Published 11 October 201011 October 2010 · Main Posts Beginnings – a literary event Trish Bolton Where does a writer begin writing their novel? Is the first sentence they put on the page the first sentence the reader will read? Where do novels come from? And what does first inspiration look like? In Westgarth Books first emerging writers’ event, Steven Amsterdam, Chris Womersley, Matt Hooper and Maryrose Cuskelly will join Sydney Smith to discuss ‘Beginnings’. Steven, Chris, Maryrose and Matt will read from their novels and you will be able to ask questions as well as talk about your own experiences in beginning a novel. Authors will also be available for book signings. So come along and meet some of Australia’s most exciting new authors and network with other emerging writers while enjoying cheese and wine and the charm and character of Westgarth Book. When: Friday 15 October at 6:30pm Where: 77 High Street, Northcote Cost: Free, but bookings essential RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9482 7117 by Wednesday 13 October Wine by the glass will be available for purchase, with cheese and biscuits on the house. Bios Steven Amsterdam was born in New York and educated at the University of Chicago and University of Melbourne. His writing has appeared in Five Chapters, Heat, Overland, Meanjin, The Sleepers Almanac and Torpedo. His first book, Things We Didn’t See Coming, was named The Age 2009 Book of the Year, has been nominated for the Guardian First Book Award and will be on the VCE list in 2011. Maryrose Cuskelly is the author of Original Skin: Exploring the remarkable human hide recently published by Scribe. She has had essays and articles published in a range of magazines, journals and newspapers. In 2006 she co-wrote, with Nic Frances, the winning proposal for the Iremonger Award for writing on public issues and the ensuing book The End of Charity, published by Allen & Unwin in 2008. She is currently writing her first novel, with the working title, Quench. Matt Hooper is a writer and a painter, currently finishing a masters degree in creative writing at RMIT. His novel manuscript, My Father’s Notebook, was short-listed in the 2008 Overland novel prize. Sydney Smith is the founder and co-ordinator of the Victorian Mentoring Service for Writers and was a manuscript assessor for ten years. Chris Womersley is a Melbourne-based author. He won the 2007 Josephine Ulrick Prize for Literature with his short story ‘The Possibility of Water’ and the 2008 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction for his first novel The Low Road (Scribe). His second novel Bereft (Scribe) is available now. Trish Bolton Trish Bolton’s unpublished novel, Stuck, was the recipient of a 2018 Varuna PIP Fellowship and a 2015 Varuna Residential Fellowship. In 2017, Stuck was longlisted for the Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition (UK) and Flash 500 Novel Competition (UK), and in 2016, was the joint-winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Unpublished Manuscript Award. Her novel, Whenever You're Ready, will be published by Allen&Unwin in 2024. More by Trish Bolton › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202311 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 On the final day of Subscriberthon, Overland’s most important members get to have their say Editorial Team BORIS A quick guide to another year of Overland, from your trusty feline, Boris. I liked the ginger cat story, though it made my human cry. I liked the talking cat, too, but I’m definitely in the “not wasting my time learning to talk” camp. But reading is good. And writing is fun, though it’s been challenging […] 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 9 November 20239 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, Overland’s co-chief editor Evelyn Araluen speaks truth to power Editorial Team To my friends and comrades, I’m not sure if there’s language to communicate how this last month has utterly changed me. This time a few weeks ago the busyness and chaos of bricolage arts and academic labour had so efficiently distracted me from my anxiety about the upcoming referendum that I forgot to prepare myself for its inevitable conclusion.