Since 2011, Scissors Paper Pen has been making lit happen in the capital: coordinating creative events, supporting young writers and shining lights on emerging wordsmiths and their works of wonder. Over five years, the collective have won state and national awards for programming. Alumnae have been published nationally, and accoladed in fierce and exciting abundance. Now it's time for a change, as SPP grows into 2016 and the next five years. Join us as we celebrate the SPP old guard handing their pens to a new team of SPP directors and coordinators, with ceremony, music, drinks, readings and performances from old and new SPP favourites, and a few surprises.
Panelists: Quinn Eades, Amy Middleton, Jonno Revanche, Yen Eriksen (emcee)
Featuring some of Australia's foremost commentators on gender, this panel delves into the responsibility of writers to confront transphobia and homophobia.
Are writers leading the way in building awareness? Or are we shying away from a responsibility that is clearly ours for the taking?
The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women's writing and championing diversity and cultural change. The prize is named after one of Australia's iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah 'Miles' Franklin.
A panel of Stella Prize representatives will talk about the need to maintain recognition of outstanding women's writing. They will also be announcing the first ACT Stella Schools Ambassador.
Facilitator: Andrew Galan
Where the Wild Words Are is a series of events designed to inspire writers away from their desks and reveal some of Canberra’s best-kept secret writing spots.
In this special edition of Where the Wild Words Are, widely published and celebrated poet Andrew Galan will lead participants in a series of writing exercises inspired by the comings and goings of people in transit at Canberra’s primary interstate transport hub. One and all are welcome.
Panelists: Sally Pryor, Arts Editor of The Canberra Times, Jess Oliver, emerging arts critic, Peter Haynes, curator and arts critic.
A discussion about the nature and importance of fostering a culture of critical writing in small arts communities, specifically in the visual arts community of Canberra.
This event is presented as part of the ANU School of Art's Art Forum series.
Artists: Caren Florance, Nicci Haynes, Jane Rawson, Shags
Local visual arts collective Speak Uneasy are fascinated by text: letters, fonts, words and the difficulty of making ourselves understood using their beautifully clumsy forms. Come and see their exhibition at any time throughout the festival.
Exhibition opens 6pm on Friday 18 March.
The rhythms of poetry, narrative based construction and oblique autobiography(the literary word) – labours to distort the visual grammar of our ordinary lives. COLD LIKE CONCRETE examines an intersection of auto-poetic experimentation in visual art, drawing from public and private collections to present Australian art|TEXT spanning some 40 years. This exhibition provides an experimental meeting ground for a number of discrete artistic practices. Presenting artists that intend the visual and the literary to run in parallel, appear simultaneous, and form at once a double-imaged, duplicitous world: the order of things || the order of words. A world, where every-thing-is-something. And so to know its use, it may be distanced, detached, ironically turned over, and made to feel cold – like concrete.
RUTH COWEN / MITCHEL CUMMING / BENJAMIN FORSTER / KEVIN MORGAN JONES / KK+JLD / LUCINA LANE (WITH LISA RADFORD) / ADELLE MILLS / ROSE NOLAN /PETER O’MARA / ALEX SELENITSCH / CHARLIE SOFO / RICHARD TIPPING / PETER TYNDALL / CURATED BY OSCAR CAPEZIO
What’s your favourite word? Fantabulous? Ridonculous? Hullabaloo? Find the most creative way you possibly can to show us. Spell it out with tomato sauce, pencils or buttons – have your class make the word with desks and chairs – and we will feature it on the Noted Festival website.
Please send content to: firstname.lastname@example.org with "Whooziwotsit" in the subject line. Remember to tell us your name and how old you are so we can credit you on the website! Please send files as: JPEG, PNG, GIF or TIFF. Submissions close 20 March 2016.
Artists: Karen Andrews, Elizabeth Tien An Flux, Lex Hirst, Neha Kale, Bri Lee, Patrick Lenton
The problem with creative careers, is that so much of your time is spent doing stuff that is utterly boring and not creative at all. How do you do your tax as a sole trader? What do you need to know about working with larger organisations as an artist or a freelancer? Exactly how should you pitch your work to an editor of a literary journal?
Boring Bits is a series of online mini-lectures (five minutes a pop) and is a quick and painless way to learn everything you need to know about the not-so-fun stuff.
Artists: Bridget Lutherborrow, Kaaron Warren, Ben Walter, Jordan Morris, Kate Iselin, Elizabeth Caplice
We've asked some of our writers to share some flash-in-the-pan stories with you on Snapchat. Follow notedfestival on Snap Chat for stories delivered straight to you phone.
Artists: Craig Garrett, Patrick Lenton, Alice Robinson
Ever been tempted to pimp your professional online profile to tell the world who you really are? We've invited our artists to fit the more colourful and intriguing aspects of people's working lives and careers into the conventional format of LinkedIn.
Artists: Chloë Callistemon, Alison Coppe, Sanja Grozdanic, Madeleine Karutz, Karen Murphy, Emma Rose Smith
What would you do if you could re-invent or re-contextualise your past? We asked our artists to do just that, presenting their responses as a series of multimedia digital zines.
Heroes is a collaborative project undertaken by students in the Koori Kids Group, the Koori Leadership Program and Noted Festival. Over the course of two weeks, students will write and make zines around the theme of "heroes". Koori Kids and Koori Leadership are groups for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged eight to sixteen. They are facilitated by West Belconnen Child and Family Centre, UnitingCare Kippax, and Belconnen Community Services. From local Elders to sporting stars to superheroes, these zines, available to read on the Noted website, will tell the stories of the people that inspire them.
Artist: Indigo Eli
Australian Slam Poetry finalist Indigo Eli will be documenting, posting and sharing festival moments beyond geographic limits. Expect poems constructed from the Noted Festival environment, quoted tidbits of overheard festival chat and handwritten notes – connecting remote individuals intimately, collated online.
Artists: Jordan Morris and Dierdre Pearce
Canberra has been shaped by cover-ups and secrets. It's a city built on legends whispered in tones so hushed you've never heard them... until now. Jordan Morris and Dierdre Pearce have unearthed over a century of Canberran conspiracy and forbidden knowledge. You deserve to know the truth. This March, Morris and Pearce leak the real history of Canberra, every word and image, online and installed around the city. Learn the facts before they're redacted. Plaque Proportions: Mapping the unwritten history of Canberra.
Find the plaques at all your festival locations!
Artists: Duncan Felton, Nick Delatovic, Tessa Rose, the Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary, David Stavanger, Jennifer Compton, Laurie May, Paul Magee, Sarah Rice, Indigo Eli, Melinda Smith, Beige Brown, Bela Farkas, Louis Klee, Alison Coppe, Ben Walter, Bri Lee, Sandra Renew and Denise Burton
Poet Andrew Galan, together with a litter of handpicked poets from across the country, are posting their words up all over Canberra's nooks and crannies. Check the Noted Festival website for location hints.
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
Adapted from Australian Government literature regarding bill posters
Artist: Izzy Roberts-Orr
Throughout Noted Festival, writer and radio producer Izzy Roberts-Orr will be exploring the layers of memory that can become ingrained in place, interviewing festival participants to create a new series of site-specific documentary audio stories.
Artists: Kelly Donohue (curator), Emma Rose Smith, Felicity Banks, Chloë Callistemon
What does poetry look like in the 21st Century? What can it look like? How far has it already been pushed and where is it headed next? Watch online as four contemporary writers play with poetry in strange new spaces and platforms.