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Editing anthologies – Bjelke Blues

EdsQ member meeting March 2020

Editing anthologies: The making of Bjelke Blues. Stories of Repression and Resistance in Joh Bjelke-Petersen's Queensland 1968–1987 (AndAlso Books 2019)
with commissioning and contributing editor Edwina Shaw

Date: Wednesday 4 March 2020
Time: 6:30pm (nibbles and drinks from 6:00pm)
Venue: New Farm Library meeting hall (building to the left of main library), 135 Sydney St, New Farm.
Cost: Members & affiliate members (QWC/AUSIT) $12, Non-members $17

Bookings close: 12pm Wednesday 4 March 2020



About the presenter
Edwina Shaw is a Brisbane writer of fiction, memoir and screenplays. Her novel, Thrill Seekers, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Award for New Writing. Since 2002, her short pieces have appeared in literary journals, including Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review and Asia Literary Review. Her screenplay M was awarded Screen Queensland funding and is currently under development. She is the editor of Bjelke Blues (AndAlso Books 2019) and teaches creative writing, both at the University of QLD and in the community. Edwina also runs Relax and Write Retreats for women, combining yoga and writing.

About the event
A 'passion project' for commissioning and contributing editor Edwina, Bjelke Blues is a collection of 45 powerful stories, articles, and memoirs by people who 'survived and even thrived in Queensland during the repressive Bjelke-Petersen era'. Contributors included writers such as Matthew Condon OAM, Melissa Lucashenko and Nick Earls, and also non-writers. 'Once word got out', says Edwina, 'the book exploded from what I thought would be a manageable collection of fifteen or so, to a comprehensive exploration of the era'. So how do you turn over 200 submissions from a diversity of people into one book?
Join Edwina for a stimulating discussion about the wild ride that was the making of Bjelke Blues -including how she sourced the stories and shaped the collection.