‘What I’m Reading’, by Jennifer Bryce in Meanjin

How can we find out what Jennifer Bryce is reading? Maybe we could ask her. Or, we could simply hop over to Meanjin, where she’s been writing about it. You can read all about what Jennifer’s been reading about, here. It’s a really interesting read in itself.

Spike is Meanjin’s blog. The name comes from Meanjin’s original meaning as an Aboriginal word for the spike of land on which central Brisbane sits.

Happy reading, as always!

Back in March …

Back in March, Helen read a selection of work from the Elwood Writers anthology Every Second Tuesday, on Castlemaine’s 94.9 MAINfm program The Quiet Carriage. The four pieces were: ‘Ironing’ by Margaret McCaffrey; ‘On a Sunday Morning’ by Jennifer Bryce; ‘Deluge’ and ‘Stark against the sky’ by Helen McDonald.

In case you missed the original broadcast, the recording can be found here. The Elwood Writers segment kicks in around the 33-minute mark, though we’d recommend listening to the entire show. If at any time you fancy another listen, the sound file will soon be accessible within the podcasts and recordings area of this website.

The Quiet Carriage is MAINfm’s dedicated literature show all about books and authors, hosted by Paul J Laverty every Friday at 1:00pm. More details including listening info is available here.

Thanks to Paul and the station for supporting our work so enthusiastically, and to Helen for reading it so beautifully.

Happy listening!

Elwood Writers

American Writers Review 2021: Turmoil and Recovery

As of this writing, the pandemic continues, killing record numbers of people. Moreover, countries that had enjoyed democratic governments are facing authoritarian attacks. Divisions run through the fabric of our homes, our families, our nations. At the same moment, there are wellsprings of hope, love, and connection.

‘Our 2021 Issue’, from American Writers Review website

A brand new edition of American Writers Review has just been released by San Fedele Press, and once again we’re excited to see the journal featuring original work from our own Elwood Writers Helen McDonald and Barry Lee Thompson.

American Writers Review 2021: Turmoil and Recovery

Helen has three poems in the book: ‘Aftermath’, ‘Covid Lockdown (an Haibun)’, and ‘Restoration’.

From Barry, there are three short stories: ‘Glassy’, ‘Afterdark’, and ‘First Day Of Summer’.

For more information, including how to get hold of a copy of American Writers Review 2021: Turmoil and Recovery, follow the links found here.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this latest issue. We can’t wait to get our hands on it.

Happy reading and writing, as always.

Elwood Writers

Special offer: Every Second Tuesday

It’s come to our attention that Book Depository is currently discounting Every Second Tuesday in every country they service. For example, in Australia they’re offering the book at A$20.24, which represents a saving of A$1.76 on their cover price. Factor in their free delivery worldwide, and it’s a great opportunity to get your hands on a copy of the anthology. So don’t miss out. Check it out here. You can alter the currency to whatever’s appropriate to your location, at the drop-down near the top right of the page .

The mix in Every Second Tuesday is eclectic, the stories and poems deliciously delightful, crammed full of the unexpected and perfect for those with only a small window of time to indulge in their gentle obsession of reading the written word.

Janet Mawdesley, Blue Wolf Reviews

There are memories of childhood, recollected experiences, and overseas travel, the tense facing up to teenage thieves with knives, to a baby suddenly slipping over the side of a boat. There is the sharing of the pleasure found in the ordinary task of ironing, to the threatening suspense of ‘The interrupter’. All in all there is an amazing variety of snippets of life contained in this slim volume that make for compelling reading.

Helen Eddy, ReadPlus

Happy shopping and even happier reading!

More reviews of Every Second Tuesday

Every Second Tuesday | Elwood Writers

Since we last posted, more reviews of Every Second Tuesday have come to light.

Bruce Gillespie’s write-up of the anthology can be found on page 12 of SF Commentary No. 105, March 2021. You can read Bruce’s take on the stories here.

