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Artmedia - ePublishing News - May 2004

Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Literary and Performing Arts

  John Marsden teaches Writing / Keith Johnstone teaches Impro, Australia

Writing News:  
  Auckland Writers & Readers Festival - an evening with Alain de Botton, NZ  
  National Poetry Week 2004, Call for Public Art Events, Australia

   Incubation3, trAce International Symposium on Writing and the Internet, UK
  European Contest for New Theatrical Authors, 2004 edition, Rome, Italy

Publishing News:   
  Australian Publishers Association, Web-based ONIX Validation Tool
  Microsoft Reader eBook Catalog Site, which now contains 27,000 Books

Media News:   
  Digital Media Submissions Sought for Screening at High Beam, Melbourne
  Production Management Software for the Independent Filmmaker, Melbourne
  New Media Commission -  MediaMaker, Shrewsbury, UK

  Paul's Editing Services, Paul Vander Loos, Mackay, NSW, Australia
  Prestige Proofreading - Proofreading, Copywriting and Copyediting, Australia
  AustralianReader.com - Wet Ink for Hungry Minds, Australia
  E-Book Society, Content Creator Forum and Database, London, UK

Artmedia Services:
  Newsletter Advertising, Web Promotion - Subscriptions and Unsubscriptions

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Welcome to the May 2004 edition of the e-publishing quarterly from Artmedia Publishing, a publication with an Australian and New Zealand focus, and a global perspective, exploring the changing nature of the book and electronic publishing.

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In the Feature section of this edition, we have a course with two strands, writing, taught by John Marsden, a best-selling novelist for children and teenagers, and improvisation, taught by Keith Johnstone, author of 'Impro' and 'Impro for Storytellers'. This eight-day course will be held at the beautiful Tye Estate, half an hour north of Melbourne Airport, in Australia.

In writing news, the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival Charitable Trust announces an evening featuring UK/Swiss writer and philosopher Alain de Botton as part of their off-year programme, and we have news on the Australian National Poetry Week, with organisers inviting you to join in the fun, anarchy and sheer celebration of all things poetic, with a reading, event or any other surprising installation of poetry in public spaces. We also have information on an international Symposium on Writing and the Internet, Incubation3, run by trAce in Nottingham, England, and a European Contest for New Theatrical Authors in Rome, Italy.

In publishing news, the ONIX project is now at the halfway stage, and the Australian Publishing Association has just released a new web-based ONIX validation tool, which can be used  to test your ONIX data and find out if you are ONIX compliant. And we have information on the Microsoft Reader eBook Catalog Site, which now contains 27,000 books.

In Media news, submissions are sought for screening at High Beam Driver Lane, a digital media screen presenting Australian digital arts in a busy urban context in central Melbourne, where the Australian Film Television and Radio School also hosts a demonstration of new Production Management software for the independent filmmaker. Plus we have information on a new media commission, from MediaMaker in Shrewsbury, England.

While in the noticeboard, Paul Vander Loos offers his editing services; Prestige Proofreading offers a proofreading, copywriting and copyediting service; a new web site, AustralianReader.com provides 'wet ink for hungry minds' in Australia; and the E-Book Society has a content creator forum and creative content database project in London, England.

We aim to provide an avenue of communication for the growing electronic publishing community worldwide, so please put us on your mail list, and send us information for inclusion in the free sections of this publication. Please also forward this newsletter to somebody else who may be interested.

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On the Artmedia site you can find a list of links to electronic publishing resources, awards and festivals all over the world, plus you can subscribe to this newsletter. We also have a new site search tool, to enable you to quickly find the information you need, and we have created an archive of past issues of this newsletter, which you can check out at www.artmedia.com.au/ebooks.htm

While you are there, check out the Physical TV site, which has information on Richard James Allen and Karen Pearlman's Dance Films, and books, including Performing the Unnameable, an anthology of contemporary Australian physical performance scripts. www.artmedia.com.au/physical_tv.htm The Physical TV Company, based in Sydney, Australia, is conducting a Dance on Screen Survey . "We are looking informally to document the scope of the international boom in dance film in order to assist dance filmmakers who have pioneered this work to raise support for their future work and to help draw new artists, audiences, broadcasters and distributors into this dynamic and evolving form. Some of the results of this Survey will be published on the Physical TV site, along with ideas from dance filmmakers about the nature of the artform and its future. Contact us if you would like to join in our survey."

