Archive Festival 2014

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Black and Blue Panel
Tuesday, May 20 2014 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
Mark O’Flynn, Michel Streich, Judith Martinez, Craig Billingham, Emma Brazil, Faye Wilson, Ron Pretty (facilitator)
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The Black and Blue exhibition features notable local artists and poets creating works inspired by dark mountain stories and legends. Join six of the illustrators and poets as they talk with Ron Pretty about the process of creating their work. Then take a stroll over to a special buffet lunch and enter into the exhibition at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, where you can chat with the poets and illustrators about the stories behind their work.

Presented with Varuna, the National Writers House.

Mark O’Flynn (Australian)

Mark O’Flynn has published four collections of poetry, most recently Untested Cures, plus three novels including Grassdogs and The Forgotten World, He has also published the comic memoir False Start. A collection of short fiction, White Light, was in 2013. His reviews and short fiction have appeared in a wide range of magazines both in Australia and overseas. He lives in the Blue Mountains.

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Judith Martinez (Australian)

Judith Martinez is a graphic designer, artist and illustrator. She has worked on festivals and events in Sydney and has designed interpretive signage for The Rocks and National Parks & Wildlife. She has also designed book covers, and worked on numerous publications. Earlier this year she featured in the Keepsake exhibition at The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, exhibiting photo-media and assemblages. She is currently working on her first picture book with Melbourne based organisation, inTouch.

Craig Billingham (Australian)

Craig Billingham is a poet and fiction writer. His work has appeared in many Australian journals, including Meanjin, HEAT, Review of Australian Fiction, and Antipodes, as well as having been twice selected for The Best Australian Poems. A slim collection, Storytelling, was published in 2007. He lives in Katoomba.

Emma Brazil (Australian)

Emma Brazil is a writer and poet based in the Blue Mountains. She recently completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney and her writing has been published in a variety of online publications. She works as a casual academic at the University of Western Sydney and is currently working on a memoir.

Ron Pretty (Australian)

Ron Pretty has been a leading figure in the Australian poetry scene for decades. During the twenty year period he ran Five Islands Press he published 230 books of poetry and mentored an entire generation of the best Australian poets. He edited the magazines Scarp:New Arts and Writing and Blue Dog:Australian Poetry, and taught writing in the Universities of Wollongong and Melbourne and in schools and colleges. He was awarded the NSW Premier’s Award for Poetry and an AM for services to Australian literature.

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Faye Wilson (Australian)

Faye Wilson Born in Perth WA, Faye moved to NSW after graduating in Graphic Design and Fine Arts. Since then she has produced award-winning illustration for a broad range of clients across the editorial, merchandising, fashion and textiles industries. In 2012 Faye graduated from CSU with an MA with distinction in Illustration and Drawing. Combining a lifelong interest in books, writing, illustration and visual arts in her work she exhibits regularly, and is currently working on a graphic novel. She lives in Katoomba.

Michel Streich (Australian)

Michel Streich was born and educated in Germany. He started his career in London, moving to Australia in 2000. His work has featured in a variety of magazines and newspapers, among them the Times and Financial Times, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review. His most recent book publication is the anti-war children's picture book Grumpy Little King.