Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Scenes from the Second Storey = Two Line-ups!

A project I have had in mind for a few years was to write a collection of short stories that would pay homage to one of the greatest albums of all time Scenes from the Second Storey by The God Machine.

The idea was that I would write 13 short stories to correspond with the 13 tracks on the album, each story inspired by the track of the same name.

This year that dream changed, as I realised what would be really interesting was to see what the stories would look like if others wrote their inspiration instead - namely writers that I respected.

And so the Scenes from the Second Storey project was born. I sat down and began jotting down names only to quickly realise I had too many for the book. As I realised that more than half of the list contained Australian writers, I decided to have two books: one Australian and one 'international' basically writers who are not Australian).

I sent out my e-mails and got 25 acceptances and one rejection. I then sent another mail, was accepted for that and so begins this roller coaster of a project!

Morrigan Books will release both these books 13th November 2009 (my birthday) but of course there will be much more news before that!

Here's the line-up:

Title Australian Author International Author
Dream Machine David Conyers Miles Deacon
She Said Kirstyn McDermott Skadi meic Beorh
The Blind Man David Witteveen Carole Jonhstone
I've Seen The Man Paul Haines Gary McMahon
The Desert Song Andrew McKiernan Adrienne Jones
Home Shane Jiraiya Cummings Shannon Page
It's All Over Deborah Biancotti Paul Kane
Temptation Trent Jamieson Pete Kempshall
Out Ben Payne Lynne Jamneck
Ego Robert Hood Gerard Brennan
Seven Stephanie Campisi Ronald Damien Malfi
Purity Kaaron Warren Tammy Moore
The Piano Song Cat Sparks Ian Whates

2 comments:

Lynne Jamneck said...

Oh! You're doing an Oz and International version? Fantastic. My, this will be good...

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