Over on BookBub, Ann McCauley has listed the book as a recommended title. Take a look at Ann’s comments here. You might have to be a member of the BookBub community to access that link, but you can also go here for the review.

Thanks so much to Ann and Bruce. We’re always tremendously grateful to anyone who reads the anthology, or who’s placed it in their reading pile on the bedside table. Remember, the best way to support writers is to read their work, or share it, or tell others about it. If you still haven’t got your very own copy of Every Second Tuesday, find out how you can get your hands on one here.

Happy reading and writing,

Elwood Writers

Now, Voyager

It’s one week since Every Second Tuesday was launched by Lee Kofman in a wonderful online event hosted by Readings. If you booked a ticket to the launch, you will have received a link to the recording. That link is still live, but will expire shortly. But you can save the video forever by clicking on the link and choosing the download options in the viewing window. Then you can watch it this year, next year, or whenever suits.

Now the book is sailing steadily on its journey. One of the best ways to support Elwood Writers is to read our work. For book lovers in Australia, we’d encourage getting hold of the anthology from Readings. Overseas readers might want to go here.

Or if you’d like to support a favourite bookstore but they don’t have the book in stock, why not ask if they can order it in for you. The ISBN is 978-0-6450041-0-6 and the publishing imprint is Rightword Enterprises.

The e-version is available from all the usual places.

If you have any issues or questions, do get in touch in the comments and replies box below this post.

Happy reading!

Anthology stories

The podcast of last week’s Cover to Cover is available by clicking through to the Vision Australia Radio website. You can also find the podcast on Spotify.

The program features readings by Alison Davies and producer Tim McQueen of stories by Elwood Writers from our new book Every Second Tuesday, including Jennifer’s ‘Teleférico’, a selection of Helen’s haiku inspired by Japan and Australia, Margaret’s ‘The White Woman’, and Barry’s ‘Tongue’.

Happy listening!

FAQs for the online launch

As we look ahead excitedly to Wednesday evening’s online launch of Every Second Tuesday, here’s a few frequently asked questions pertaining to the event.

How much does it cost?
It’s completely free, though you need to register to ensure you’ll receive the special Zoom link on the day of the event. This link will be emailed by Readings about an hour before the event starts.

I love free things. Where do I get my ticket?
You can book your ticket here. For more info on the event, click here.

I booked a ticket weeks ago, but now realise I’ve got a diary clash on Wednesday night and can’t make it to the launch. Should I let Readings know?
Good news: because you’ve booked a ticket, you’ll also receive a recording of the event shortly afterwards, whether you attend on the day or not.

I live overseas and the time difference means I’ll be asleep while the launch is occurring. Help!
You don’t have to miss out. Register in the regular way, here, and shortly after the event is finished you’ll be emailed a link to a recording. You’ll receive the recording even if you didn’t attend the live event.

Will other people be able to see me at the event?
Only if you keep your video enabled. If you don’t want to be seen, you can easily turn off your video for the entire time. At Barry’s launch event for Broken Rules in September, attendees were invited to leave their video on if they wanted to. Many chose to do this, and it was fun to be able to see people. But at some events attendees are encouraged to turn their video off to conserve bandwidth and/or make the viewing experience easier for the participants. So it depends on the event. Summary: if you’re asked to turn off your video, please do; if you’re invited to leave it on, it’s entirely up to you.

Can I eat my dinner during the event?
Of course. You can do anything you want. But if you don’t want anyone to see you, remember to turn off your video. And you’ll be asked to mute your microphone, so we won’t hear you enjoying your food or doing whatever you’re doing. In fact, sometimes the microphones of everyone apart from the participants will be muted by the MC, Christine Gordon from Readings.

Is there a dress code?
No. Come as you are. But see the above answer.

What if I’m late arriving?
Don’t worry, you’ll still be admitted. Just click on the emailed link and wait for Readings to let you in from the waiting area.

