Inside Karma

Arriving Early Except for a gang of cockatoos screeching and catcalling from the treetops, I was alone. A mist had begun to settle, blurring the contours of the new growth eucalypts and the blackened trunks, enclosing me in a thick, white cloud. Dotted among the man ferns and lilly pilly borders, a cluster of corrugated … Continued

How I used the Busybird Creative Fellowship – AC Watson

In December 2015 I was lucky enough to be chosen for the Busybird Creative Fellowship. The fellowship aims to help an emerging writer through their current project. For me, this meant developing my skills as a writer, starting my own writing group, meeting a vast network of amazing people, and ultimately, bringing my novel up … Continued

Editing Anthologies

‘Being a literary major, I’ve always been told to think outside the words on the page in front of me; to see their effect, to see their purpose, and to understand their importance. I’ve always believed that the most important thing about the words on those pages is that someone found value in them, enough … Continued

Issue Seven Launches!

It’s a story that many of our regular readers will be familiar with: way back towards the end of 2008, a group of us – four writers and one illustrator/photographer – bandied about ideas for a new anthology. Frustrated by the lack of opportunity for mainstream writing, we wanted something open to popular fiction. If … Continued

Healthy Body

The Health Conscious Series was the brainchild of Blaise van Hecke, Busybird’s director of publishing, and also popularly known as The Book Chick. The first book in the series, Healthy Mind, featured ten articles from non-competing professionals (e.g. a psychologist, a kinesiologist, a psychotherapist) about practices to keep a healthy mind, each speaking from their … Continued

Karma Kinglake Writing Retreat

After driving through winding roads and wondering if you’re going the right way, you see it emerge from the gum trees: Karma Kinglake, a rustic house rebuilt from the ashes of Black Saturday. There’s an old-style charm about it, a character that welcomes you and tells you that you’re going to be in for something … Continued

Bye 2015, Hello 2016!

This is the final Busybird blog for the year! Busybird will be closing from 5.00pm Friday, 18th December, and reopening 9.00am, Monday, 4 January 2016. 2016. Just like that the sun is setting on 2015, and it’s about now that we get contemplative. How did we fare this year? At the start of any new … Continued

The Launch of Joffa: Isn’t That Life?

Tomorrow night, we’re launching our newest book, the autobiography Joffa: Isn’t That Life? When we first had Joffa into Busybird last year and pitched to him that he should write an autobiography, he expressed several concerns. Firstly, he was worried people would think he was grandstanding. One thing you discover when you talk to Joffa, … Continued