-class mass media has policed and moderated gay men's identities. From the birth of the modern homosexual man to criminalisation, liberation, and police brutality, Delaney looks at how language and the law have been used to situate gay men in the middle-class consciousness.

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Let's Get Lyrical: Part Three
May
5
7:00 pm19:00

Let's Get Lyrical: Part Three

  • YHA Rooftop

Artists: Rach Armstrong in conversation with Leila Gato

Ever wondered how the great songwriters of our time fit all of those big-hearted words inside those tiny chords? We’ve gathered some of Canberra’s most unique and popular lyricists to talk about their approach to the age-old art of putting words to music. If we ask them nicely perhaps they’ll even crank out a tune! 

The Let's Get Lyrical event series is curated by Nick Delatovic.

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The Salt Room
May
5
7:00 pm19:00

The Salt Room

  • Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: David Stavanger, Brentley Frazer, Emily Crocker and This Band Will Self Destruct.

Brought to you by BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, in partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and Noted, the Salt Room presents poetry in its many forms. Featuring national, international and Territory poets alongside performers from varied disciplines, this is a night that combines experiments, entireties and fractures.

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Girls Write Up: In partnership with The Stella Prize
May
6
8:00 am08:00

Girls Write Up: In partnership with The Stella Prize

  • Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Bec Taylor, Neha Kale, Rosanna Stevens, Odette Shenfield, Lorin Elizabeth, Winnie Dunn, Zoya Patel, Karlie Noon and Sharona Lin.

How often are young women constrained by their gender? What if they had the confidence to speak (and write) up against derisive and discriminatory language? Girls Write Up is a gender-inclusive, intersectional, daylong wordfest for teens that teaches empowerment through writing and sharing stories.

Bookings: More information, including bookings, is available on The Stella Prize website.

What's so Good About Words?
May
6
9:00 am09:00

What's so Good About Words?

  • Harry Hartog, Westfield Woden

Artists: Michelle Worthington

In this fun, easygoing workshop for primary-age kids, award-winning children's author Michelle Worthington shares her passion for storytelling with reluctant readers and kids with developing English language skills.

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Write Here
May
6
10:00 am10:00

Write Here

  • Smiths Alternative

Artists: YOU! (Facilitated by Write Here Canberra)

Struggling to find time or motivation to write? Want to catch up with literary folk in a place with good coffee? Well, you can do both at Write Here. Commit yourself to an hour of writing in the company of other writers. 

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How (and why) to Run Your Own _____, with The Lifted Brow
May
6
10:00 am10:00

How (and why) to Run Your Own _____, with The Lifted Brow

  • E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre

Artists: Sam Cooney, Annabel Brady-Brown and Molly Lukin from The Lifted Brow.

Publishing fiends unite! In this hands-on interactive workshop, Sam Cooney, Annabel Brady-Brown and Molly Lukin from The Lifted Brow spill the beans on why running an independent publishing house/magazine/website is the bee's knees and how to go about doing so. 

NOTE: This event has limited capacity. Please register to avoid missing out!

Breaking the Rules of Poetry
May
6
10:00 am10:00

Breaking the Rules of Poetry

  • Harry Hartog, Woden Westfield

Artists: Amarlie Foster

Who said poetry's gotta rhyme? Primary age kids learn how to break the rules of poetry and come up with their very own flavour in this fun and interactive workshop with Amarlie Foster. Amarlie is a writer of poetry and fiction. When she is not writing for herself she is working with students to produce their own best writing.

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Pulpture: Saturday
May
6
10:00 am10:00

Pulpture: Saturday

  • Tuggeranong Arts Centre Shopfront, Tuggeranong Hyperdome

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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Art: What is it good for? - In partnership with the ACT Writers Centre
May
6
11:00 am11:00

Art: What is it good for? - In partnership with the ACT Writers Centre

  • Smiths Alternative

Artists: Ellen Harvey, Emma Rose Smith, Grace O'Brien and Neha Kale.

What is art good for? If we stopped arting, what would be the consequences? Perceptions of what constitutes Art often incorporate notions of inaccessibility, whether related to luxury and price or intellectual elitism. Our panel will discuss the impact of these perceptions on how we value art more broadly, our attitude towards allocating public funding to people wanting to make it and the extent to which this privileges some voices over others.

