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JV
Posted on Monday, September 12, 2005 - 01:45 pm:   

Okay, my schedule for Australia seems set. See below. Except for the masterclasses, which you have to sign up for, all of this is free and open to the public. I hope to see lots of my readers at these events. It should be a lot of fun! Also supposed to do a couple of radio interviews.

Though what the hell I'm going to talk about on a "Regional distinctiveness" panel, I don't know.

Jeff


CAIRNS

Panel: Regional distinctiveness in writing, Nick Earls & Jeff VanderMeer
Cairns City Council Library, 151 Abbott St, Cairns
Tuesday September 27, 6pm
Jeff VanderMeer, Nick Earls, Pat Morrish (chair)

Jeff VanderMeer Masterclass
Cairns City Council Library, 151 Abbott St, Cairns
Tuesday September 27, 9am - 4pm
Venue: Cairns City Council Library

BRISBANE

The Devil in Brisbane Book Launch
Thursday September 29, 4pm - 5pm
Courier-Mail River Marquee, South Bank, Brisbane
Jeff VanderMeer, Geoff Maloney, The Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Campbell Newman

Jeff VanderMeer Masterclass
Thursday September 30, 9am - 4pm
QLD Conservatorium Griffith University Room 2.15, Brisbane (This building is directly opposite the hotel - in Grey St - between the hotel and the festival site)

Magic, Surrealism and Fantasy
Courier-Mail River Marquee, South Bank, Brisbane
Saturday October 1, 2:30pm - 3.30pm
Jeff VanderMeer, Kim Wilkins, and others, to be announced

VanderMeer's Visionary World of Ambergris
Cremorne Theatre, QPAC, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Sts, South Bank, Brisbane
Sunday October 2, 11:30am - 12.30pm
Jeff VanderMeer's multimedia presentation, "A Rough Guide to Ambergris"

SYDNEY

Reading and Signing
Galaxy Bookshop 143 York Street Sydney
Thursday, October 6, 6:00pm
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 07:36 pm:   

So how have you set up the Masterclasses, Jeff? Lecture, critique, a bit of both?
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 06:17 am:   

They're going to write, Jason, like they've never written before. LOL!

No, seriously--I'll start with a bit of lecture about imaginative fiction generally (maybe 10 minutes, tops), then we'll go into group exercises for the next hour that mesh intense discipline with intense brainstorming/subconscious, have a break, 5 minutes of lecture, then another exercise, building on the prior one, read some of them out loud. Break for lunch. Then talk about characterization and the imagination, and do some major writing in the afternoon based on that, along with critique, etc. With plenty of time for their questions. But they'll wind up doing about three hours of pure writing at the very least.

Jeff
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Kate Eltham
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 07:28 am:   

Er...when do we get to do the bit where we stare out the window, slack-jawed, pen poised above the paper?

Kate.
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minz
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 08:17 am:   

Feed 'er to the FUNGI, oh Great Master!

And while I'm at it, I think Ambergris has some very deep "regional distinctiveness"
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 08:32 am:   

LOL! Kate--it's all voluntary. LOL. There will be no squid guardians enforcing anything.

JeffV
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 08:36 am:   

I'm best with what I call "renovations" in workshops. I'm sure some of the students will have encountered some of what we do before, but not in these particular combinations. Should be fun, actually. Lots of laughs over some of this stuff, usually.

JeffV
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 08:36 am:   

Minz--funny you should say that, since I just found some old lecture notes about Ambergris and Florida that will work nicely.
JV
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 12:42 pm:   

Sounds jam-packed and worth every penny.
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JV
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 06:04 am:   

Well, it is nicely paced, though, so it's not tiring. I also like to make use of the artificial environment that is a workshop by having participants team up.

Meanwhile, the rest of the schedule is filling up fast, with a couple of radio interviews and a couple of newspaper interviews, etc.

Looks like two days of the Cairns trip, two days in Brisbane, and two days in Sydney will be vacation, with the rest mostly work. For me! Ann will have a little more time to sightsee, although she's been wonderful about helping me prep.

JeffV
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Kate Eltham
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 07:06 am:   

LOL - I'm sure the class is going to be heaps of fun.

Cairns is very tropical (a lot like Florida I imagine) so wear your sunscreen. See a bit of the Great Barrier Reef if you get time - it probably won't be there in thirty years.

K.

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Kate Eltham
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 07:09 am:   

Actually, come to think of it Cairns is a LOT like Florida - humid, prone to cyclones (hurricanes) with giant, prehistoric reptiles (ie. crocs) They all manage to cast an eletrion vote without any difficulties, so there's that, I guess. ;)

K.

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JV
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 08:01 am:   

Excellent! Except your reptiles are ferocious, and ours are like scaly basset hounds. You can even leap over them and they do nothing.