South Australian, Adrian Rogers , an author, poet and private music teacher , has three fantasy novels published as e-books on CD Rom, which are available for Aus$10 or US$6 each, by emailing Adrian at ahrogers@smartchat.net.au . Also check out his free short story, favourite links and background information on the artmedia site at http://www.artmedia.com.au/cathar.htm   

New Zealand author, Alan Clay, has information on his three novels, Believers in Love, Dance Sisters, and Moontan. To get a free promotional eBook of Alan's novel, Believers in Love, in Microsoft Reader format; simply send an email with 'Believers in Love' in the subject line to promotion@artmedia.com.au . "Believers in Love is a powerfully creative work, with prose that sings like poetry. Beautifully told and evocatively rendered, this novel comes highly recommended." Amazon Top 50 Reviewer. Find more information on Believers in Love at www.artmedia.com.au/believer.htm

Find details on advertising in this newsletter, and on our web site promotion , at the bottom of this page, or check out www.artmedia.com.au/services.htm

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Feature -    John Marsden teaches Writing; Keith Johnstone teaches Impro

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Keith Johnstone, author of 'Impro' and 'Impro for Storytellers' is coming to Australia. He and John Marsden will run an eight-day course at John's property, the beautiful Tye Estate, ( pictured ) half an hour north of Melbourne Airport, in Australia.

The course, from June 8 to June 15, will comprise two strands, writing, taught by John Marsden, best-selling novelist for children and teenagers, and Impro, taught by Keith. There will be at least seven hours of classes a day, with one free day, which can include some group exploration of Mt. Macedon and Hanging Rock. Keith Johnstone's extraordinary pioneering ideas were the basis of Theatre Sports and the television program 'Whose Line is it Anyway'. A former director of Britain's Royal Court Theatre, and the co-founder of the Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, Canada, he is a remarkable teacher. 

Cost of the course is expected to be Aus$2945 + 10% GST. This price covers full accommodation (backpacker style at the Tye Estate), as well as all meals, as well as the workshops. The course is nearly full, so immediate applications are recommended. Keith has never taught a full-length course in Australia before, and this opportunity is unlikely to be repeated. Details can be obtained from
www.johnmarsden.com or Tye Estate, RMB 1250, Romsey 3434, or by ringing (Australia) 0354 270384, or by faxing (Australia) 0354 270395, or by emailing: johnmarsden@bigpond.com

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Writing News 

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"The Auckland Writers & Readers Festival Charitable Trust announces an evening featuring UK/Swiss writer, television presenter and philosopher, Alain de Botton, as part of our off-year programme. Alain de Botton is the best-selling author of non-fiction works; 'How Proust Can Change Your Life', 'The Art of Travel', and 'The Consolations of Philosophy', as well as novels; 'The Romantic Movement' and 'Kiss and Tell'. Come and hear this hugely entertaining and witty writer talk about his work, including a new book - Status Anxiety In  Status Anxiety Alain de Botton asks - with lucidity and charm - where worries about our status come from and what if anything we can do to surmount them. With the help of philosophers, artists and writers, he examines the origins of status anxiety (ranging from the consequences of the French Revolution to our secret dismay at the success of our friends), before revealing ingenious ways in which people have learnt to overcome their worries in their search for happiness.  For more details of the event, go to the AWRF website. An Hour with Alain de Botton, Chair: John Campbell, Tuesday 18 May 2004, 8.00pm-9.30pm. Hilton Auckland, Prince's Wharf, 147 Quay Street. " Cheers, Jill Rawnsley, Festival Manager, Auckland Writers & Readers Festival, Working towards the Fifth AWRF in May 2005. Find a link to the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival under Festivals at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm

"The Australian National Poetry Week 2004 will take place between September 4-11. Since its inception in 2002, National Poetry Week has proved to be a success with poems exhibited on parking meters in Surfers Paradise, poetry on the buses and ferries around Brisbane, readings on the edges of the surf at Burleigh Heads, poems chalked onto the pavements of Mount Tambourine, a series of readings in historic Ayers House in South Australia, poems between the grapevines in a vineyard in NSW, trees planted with poems in Melbourne, poems on take-away food containers, as well as the great poetic invasion of clubs, pubs and community centres that also took place. We managed to get poetry into newspapers, onto radio and onto the television news. Readings were also held in traditional venues such as libraries cafes and art galleries. 2003 also saw NPW launch its international cousin, the 'Notes to a Stranger Festival' which involved poetry books being left in public spaces with a note to a stranger written in the front cover. Poetry books found their way into Native American communities, on the windscreens of police cars, on the cosmetic counters of Department stores, park benches and lots of other interesting places. This year Notes to A Stranger will also co-incide with NPW. The organisers invite you to Join in the fun, anarchy and sheer celebration of all things poetic, by organising a reading, an event or any other surprising installation of poetry in public spaces. NPW 2004 is looking for people with originality, commitment and inventiveness who can organise interesting events, readings, workshops or exhibitions." Jayne Fenton Keane, Director. Find a link to the National Poetry Week under Festivals and Events at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm

