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updated showreel

Posted in FLASHING THE SQUARE, Uncategorized on September 29, 2017 by Richard Holt

At Newcastle Writers Festival

Posted in FLASHING THE SQUARE, NEWS & INFORMATION on April 2, 2016 by Richard Holt

It was fantastic to see a selection of the  microlit videos I’ve produced with Spineless Wonders playing to a full house at the beautiful Civic Theatre prior to the Festival launch last night. Thanks to all who assisted. This afternoon we present a session on microlit and announce the winner and finalists of the Newcastle microlit competition (which have been made into videos and included in the program screening at the Festival Hub and between sessions at the theatre).


(photo Bronwyn Mehan / Spineless Wonders)

Flashing The Square book launch at MWF 2014

Posted in FLASHING THE SQUARE, NEWS & INFORMATION on August 13, 2014 by Richard Holt

cover3Join microfiction aficionado, Angela Meyer in conversation with writer and Flashing The Square’s curator, Richard Holt, writer/ critic, Cassandra Atherton and writer, A.S. Patrić to discuss the origins of micro-literature, its increasing popularity, its challenges and its delights, from the perspectives of author, digital artist and blogger. Includes readings and screenings of microfiction and prose poems from Flashing The Square.


In readiness for Flashing the Square 2014

Posted in FLASHING THE SQUARE, stories on June 28, 2014 by Richard Holt

Production for the videos for this year’s Flashing the Square, to be screened at the Melbourne Writers Festival in late August, is now in full swing. This year’s stories have been selected from the 2014 joanne burns Award run by Spineless Wonders along with works from invited authors. Following, as a taste of what to expect are a few more examples screened at Federation Square during last year’s Writers Festival:-

This year’s project will feature 14 stories produced as video along with a new collaborative text project I’ve produced with authors from Roomers magazine.

Finding Stories

Posted in FLASHING THE SQUARE, NEWS & INFORMATION, WRITING TOOLS AND TIPS with tags , , , , , on March 19, 2014 by Richard Holt

Writing colleague and friend, Ann Bolch, has just published an interview she conducted that explored my ‘story a day’ project, ‘Small Stories About Love‘. It’s full of timely information given the Flashing the Square microfiction competition, which is currently open for entries. You can watch the interview at Ann’s blog A Story to Tell. Thanks to Ann’s fantastic editing skills I actually make a fair bit of sense. Thanks Ann.

Here’s what the Flashing the Square microfiction videos look like

Posted in FLASHING THE SQUARE, NEWS & INFORMATION with tags , , , , on August 30, 2013 by Richard Holt

I’ve pasted an example of the Flashing the Square videos below. Each runs for about 3 minutes. If the animation seems a little slow remember these are created to be shown on a public screen with audience moving through and past the space, rather than necessarily to be watched from beginning to end in the way a movie or video clip is usually experienced. I hope you enjoy it.

[ please note the music used in this video, (Other) by A Way, is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. Visit for more information. Please respect the license conditions. ]

Up and running

Posted in FLASHING THE SQUARE, NEWS & INFORMATION with tags , , on August 30, 2013 by Richard Holt

Flashing the square is now up and running at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Check the Fed TV page for schedule details (under Melbourne Writers Festival). Both the stories and the Roomers collaborative text project look great up on the screens (as well as running on the big screen they’re also showing on the atrium screen near the NGV Australia entrance. With 25 degrees forecast for Sunday (September 1) there’s a great opportunity to experience the pieces when they screen between 7 and 9 pm.




Introducing Flashing the Square

Posted in FLASHING THE SQUARE, NEWS & INFORMATION with tags , on August 7, 2013 by Richard Holt

flashing_the_square_logoFlashing the Square is a microfiction project designed specifically for publication via the public video screen at Melbourne’s Federation Square. This unique project combines narrative text with graphic design, video and traditional public art practices.

Flashing the Square will screen as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival screen text program. It includes 12 separate microfiction works that I’ve written and designed for screen as well as an exciting collaborative on-site text project I have been developing with Roomers, a magazine and writing project drawing on the talents of writers living in St Kilda’s rooming houses and suffering various forms of housing and social stress.

The Melbourne Writers Festival is on from 22 August until 1 September 2013.

For more information check out the Flashing the Square media release,

Watch these pages for more information about Flashing the Square and for links to video previews, which will be posted as the event approaches.

Thanks to Melbourne Writers Festival and Federation Square