Whispers

Well, I wrote up this post and promptly forgot about it, still!

Had a great week last week watched Jason Nahrung (with the help of the wonderful Kim Wilkins) launch his novella Salvage – it’s a great book. And I read something new in front of an audience at the State Library Cafe thanks to the QWC and their Whispers Salon.

Whispers was great, lots of wonderful readings from Kate Cantrell, Robert Cook, Meg Vann and Kathleen Noud. Every story left me wishing they could read for another ten minutes at least.

And I got a chance to test out the new WiP The House in Arbitrary. Thanks to the State Library Cafe for the lovely venue, and Aimee and the QWC for organising this event. You rarely (well, I rarely) get a chance to read aloud, let alone headline something so I felt just a bit special.

I love reading my work aloud, and I only discovered this as a result of the QWC, way back around 2004 (ish). Every reading you learn something new. The chance to read has also made me braver, I like to throw myself into a reading. Reading is performance, a chance to show the different edges and rhythms of the work (if you can remember that through the roaring of terror in your ears) you have an opportunity to give the audience something different. They’re your words, read them with conviction, read them sly, read them so people want to know what happens next. It’s a rare thing a reading, if you get a chance to do one leap at it.

In that instant feedback between you and the audience you’ll learn so much, an audience is a gift. You have people wanting to listen, give them your best.

Thanks again to the QWC for the gift they’re giving writers: the scary white-knuckle wonderful gift.

 

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4 Responses to Whispers

  1. And a reading can sell a book too. Dropped $25 on Michael Crummey’s book Galore after hearing him talk and read.

  2. Robert Cook says:

    I heartily & with gusto second every word of that, Trent (well, except the bit about me being the author of ‘Coma’ and/or a British ex-politician

  3. Trent says:

    Ha! Fixed, though wouldn’t it be nice if you were?

  4. Trent says:

    Absolutely! I’ve done that many a time after a good reading.

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