This week has been Children’s Book Week, for those of you who work in the book world. And I have to say I had lots of fun hanging out with kids in grade 5,6 and years 7 and 8. And I’m very happy to see these kids really into books and writing, as well as illustration.
Earlier in the year, I proposed a Festival of Stories to CAL Funding Agency to hold a series of writing and illustration workshops at the Yarra Plenty Regional Library with these kids. It has been a great week and has been a win-win for the library, the schools as well as the facilitators who I was able to get to run the workshops.
Our own Kev Howlett, Simon Swingler, Paul Collins and Hazel Edwards all ran workshops to kids who were thoroughly engaged for each two hour workshop. And don’t these kids show us how to be creative!
I look forward to gathering all their work and putting it into an anthology that we’ll launch in November.
I had planned to write here more often but i’ve been busy going to writing festivals and dealing with sick computers. They sound like writerly occupations, don’t they?
The Byron Bay Writers’ Festival was fantastic. Exactly the right medicine to get the creative juices flowing and to think about what it means to me when people are panicking about the so-called death of the book. Personally, I don’t think that the book will die. It will sit nicely alongside ebooks and everyone will get along. I was very impressed with a panel of women from Smashwords. They are taking the future into their own hands and embracing both traditional publishing and epublishing. And they aren’t young chicks who have grown up with computers. They’ve just realised that epublishing is part of the future.
There were some at the festival who seem to think that the way things were are better and that those of us who think we can write don’t count! I won’t name any names, it doesn’t really matter. These people will just have to get with the times.
So, my brain has really been ticking and as much as I am in love with the real book, I can see the benefits of an ebook and I will embrace it.
What is creativity? To me, a creative life is meaningful and I wouldn’t exist without it. And in my mind, everyone is creative in some way because it’s a form of expression.
But how do we define it? A limited definition of creativity would prevent many people from appreciating their own potential. It isn’t about the Arts. You don’t have to paint, draw, write or play a musical instrument.
So, what does a person need to pursue a creative life, and why do we need it? I think that an open and curious mind is all you need. And to be creative, or innovative, in the current economic climate equals survival.
Hello world, again. It was our intention to start a writing newsletter this week. Actually last week, on July 1. But sometimes life has other ideas and Les is stuck in hospital because a driver needs glasses, or a new brain. We still endeavor to bring you writerly stuff but things are on ‘pause’ just at this moment.
We are starting our ten week workshop sessions in August, so that’s something to look forward to. Something to get the brain going.
Welcome to Busybird Publishing & Design’s inaugural blog.
We have a lot going on at Busybird. At the moment, we’re busy looking for submissions for [untitled] issue five; putting together an anthology of peoples’ experiences with breast cancer, entitled Journey; and we’re also running writers’ workshops every Monday night — and that’s just the start of it all.
Keep in touch with our existing projects, and also with what we have in store for the future.