What if my dog starts barking during the event?
You’ll be encouraged to mute your microphone during the event, so only the dulcet tones of the participants will be audible to the audience. So please bring your dog along. We’d love to see dogs at the launch. Especially Petula. Cats, too. In fact, all animals are very welcome.

Who’s Petula?
A dog who loves book launches. Mainly because there’s snacks involved. Though the snacks are virtual these days.

What if I have to leave early?
You can leave whenever you want. No one will judge you.

I’ve never used Zoom before. I’m not sure I’ll know what to do. What do I need to know?
It’s straightforward, and fairly intuitive. And anyway, Christine Gordon from Readings usually gives a quick run-through of Zoom and its etiquette right at the start of an event, just in case anyone is a bit unsure. One of the Elwood Writers was a trepid Zoom virgin back in March, and now they’re never off it. We won’t mention any names. Barry. Oops. Slipped out.

Do I have to download any apps or special software?
From the Readings event page: “You do not need a Zoom account to join a meeting, but mobile users will need to download the Zoom app for their device. Desktop and laptop users can either download the Zoom application or access the event via their web browser.”

I hate being on Zoom. But I’d like to see the launch.
We’d love you to attend on the night, but if you’d rather not, just register in the usual way. At some point shortly after the event has concluded, you’ll be emailed a recording which you’ll be able to watch at your own leisure. You’ll find the booking page here.

I’ve never been to a book launch before. I’m not sure how to frame this as a question, but it is a question.
Please come and join us. This is a great and easy opportunity to find out what happens at book launches, without having to leave the comfort of your own home, or wherever you are at the time. And you don’t have to do anything apart from watch. With your video turned off and your microphone muted, it’s quite close to being a voyeur or a fly on the wall. We guarantee it’ll be a fun and interesting night. And if in the unlikely event you don’t like it, you can just exit the session whenever you want without any fuss.

How long will the event last? I tend to drop off if I’m watching anything online for more than an hour.
We anticipate the event will run for about 45 minutes in total. After Lee Kofman has officially launched the book, she’ll conduct a Q&A session with the authors. Once it’s over, you can shut down your device or computer and go and do something else. Go to sleep, if you want. And you don’t have to travel to and from the venue, because the event comes to you. Accessibility is one of the many beauties of online events.

These questions are really interesting, but now I’ve forgotten what’s being launched on Wednesday night. This is a question, by the way.
We feel the question mark. The book is Every Second Tuesday, an anthology of work by Elwood Writers Jennifer Bryce, Margaret McCaffrey, Helen McDonald, and Barry Lee Thompson. It’s being launched online by Melbourne author Lee Kofman, and hosted by Readings.

Where?
Your place.

When?
Wednesday 9 December at 6:30PM.

Sorry, I’ve misplaced that link for booking. Can I have it again?
Elwood Writers | TryBooking Australia

My question isn’t listed here. What shall I do?
Pop your question in the comments and replies box below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we pick it up.

Out and About

Every Second Tuesday in Readings, St Kilda

Our new anthology was spotted over the weekend hanging out in the new releases section of the St Kilda Readings bookshop. It looks at home and in good company. If you’re passing the store, why not pop in and pick up a copy to take home. Alternatively, you could have it delivered. If you’re in Australia you can order your copy here.

If you’re overseas, there’s a number of options. One option that offers free worldwide delivery can be found here (change the currency from the drop-down at the top of the page).

If ebooks are your preferred way to read, then simply visit your favourite online bookseller.

And don’t forget you’re invited to the online launch of Every Second Tuesday on Wednesday 9 December at 6.30PM AEST. It’s online, so location is no barrier. And it’s free. Though you must book in order to receive the event link on the day. If you’re concerned about a time difference, book a ticket anyway and you’ll receive a recording of the event whether you attend on the evening or not. Find more information here, and the booking page here.

In the meantime, happy reading!

Elwood Writers