Well it was a small, intimate gathering this month, no doubt owing to a combination of school holidays, beautiful end-of-summer weather and the Western Derby. The BLPG was without the guidance of our fearless leader, Louise Allan this month and her presence was certainly missed. I (Emily) convened the group in her place, and it was my pleasure to welcome two new attendees, Lynda and Robert, to our group. We were also joined by FAWWA’s current Writer-in-Residence, Steven (SJ) Finch.
We began our meeting with a talk from SJ Finch about his current work-in-progress. In 2009, Steven was the creator of Perth’s own dotdotdash magazine which ran for a number of years and was available at a lot of great bookshops and venues. (This was when I first came into contact with Steven’s work, and indeed dotdotdash was one of the first places where I submitted by work as a young and inexperienced writer!) But working on dotdotdash got in the way of Steven’s writing and so he hung up his editor’s hat and began work on his PhD, a study of the way novels use Kierkegaard’s concept of cultural anxiety, looking in particular at Dostoevky’s The Brothers Kamazarov and Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. Steven demonstrated not only extensive theoretical knowledge of his subject but also an intense commitment to what sounds like a lot of work on a creative project,, a novel, and we wish him the very best of luck with his studies.
A round table discussion of the group uncovered what the rest of us were working on, and as usual, we were faced with a diverse group, all with varying approaches to craft. It is lovely to be able to share ideas and offer support, and so I offer my thanks to Lynne, Lynda, Robert and Steven for sharing their writing news with me today at the group!
Next month’s meeting, Louise will be back in the captain’s chair and hopefully we will be able to continue with our planned topic of Memoir Writing, so if anyone has material they would like to bring along that would be wonderful.