I gave up painting, I gave up art, I gave up believing, I gave up faith. I had what I called my emotional suicide, I gave up a lot of friendships with people, I just gave up believing in life really, and it’s taken me years to actually start loving and believing again. I realized that there was a greater idea of creativity. Greater than anything I could make just with my mind or with my hands. I realized there was something … the essence of creativity, that moment of conception, the whole importance, the whole being of everything and I realized that if I was going to make art it couldn’t be about … it couldn’t be about a fucking picture. It couldn’t be about something visual. It had to be about where it was really coming from.
Spring has brought a mix of swells after a winter that featured a looooong run of swell from the extreme south. The banks are good. And yesterday was one of those rare days when we all surfed ourselves sick. The sky is a sun-smacked blue. Every blade of grass seems sharply alive. My friend went spearfishing and had a run-in with a bull shark and then smashed herself on the rocks trying to get away. I was too calm and then too emotional when she told me because I was glad I don’t have to miss her and I know you can lose people to risk very easily. Also, there’s no point not letting people know they mean something to you. Do it immediately! On the spot! I try to. I am also trying to avoid buying things wrapped in plastic, which seems next to impossible. I am working on a lot of things at once at the moment, but more on that at the end of the month. I hope you are happy-good XO
Hello! The US cover for SUMMER SKIN has been out in the world for a little while now, but I am not known for my punctuality, so I am revealing it here and now!
(Quick word from our sponsor – that is, me – SUMMER SKIN is published in the US and Canada on 29 May, by Feiwel & Friends.)
If you are thinking that it looks suspiciously like the Australian cover then you score 5 points. Here is the Australian cover for comparison:
I am so happy that they’ve kept things similar! I don’t think I could imagine Summer Skin with any other cover, and it was the original cover that was responsible for turning me into a fan of the colour pink. By the way, if you are still playing, you score 10 points per difference spotted, with a maximum possible of 220 points. No, I’m messing with you. There are nothing like 22 differences.
The other thing to note is that Fierce Reads will be doing a GIVEAWAY of 15 advanced reading copies of SUMMER SKIN on Goodreads very shortly. I will be back to remind you when it’s started (I imagine it’s only for residents in the US and Canada, though).
Guys, I am doing a panel as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival All-Day YA program. Big thanks to SWF and also the Stella Schools program for giving me the opportunity. I’m especially thrilled about this because I love my co-panellists: Randa Abdel-Fattah, Alice Pung and Bec Kavanagh.
The Personal is Political
With: Randa Abdel-Fattah, Alice Pung and Bec Kavanagh
The lack of political voice leads to disempowerment, disengagement and disadvantage. In this panel, authors Kirsty Eagar, Randa Abdel-Fattah and Alice Pung offer personal testimony on the politics that affect them. Their testimonies are followed by a panel discussion on the ways marginalised voices are silenced, hosted by Bec Kavanagh. These women are sure to challenge the way we think.
Presented with the Stella Schools Program.
Supported by the City of Parramatta.
Sat 5 May, 1.30PM – Riverside Theatre, Parramatta
Hello! I am launching Erin Gough’s HOTLY ANTICIPATED second novel, Amelia Westlake. Erin is a 24-carat-gold person: super thoughtful, super smart, super writer. I can’t wait to do this event. And it goes without saying that if you’re going to be in Sydney town on Wednesday the 11th of April, we’d love you to join us.
More details, and RSVP here
Coming in April 2018 from Ampersand Prize-winning author, Erin Gough, Amelia Westlake is a ferociously funny romantic comedy about power, politics and an epic private-school hoax that brings two very different girls together.
Harriet Price is the perfect Rosemead Grammar student, and Will Everhart is a social-justice warrior with a chip on her shoulder. When a worrying incident with their swimming coach goes unnoticed, the unlikely duo embark on a grand feminist hoax to expose him.
Dazzling and triumphant, Amelia Westlake is the second novel from the award-winning author of The Flywheel, and a timely call to arms for every young woman who’s been faced with inappropriate comments or harassment from an authority figure.
Hello! I’m going to be hosting two writing workshops for teens at the Sydney branch of The Faber Academy in the July school holidays. Faber have been fantastic in trying to keep the cost down while delivering MAXIMUM value for participants. Teens can do one workshop, or the other, or both. Each workshop offers a different approach to story and writing, so there’s no crossover. These are workshops that would suit teens who love to read and write, obviously, but teens who don’t think they can write will enjoy them too. That’s very important to me – I love people being surprised by their own creative ability. It has to be doable, and they have to come away feeling empowered.
Okay, I’ve popped a pic of the details in below, but please visit The Faber Academy’s website for more info.
Hey guys, just a quick heads up! I am on the Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Secondary Schools Program this year. I am thrilled about doing this, and extra thrilled by my co-presenters: Jesse Andrews, Alison Croggan and Patrick Ness. I know, right?!
For more information, please visit Sydney Writers Festival.