Octopuses, oilslicks and earthquakes
The last six or eight months have been all about writing. A few recent highlights from 2012:
Awarded to the writer/s ‘whose work has been deemed most original and influential.’ The award includes a week-long residency, manuscript appraisal and mentoring.
EAR TO THE GROUND
A long essay looking at the Christchurch earthquakes and their aftermath. What happens when a series of radical events strike a conservative place?
SUNDAY STAR TIMES
‘Slick’, The Big Issue, Annual Fiction Edition , October 2011.
Short fiction about an oil slick, the world’s most ambitious advertising campaign and the Second Coming. Check out an extract published on Arts Hub.
‘Octopus’, Griffith Review, Annual Fiction Edition 34, December 2011
“Probably my favourite of the whole collection, Nicolas Low’s ‘Octopus’ , is set in New Zealand and cleverly combines Maori culture with fears of terrorism, fears of the outsider, and fears of an ancient, apocalyptic understanding.” – Bookseller + Publisher Magazine
“… a pleasingly diverse collection. Where Williams, Morgan and others use traditional narrative forms, others do not. Nicolas Low moves to more experimental registers in Octopus … Indeed, there is not a flat note in this collection. It shows us Australian contemporary fiction is in fine fettle.” – Weekend Australian
An interview about the genesis of ‘Octopus’: http://griffithreview.com/insight-in-the-mind-of-the-writer/interview-with-nicolas-low-author-of-octopus
‘Punkasila Indonesia’, Art Monthly, issue 244, October 2011
Art, punk and politics contemporary Indonesia.
SEOUL CITY ROLLING
‘Balloon and Hyung-seok and Bo Yeon and Seoul city rolling’, Cordite Poetry Review, issue 35:2, August 2011.
Reportage about a three-day, three-night tour of the underbelly of Seoul: red light districts, abandoned industrial precincts, Mongolian worker districts and the Gate of Corpses; and the resulting collaboration between Australian writers and Korean architects and designers.