What is your writing/publishing background?
I’m a PhD student, freelancer, and short story writer. With my research, I study modern Australian comic book publishing. It’s pretty sick, to have a day job where I just study comics. The end game is to write a book about it. Last year I wrote a paper on the cultural capital of Batman graphic novels in the 1980s, and managed to present it at Mansfield College, Oxford. To say that was a wonderfully surreal career highlight is an understatement.
I’ve been a freelance contributor to Pop Matters, WhatCulture, Sequart, Fringe Review, the Australian Comics Journal, Comics Forum, and On the Record. I’m currently the editor of the Writers Bloc Tumblr, Hell Yeah Writers Bloc, where we publish strips and single panel comics, do artist profiles, and event coverage.
My freelance work usually entails me sitting down at my laptop writing about comics and film and and whatever else, trying to keep my profanity to a minimum. (I’m not always successful). The only times I get out the house when I’m freelancing are when I’m reviewing Adelaide Fringe shows. That’s when I turn up to a show three sheets to the wind, scribbling in my little notebook, NEEDS MORE CLOWNS. Even if the show is not about clowns.
Lastly, with my short stories, I’ve only recently started giving it a crack, but I’ve been published in a few places. Hearsay and Dubnium, mainly. I write stories in my spare time. The rest of the time is spent being as nerdy as possible (see above).
Where is your favourite place in Adelaide?
The Grace Emily Hotel. Where can you find a shrine to Bert Newton? The Grace. A tiny Jesus holding a cigarette in a Nativity play? The Grace. A TV showing old cult TV shows at strange hours? The Grace. And then there’s the beer selection! I once had this espresso stout there which was canned nirvana. I don’t remember what the blazes it was called, but it had a sumo wrestler flaunting his butt on it, and it was just perfection.
What are you doing for the EWF Adelaide Roadshow?
I’ll be reading out a story of mine on behalf of the lit magazine Dubnium, and doing some emcee work at comics events.
Over the first weekend of September, the Emerging Writers’ Festival will be knocking on Adelaide’s door for the first time ever, with three days of discussions, performances, workshops, and networking opportunities for emerging writers.
This exciting program begins on Friday September 5, with Adelaide’s largest-ever simultaneous literary magazine launch. On Saturday September 6, The Writers’ Masterclass program will allow Adelaide’s writers to upskill, with the day capped off with Mixtape Memoirs, our flagship performance event, featuring a line up of local and interstate writers, musicians, and comic artists. On Sunday September 7, the festival will wrap up with a laid-back series of fun, hands-on events aimed at connecting Adelaide’s emerging writers.