Archive for March, 2016

Seeking bilingual writers

Posted in NEWS & INFORMATION, OPPORTUNITIES on March 24, 2016 by Richard Holt

An important component of the Text Me project (ArtSpace, Ringwood: April 1 -22) is a work called Lost in Translation. This will take the form of a simple piece of microfiction, written specifically for the project, retold and reproduced in non-English languages. The original English text will only be made available to the re-tellers of the story. This project will place the native English-speaking audience at a disadvantage, inverting the dominant language hierarchy. In order to access the story English readers will need to find a non-English speaker to re-interpret the story for them. My own role as the original creator of the story will also be circumvented, priviledging narrative over prose, story over ‘writing’. The displayed texts will also emphasise writing as a form of drawing, and allow the audience, regardless of their ability to access a linguistic ‘meaning’, to enjoy the graphic quality of script.

I’m calling for writers or other bilingual people to assist by contributing a retelling of the story. If you’re the first person to ‘put your hand up’ from your native language group (I’m after just one version in each language, but as many languages as possible) I’ll forward you the story, which is only about 300 words long, and some very simple instructions. You’ll be credited (in your native language) and will be part of what I’m sure will be a fascinating exploration of writing, language and the cultural nuance of storytelling.

Following is the list of the languages that are already covered:

  • Russian (added April 24)
  • German (TBC) (added April 26)
  • Italian (TBC) (added April 26)
  • French (added April 26)
  • Greek (added April 26)
  • Indonesian

To get involved drop me a line using the link below.


Text Me

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2016 by Richard Holt

text me brochure detail

Text Me is 3 weeks of interactive installations, workshops, performance and projections I’ve produced for ArtSpace in the new Realm facility in Ringwood. It will run from April 1 until April 22. Presented by Maroondah City Council, Text Me is the first in a series of arts incubators that will allow resident artists to explore a variety of creative genres. As the name suggests, this one is all about words. For more information download the TextMe brochure.

Microfiction readings on RRR’s Multistoried

Posted in NEWS & INFORMATION on March 24, 2016 by Richard Holt

Something of a jewel in Melbourne’s literary landscape, Multistoried, hosted by Louise Irving and Elizabeth McCarthy, is two hours of intelligent and engaging literary commentary that airs each Wednesday on 3RRR. I was invited as guest spoken word artist to read a number of pieces, yesterday. In spite of a decidedly croaky voice I read three new, unpublished pieces: The Exquisite Leaf; Light (adapted from a novella I’ve been working on) and Red Line. There’s also an interview with me about the forthcoming Text Me arts incubator at ArtSpace, Ringwood. The audio for the show is available from the station’s audio on demand service at .

Gearing up for Newcastle Writers Festival

Posted in NEWS & INFORMATION on March 7, 2016 by Richard Holt

Over the weekend I completed the first two videos from a project that will debut at this year’s Newcastle Writers Festival. On day two of the festival I’ll be joining colleagues, Bronwyn Mehan (Spineless Wonders) and Joanna Atherfold Finn (writer and educator), to present Short and Sweet: The Art of Microlit. It’s great whenever festivals and literary events support microfiction, and Newcastle are to be congratulated. I’m looking forward to heading up that way and enjoying a fantastic  regional writers festival.