The successful Theatre People website has been a part of Victoria’s theatrical community for eleven years, and now they’re expanding to the national level. I’m proud to have been selected as the editor of Western Australia’s branch of Theatre People, and I’m looking forward to August when the website relaunches nationally.

I know there are plenty of theatre-y people kicking around WA, so if any of them would like to get involved with Theatre People, my email is kaitlyn at theatrepeople dot com dot au. I’ll need feature writers, reviewers, and people with their fingers on the pulse of Perth’s theatre community.

Read Theatre People’s official announcement!

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NYWM and I got a mention in the writingWA news! Have a read:

Perth performance poet Kaitlyn Plyley knows how to connect with her generation, which is exactly what she’ll be doing as recently appointed Western Australian Ambassador for National Young Writer’s Month, a new project by Express Media with the support of the Australian Government Youth Development and Support Program.
After writing and performing poetry all over Perth, Plyley won her way to the Australian Poetry Slam 2010 national final with a rap about bogans. She is an enthusiastic blogger and short story writer, although as a member of Gen-Y, she only writes her stories 140 characters at a time. READ MORE

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This Friday afternoon I’ll be holding the Perth edition of the NYWM Young Writers’ Workshop – 5pm at the Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers’ Centre.

After the success of the Bunbury workshop, I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Perth’s young writers can bring to the table.

It will run for one hour, and we’ll talk about writing, getting started, and ideas for NYWM writing projects.

I’m also pleased to announce that we’ll have a special guest – Sj Finch, editor of dotdotdash and published author.

WHERE: The KSP Writers Centre, 11 Old York Road, Greenmount WA

WHEN: 5pm-6pm Fri 27 May

WHAT: Bring pen and paper, and be ready to write!

WHO: You, silly.

Although the workshop is free, you will need to reserve a spot if you wish to attend. CLICK HERE to let me know you want to attend.

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This Monday I’ll be running a Young Writers’ Workshop in Bunno. It’s a part of NYWM, getting young writers some inspiration for their personal writing projects. AND it will feature a special guest (woooo)!

WHAT: Young Writers’ Workshop BUNBURY

WHERE: The Bunbury City Library’s Activity Room (on Parkfield St)

WHEN: 5pm-6pm Monday 16 May

HOW MUCH: Nada! It’s free – all you have to do is reserve a spot.

The workshop runs for one hour, and it’s totally free, so I urge all writers under 25 to reserve their spot! Just flick me an email with the subject line “Bunbury workshop info”.

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Pelican book review: “The Kid on the Karaoke Stage”, May 2011

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This review was published in the Books section of Pelican magazine’s latest edition (Ed 3, Vol 82). Find Pelican at all good street press outlets, or read it online.

The Kid on the Karaoke Stage & Other Stories

Edited by Georgia Richter

Fremantle Press

The Kid on the Karaoke Stage & Other Stories is an anthology of short stories from new and emerging Western Australian writers (including the 2009 ‘Best Young Novelist of the Year’ Alice Nelson, and several luminaries from Perth literary/arts journal dotdotdash).

This is one of the best books I’ve read – of any genre – and that’s coming from someone who normally avoids short story collections. I had the idea in my head that such books were the refuge of experimental literary tossers; what an articulate friend termed ‘art-fuckery’. But not anymore.

Each story in this collection has at its heart a life-changing moment, and they’re not always the obvious moments. Some are fiction, and some are creative non-fiction, but every single one resonates like an epiphany. They’re quirky, often hilarious, and always compelling; this reviewer was moved to tears quite a few times.

Although written in nearly thirty different voices, the collection is arranged so coherently that each story flows naturally into the next. One story ends with a Korean woman escaping her war, and the next story begins with a young Australian soldier returning home from Kabul. The landscapes and the voices change, but the sentiment follows through.

I’m not going to say ‘go out and buy this book because you’d be supporting Western Australian literature’ (although that’s a fair reason to do so). Go out and buy this book because it is exquisitely beautiful.

(Oh, and this may or may not influence you, but there’s not a trace of Tim Winton in this book.)

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Kaitlyn Plyley