"Incubation is the premier international event for writers working on the web providing ideas, information and debate for the new media writing community. It takes place from 12-14th July 2004 at The Nottingham Trent University, UK. trAce is delighted to announce a finalised list of speakers scheduled to present at Incubation3, the trAce International Symposium on Writing and the Internet. Mark Amerika is our Keynote Speaker and Ted Nelson, inventor of the term 'hypertext' and visionary internet pioneer, will be joining us to provide his own inimitable view of the net today. We can also confirm that Paul Brown, Kate Pullinger, Alan Sondheim, Tim Wright and more than two dozen others will all give papers, workshops or performances over three days from 12-14th July 2004. Visit the website to read the speakers' biographies and abstracts online:  We are especially pleased to announce the UK premier of Steve Gibson's piece, Virtual DJ, at The Rescue Rooms in central Nottingham on the evening of Wednesday 14th July. Also on the Wednesday at lunch time we have a show and tell which offers delegates the opportunity to share their old technology and memories of computers as they used to be. trAce Online Writing Centre, The Nottingham Trent University, Clifton, Nottingham NG11 8NS, UK. Find a link to trAce under Resources at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm
"Call for Proposals: European Contest for New Theatrical Authors . The festival 'Actors in Search of an Author' was established in 1985 with the intent of creating a kind of 'gymnasium for authors'. Each year the festival presents unedited theatrical pieces, which were specifically commissioned from young authors. The organizers decided last year to open up the competition to the rest of Europe. Last year the Festival welcomed new European theatrical talents. More than 50 authors participate. Five of them were selected for the 3 nights at Tratro Brancaccio and Teatro Valle in Rome, crowded by 2000 spectators. The selected plays will be presented on stage in two evenings, in Italian language, directed by Ennio Coltorti and performed by Italian actors willing to collaborate with the event. The foreign selected authors will be invited to Rome during the festival with the intent of stimulating the exchange of ideas and theories among young European artists. The competition is open for scripts lasting 18-20 minutes in the Italian language. Interested authors must send their texts by mail not later than July the 15th. The Festival will take place in Rome, Teatro Brancaccio, 18th and 19th September. The winner will receive a 1.000 Euro prize. Looking forward to hearing from you," Kind regards, Tommaso Vecchio, European Coordinator, Mail: mailto:tommaso.vecchio@libero.it

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Publishing News

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"The ONIX project is now at the halfway stage, with numerous organisations working to become ONIX compliant. To assist you in this the Australian Publishers Association has just released a new web-based ONIX validation tool which can be used to test your ONIX data and find out if you are ONIX compliant in Australia. Simply upload your ONIX file and you will then receive an email which details any errors you may have with your file. Once you have successfully validated your ONIX file the APA will add you to the list of organisations who have achieved ONIX compliance and will send you our ONIX compliance logo to use on all your ONIX communications. If you have any questions about the ONIX project please contact me." Many thanks, Victoria Nash, Project Manager, Australian Publishers Association. For information about ONIX visit the Australian Publishers Association site, and find this link under Resources at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm

"The Microsoft Reader eBook Catalog site has been updated. This site provides a centralized catalog of all "known" Microsoft Reader eBooks. The catalog includes listings of free and commercial eBooks representing adult and juvenile trade books, short stories, and articles. Each listing contains book information such as title, author(s), publisher, date of publication, book cover ("jacket"), and a book description if available. Free books provide a "one click" link to download and read the LIT file, or link to a free sample and/or version of the book for retail books. Retail books contain a list of available retail "purchase points" with direct links to the specific book for each retailer listed. [The site uses numerous metadata sources, including the Lightning Source database, Overdrive database, as well as private feeds and catalogs from free sites.] For the PocketPC user, the site automatically recognizes a PocketPC browser and formats the display in 'compact mode'. It's one of the few sites that does this, and as a bonus, you can download one of the over 1,500 free eBooks right to your PocketPC via wireless. The good news for MS Reader fans is that over the last year the site has almost doubled the number of books available. There are currently over 27,000 books on file. I would appreciate your comments, suggestions, and (hopefully gentle) criticisms of what we've done. Feel free to address them directly to me." Cimarron Buser. Find a link to the Microsoft Reader eBook Catalog under Resources at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm  

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 Media News 

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"Digital Media Submissions are sought for High Beam Driver Lane, a public, non-profit, digital media screen presenting Australian digital arts and design in a busy urban context in central Melbourne. Artists, Designers and Curators are invited to submit individual moving image works or compilations of works for selection in the inaugural "Halcyon Drive" program which will be screened each evening from mid June to August 2004. Entries must be original works of no more than five minutes duration without sound and must be appropriate for viewing by a general audience.  Entries must be delivered on dvd or cd-rom. eMail us to receive more information and an entry form. Submissions must be received by 30 May 2004. No entry fees apply and there are no exhibition fees for this program." highbeamdl@iprimus.com.au
"Free Software Demonstration. Gorilla: The new Production Management Software for the Independent Filmmaker. Gorilla is a new software package aimed at the independent filmmaker. It integrates Breakdown, Scheduling, Budgeting, Cast, Crew, Accounting, Film Festival Entries and even Profit Sharing and Stakeholders. Australian Film Television and Radio School in Melbourne is hosting a free introductory session, run by Bob Loader.  Bob Loader distributes the Gorilla package through his Sydney based company Like Magic. Wednesday 20 May 2004. 6:30 - 8:30 pm. RSVP: info_vic@aftrs.edu.au by Friday 14 May. Free entry."

