Breaking Beauty Book Launch

BOOK LAUNCH INVITATION

MidnightSun Publishing

presents

Breaking Beauty

a short story collection by twenty-seven brilliant writers

Katherine Arguile Lesley Beasley Gillian Britton Rebekah Clarkson Jessica Clements Katherine Doube Annabel Evitts Ruby Ewens Matthew Gabriel Corrie Hosking Rosemary Jackson Melanie Kinsman Stefan Laszczuk Jo Lennan Gay Lynch Mary Lynn Mather Amy T. Matthews Rachael Mead Lilliana Rose Bernadette Smith Anna Solding Reg Taylor Heather Taylor  Johnson Lynette Washington Bryan Whalen Sean Williams Kimberley Zeneth

Edited by Lynette Washington

Esteemed author Sharon Kernot will launch Breaking Beauty at The SA Writers’ Centre, Second Floor, 187 Rundle St, Adelaide Friday 7 November 2014, 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Please join us for a beautiful celebration of stories.

Please RSVP to Anna Solding 0400 047 426 or anna@midnightsunpublishing.com by Wed 5 November
for catering purposes

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Breaking Beauty – the cover

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Here it is!

What do you think? I love it and I hope you do too.

I think it’s striking. And memorable. We wanted something that would jump off the bookshop shelf and straight into your hands as you thought to yourself, “Oh yeah, I really need to read that book!”

Kim Lock is the talented designer who fulfilled our vague and erratic design briefs over and over again, until we were all happy with the cover. Check her website out – she’s also a superb writer and the author of Peace, Love and Khaki Socks.

I’m also thrilled to announce that Professor Brian Castro has written a stunning Introduction for the collection. My mind was blown when I read it. It’s pretty special.

Join us for the launch of Breaking Beauty 6:30pm, Friday 7th November at the South Australian Writers Centre.

Lynette

 

 

 

 

 

Announcing: Breaking Beauty

It’s been a while since I posted about the beauty anthology. I have been busily working with the writers to get the manuscript polished and shipshape.  And it’s looking pretty amazing. Just as I had hoped, the writers took the theme of ‘beauty’ and cracked it open, looking at the underside of the idea and the fact that beauty cannot exist without it’s companion and alter ego – ugliness.

And so from that came the name of the anthology: Breaking Beauty. It seemed to fit.

The stories we have collected together in Breaking Beauty are remarkable. Diverse. Beautiful. Frightening. Illuminating. Funny. Heartbreaking. Sweet.

And now, finally, I can announce the names of the writers who have made this collection such a good read:

Katherine Arguile
Lesley Beasley
Gillian Britton
Rebekah Clarkson
Jessica Clements
Katherine Doube
Annabel Evitts
Ruby Ewens
Matthew Gabriel
Corrie Hosking
Rosemary Jackson
Melanie Kinsman
Stefan Laszczuk
Jo Lennan
Gay Lynch
Mary Lynn Mather
Amy T. Matthews
Rachael Mead
Lilliana Rose
Bernadette Smith
Anna Solding
Reg Taylor
Lynette Washington
Bryan Whalen
Sean Williams
Kimberley Zeneth

28 stories in all, every one of them a gem. (Bryan Whalen’s work shook me up so much I had to include two of his stories).

Now, exciting news! We will be launching Breaking Beauty at 6:30pm Friday 7th November at the South Australian Writers Centre. We hope to see you there.

Stay tuned…we have a stunning cover being designed – I can’t wait to show it to you soon!

Lynette

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Anthology Update

Thank you so much to all the wonderful writers who took the time to submit their work to the anthology. We have a large number of stories to read and consider from an enviable list of talented writers, both emerging and established. It’s going to be an exciting, humbling and difficult process to make editorial decisions.  But that is the task ahead and it shall be done!

I hope to get back to everyone with outcomes by the end of April. If you don’t hear from me by then, it just means the process has taken longer than I had expected. I will post updates on this blog rather than flood your inboxes with minute by minute updates. But as soon as decisions have been made, everyone who submitted will be individually emailed.

(For those writers who negotiated extended deadlines, I look forward to seeing your work soon!)

Tally ho!

 

 

Beauty Anthology – DEADLINE EXTENDED! Plus more news…

Hi Beautiful Writerly People

Firstly, thank you to those of you who have already submitted to the anthology. It’s exciting to see so many talented writers submitting, and getting in early.

Deadline

To those who would like to submit but are struggling with the deadline (I know there are more than a few of you!), you will be pleased to know that the deadline has been extended.

New deadline:  Friday 4th April

Word count – 3000 words is a guideline

Several writers have asked me whether they can submit longer pieces. The answer is yes, you can. Within reason. We want this anthology to be a collection of the best writers from the PhD and Masters programs, and we won’t be finicky about the word count. 3000 is a guideline. If you have a stunning piece of writing that fits the theme and it goes over 3000 words, please send it in anyway. We will consider it within the context of the other submissions.

All other submission details are the same, please refer to the Beauty Anthology page on this blog for further info.

Planning and plotting and publicising…

Anna Solding and I are working away in the background, trying to give this collection the biggest, most beautiful life we possibly can. We are applying for grants and submitting proposals to writing festivals for our writers to appear on panels. We are plotting and planning publicity angles and doing everything we can to get your writing the exposure it deserves. We have high hopes and big plans. As news unfolds, we will announce it in the blog, so stay tuned for exciting developments.

What is your story about?

Finally, a note on the stories…

I’d really love to see submissions that are concerned with non-physical beauty. Please think broadly about the idea of beauty – look beyond physical interpretations of the idea.

I look forward to reading your stories!

Lynette

Beauty, Awe and Jason Silva

Jason Silva’s mind works in overdrive. Does he even stop to breathe between sentences – or paragraphs – like a normal human being? I’m not sure.

What I am sure of is that, when I slow down his words and have enough time to think them through, it seems to me there is some genius in them.

See for yourself.

http://www.upworthy.com/how-do-you-define-beauty-because-this-definition-is-pretty-hard-to-beat-2

“Beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.”

When You Are Old

This is one of my favourite poems, with obvious connections to the theme of ‘beauty’. I’ve been told it’s terribly sad, and I suppose it is. But to me it’s more of a recognition of the impermanence of all things – love, beauty, life – and that is not sad, it’s just real.

I hope you enjoy it.

When You Are Old

by William Butler Yeats

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,

And nodding by the fire, take down this book,

And slowly read, and dream of the soft look

Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

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How many loved your moments of glad grace,

And loved your beauty with love false or true,

But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,

And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

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And bending down beside the glowing bars,

Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled

And paced upon the mountains overhead

And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.