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Words in Space
May
6
11:00 am11:00

Words in Space

  • Harry Hartog, Woden Westfield

Artists: Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern

Primary-aged kids are invited to take part in this free fun and interactive writing workshop with children's author Jacqueline de Rose Ahern. Kids will be encouraged to write creatively about their surroundings, or the places and spaces they know best.

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What role does the LOL play? - In partnership with the ACT Writers Centre
May
6
12:00 pm12:00

What role does the LOL play? - In partnership with the ACT Writers Centre

  • Smiths Alternative

Artists: Robert Skinner, Julie Koh, Eric Yoshiaki Dando and Patrick Lenton.

Douglas Adams once said that humour is ‘the most underrated gift in literature.’ For a nation that prides itself on its sense of humour, it is often very hard to find it in our fiction. This panel brings together three of our funniest and most-inventive short story writers, to discuss the role of comedy and humour in story-telling.

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Literally the Worst: Bad writing and badder editing - In partnership with the ACT Writers Centre
May
6
1:00 pm13:00

Literally the Worst: Bad writing and badder editing - In partnership with the ACT Writers Centre

  • Smiths Alternative

Artists: Alan Vaarwerk (Kill Your Darlings), Sian Campbell (Scum Magazine) and Irma Gold.

Trust me, it’s not your cover letter. Ever wondered if the real reason you’re not getting published is that your writing’s just not that good? In this panel, some of Australia’s brightest editors will tell you how to spot bad writing, how to fix it, and, in a moment of self-reflection, how to know when an editor’s advice is terrible.

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Let's Talk About Death, Baby!
May
6
3:00 pm15:00

Let's Talk About Death, Baby!

  • Noted Festival

Artists: Gabriela Georges

How do you reconcile an acceptance of mortality with a story of grief and loss? Gabriela Georges will facilitate a conversation on the elements of death, guiding the narrative through topics like funerals, relationships, bucket lists and afterlife. The dialogue may be confronting and challenging for some viewers - as confronting as death itself.

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LitHop: Have you got the lede?
May
6
5:00 pm17:00

LitHop: Have you got the lede?

  • King O'Malley's Irish Pub

Artists: Scum Mag and Sian Campbell.

Race against the clock to see if you can match writers to their opening paragraphs. Sound easy? Don't be so sure. That's only the beginning! To kick off LitHop, Scum Mag will be asking you to play ‘Have you got the lede?’ - a literary Mix n' Match game. Scum contributors will also read from some of their most-loved work.

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LitHop: Like a Rolling LitHop
May
6
5:40 pm17:40

LitHop: Like a Rolling LitHop

  • Travelling

Artists: Jordan Morris

In a Nobel prize-worthy performance, Bob Dylan aka Jordan Morris will lead our merry band of LitHoppers across Canberra. Forget your Subterranean Homesick Blues, be your own Mr. Tambourine Man and join Jordan in a literary journey that will make you feel Forever Young.

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LitHop: Blind Date with a Book
May
6
6:00 pm18:00

LitHop: Blind Date with a Book

  • The Phoenix

Artists: Ashley Kalagian Blunt + Guests

Noted presents Blind Date with a Book - the literary dating show you didn’t know you needed. Host Ashley Kalagian Blunt will guide one lucky contestant on their journey to find their literary ever after. Who will be the lucky book?

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LitHop: Like a Rolling LitHop
May
6
6:40 pm18:40

LitHop: Like a Rolling LitHop

  • Travelling

Artists: Jordan Morris

In a Nobel prize-worthy performance, Bob Dylan aka Jordan Morris will lead our merry band of LitHoppers across Canberra. Forget your Subterranean Homesick Blues, be your own Mr. Tambourine Man and join Jordan in a literary journey that will make you feel Forever Young.

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

LitHop: Mixtape Memoirs

  • Smiths Alternative

Artists: The Lifted Brow featuring Rebecca Varcoe, 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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

Lunch with the Lifted Brow

  • 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, Molly Lukin and others will answer all your burning Brow questions.

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

A Beginning and a Middle and a...

  • B Block Hall, 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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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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