"New Media Commission - Shrewsbury. Fee: 3500 Pounds. MediaMaker, a Shropshire-based new media development initiative, is now calling for proposals to create a new high-quality single-screen work using digital technology for exhibition in the Old Market Hall Film & Moving Image Centre. The theme of the work has been left open and it is expected that the work will be exciting, innovative and challenging. The work may be linear or interactive, must be completed by 1st September 2004 and is scheduled for exhibition in late autumn. The commission involves a two day residency in Shrewsbury during which time contact with local artists is likely to take the form of a participatory workshop led by the successful applicant, and/or artists surgery. The deadline for submission of proposals is 4pm, Friday 28 May 2004." For full details and an application guide, contact Martin Sumner. MediaMaker, Belmont Arts Centre, Shrewsbury, England. Find a link to Mediamaker under Media at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm

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"Hi Alan, I have been subscribing to your e-newsletter for some time and find it most useful and informative. I am establishing my business Paul's Editing Services to provide services to writers and businesses. Mainly on the literary side, I am offering a manuscript appraisal and editing service, which is affordable. I have about 20 years of experience in journalism as well as founding the Mackay Writers Group in 1985 and initiated the Mackay Festival of Arts in 1987. Both are still going strong. My website has all the information, including my rates." Regards, Paul Vander Loos. Find a link to Paul's Editing under Services at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm

"Dear Alan, We were recently browsing the web and discovered your site. We believe it would be of interest to people who visit our web site, including students, writers, publishers and others with an interest in the written word. We have added your web site to our links page, because we consider you operate a quality, informative site that would be of interest to our web site visitors. Proofreading, copywriting and copyediting by Prestige Proofreading. Solutions for students, businesses, publishers, writers, jobseekers and individuals. Offering online quotations and payment through Pay Pal." All the best, Alana Gibson. Find a link to Prestige Proofreading under Services at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm

"Hi, My name's Georgina Laidlaw and I'm currently building AustralianReader.com , a web site designed to showcase excellent new fiction, non-fiction and poetry originating in Australia. AustralianReader.com aims to showcase great work by Australian authors (unpublished or published through small and independent presses) and to provide national and international exposure for Australian writers in a single forum. AustralianReader.com - Wet Ink for Hungry Minds." Thanks, Georgina, Editor. Find a link to AustralianReader.com under Resources at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm

"Hi, The E-Book Society's  author and content creator Forum is now up and running. The Forum will hopefully encourage members to exchange ideas, and discuss problems associated with e-books and e-periodicals. The Society held its first one day workshop for e-book authors in London over Easter, and intends to run more workshops in the future, both in London and in other parts of the world. A workgroup has also been set up to develop interactive content for e-books, and the Society is looking to recruit members who are professional programmers with expertise in both Java and JavaScript. Our Creative Contents database is aimed at e-book authors and creative content producers, such as writers, photographers, designers, artists, film makers, and animators. Multimedia e-books call for use of content from different people with different skills, this database will hopefully provide both a market place for content creators, and a source of content for e-book authors." Nick Hampshire. Find a link to the E-Book Society under Resources at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm

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We are currently offering a bargain web page deal on the Artmedia site, where you can get a news page to promote your book, publishing project, events, or web site, for Aus$20 a month. We up-date the page when ever you want at no extra cost, and we maintain your traffic through search engine submission, a growing list of links with like-minded sites, and coverage in our newsletters. The artmedia pages come at the top of the list with search engines like Google, because they have a good track record over four years steadily increasing traffic.

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love7.JPG (22882 bytes)  In Alan Clay's new novel, Believers in Love, a father and daughter team of sand-sculptors embark on a crazy adventure which takes them from Sydney's Bondi Beach, to a magic mountain in New Zealand, in which they   explore the transient nature of art and life, and discover that dreams are real.

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"A female song and dance trio threatens to self-destruct on the brink of fame, when its leader becomes involved with a manipulative cult, touting sex, astrology and virtual dreaming"

Alan Clay's novel Dance Sisters, is available in paperback through on-line stores like amazon.com Or from barnesandnobel.com or here in Australia, get Australian pricing from seekbooks.com.au



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