Arggh--don't say that about the reef! Although I suspect you're right. But we will go see it.

JeffV
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JV
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 08:02 am:   

Yes--it's true. Here in Florida, we cannot vote. Or is that "should not". :-(

JeffV
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JV
Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2005 - 05:59 pm:   

(1) Seen giant fruit bats
(2) Snorkeled barrier reef
(3) Survived koala
(4) Eaten kangaroo
(5) Eaten croc
(6) Eaten emu
(7) Am not sick
(8) Heading up to Port Douglas today.


Ta!

Jeffrog
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Robert
Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2005 - 06:12 pm:   

I didn't get to do 2, 6 or 8. I didn't have much luck finding emu meat, but the thing I'm most disappointed about not eating was witchetty grubs. I kept looking, but had no luck.

Enjoy the rest of the trip.
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ben peek
Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2005 - 07:49 pm:   

eat more of the national creatures!
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minz
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 06:47 am:   

Only the Kookaburra, Wombat & Ring-tailed Possum left. (Unless you fancy parrot, boxjellyfish, &/or the Ulysses butterfly.)

Actually, if you fancy shellfish, be sure to try the Moreton Bay Bug. Mmmm. Looks like a cross between lobster & horseshoe crab. They're big, sweet & tasty
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Robert
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 06:59 am:   

I went to a place in New Zealand that served possum pie, but I couldn't bring myself to try it.

There was a thylacine recipe in the Decadent Cookbook. Little chance of trying it though.
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Ben Payne
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 07:59 pm:   

"eat more of the national creatures!"


Amen! Especially emus! The less of them walking around trying to peck me in the face the better...

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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 08:51 pm:   

I ate emu pizza when I was in Sydney in the mid-nineties. And Justine's dad marinated kangaroo for a day and we ate that.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 10:18 pm:   

Or the Balmain Bug. Much better by that name. It's still a trilobite though and it eats garbage.
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Trent Jamieson
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 12:21 am:   

I've eaten a lot of flies. In fact I swallowed one the other day, bleah. You haven't really been to Australia until you've swallowed a fly or two.
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:-)
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 08:40 am:   

I don't know why he swallowed a fly...
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 09:47 am:   

Jay, don't all crustacians eat garbage? I still love crawfish, lobster, shrimp, and crab, no matter what they eat :-)
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AT
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 02:57 pm:   

Some of my best friends eat garbage. But not all crustaceans do. Cleaner shrimp, for instance; and arrow crabs "notorious for pulling feather duster worms out of their tubes with their long claws."

You haven't really been to Australia until you've swallowed a fly or two. Or you have to blow them out of your nose!
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 03:41 pm:   

minz: kookaburra, mate, is tasteeee ;)

you should also find a dam and go yabbi fishing. you ain't had the proper rural australian experience if you haven't baited traps in some dam and caught yabbis. (or however they're spelt.) then boiled them alive.

you know, crocodile always sounds good, but it's really very tasteless, i find.
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 03:56 am:   

I found koala chewy--and not at all cute.

Have now:

(1) Seen the Daintree Rainforest
(2) Gone to Mossman Gorge
(3) Conducted a grueling but fun masterclass
(4) Had dinner with the US consulate and Nick Earls (turns out the US Embassy is funding part of my trip--?!?!?!)
(5) Gotten to Brisbane and added about 20 birds to my Australia bird watching list. Man, those ibises are garbage freaks. South Bank is great.
(6) Been interviewed on ABC radio about "going tropo"
Tomorrow: the launch of the Devil in Brisbane.

Cheers,

Jeff
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Minz
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 06:09 am:   

Oh man, as a birdwatcher, you gotta head up into the Blue Mountains for a day trip outta Sydney--lots and lots o' parrots, probably some kookaburra. Good stuff.

Best way to have croc is with a nice spicy Cajun Barbq sauce. mmmmBOY, that be vundermuss.
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JV
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 06:24 am:   

Lovely. Jason W--any chance you could get rid of that?

JeffV
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Ben Payne
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 08:19 pm:   

Hey Jeff, was cool to meet you. Hope the Maximo Park gig was good.

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JV
Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 08:06 am:   

Hey, Ben. Cool to meet you, too. Maximo Park was great.
Jeff
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Mike Martin
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 03:13 am:   

Hi Jeff, was wondering if you'd had a chance to read over any of my pre-master work class yet?
Cheers, Mike.
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JV
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 06:23 am:   

Just got back. Will be working on it over the weekend. No worries.

JV
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Mike Martin
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 04:41 am:   

Great. Was sweating a bit. Hoped you hadn't forgot. It was very nice to meet you. Hope you and Ann have a good trip home.
Kind Regards, Mike.
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JV
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2005 - 08:03 pm:   

Mike:

Nice to meet you, too. Still jetlagged, but will finish off your critique this weekend.

Jeff

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