Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Now, here's news of an exciting project you may well be interested in. (But look how tight the deadline is!)

Incommunicado - a one-off publication as part of the Next Wave Festival's 2006 'Empire Games'

Incommunicado will be a collection of writing from around the Commonwealth in a foldable book / world map format - read it, then stick it on your wall. Focussing on the theme of miscommunication, Incommunicado will bring together political and personal stories. It will be published in English, but written in distinctive local voices, with a glossary explaining uncommon words and phrases. Incommunicado will be a glimpse of life all over the Commonwealth, beyond newspaper headlines and medal tallies. It's going to be a visually stunning, deliciously awkward, collectable literary treat.

Incommunicado will be published in March 2006, in Australia, as part of 'Empire Games' - the theme of the Youth Program of the Cultural Festival of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, presented by Next Wave.

If you are a Commonwealth citizen and are 30 years old or under, this is an amazing opportunity for your writing to be published in the context of a high-profile international event. If your work is selected for publication, you will be paid A$50 for your efforts.

Tell me more about this Incommunicado theme ...

Misunderstanding is the basis of much comedy, and much tragedy. Incommunicado will bring together very short (250 word or 500 word) stories, poems, anecdotes and reflections from across the Commonwealth about people trying - and often failing - to communicate. Lost tourists unable to ask for directions; parents who can't understand their children's slang; workers forced to sign contracts they don't understand . We want to hear about communication breakdowns that break hearts, make fortunes, start wars, and everything in between. These stories will be as factual or fantastic, as epic or microscopic, as you make them.

Incommunicado submission deadline: 30 November 2005

For more information about submitting to Incommunicado, go to www.expressmedia.org.au

For more information about the Next Wave Festival's 2006 'Empire Games', go to http://www.nextwave.org.au

... Feel free to pass this information on to anyone and everyone who might be eligible.


Romy Ash and Tom Doig


Anonymous said...

Age discrimination ! do they think anyone over 30 can't write ? blah. :P

Anisah said...
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Anisah said...

Anon, it's not age discrimination. People under 30 in many Commonwealth countries would have lacked the string of pearls to show off, as well as probably lacked the strings to pull, in order to get published, especially if it touches on one of the themes allowed in Incommunicado, politics. Is this tit-for-tat age discrimination? I doubt it. It's good that young people are given such opportunities.

Another food for thought. Toddlers are allowed birthday suits, even in public, regardless of whether they are or aren't celebrating their birthdays. Adults aren't allowed the same privilege, not even on the crucial (to some) 18th or 21st. Age discrimination! :)

bibliobibuli said...

People under thirty are considered more hip and happening, perhaps? (I'm so over the hill I'm into hip replacement territory!)

Or maybe the bookmap is aimed at a young crowd which will realte best to young writers.

Anisah - your birthday suit example is a beaut!

lil ms d said...

sharon quick q: can writers that register with the asia pacific network of writers upload their fiction on the site? there's a lot of short stories etc but there is no function to do so. unless i really am dek when it comes to tech!

Anonymous said...

"Toddlers are allowed birthday suits, even in public, regardless of whether they are or aren't celebrating their birthdays."

Ew.. I don't think naked toddlers are acceptable (or accepted) here.. do you see a lot of naked toddlers in the UK ?

Anisah said...
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Anisah said...

Anon, I think there're naked toddlers everywhere. Over the last summer, one example came to my mind. Toddlers and young children were prancing up and down the water fountains, shouting with glee, playing catch-me-if-you-can, clad only in napkins to prevent toilet accidents in public places. The scene was Sommerset House, opposite BBC World Service on the Strand, a very public place indeed. Of course, toddlers don't go about their birthday suits during winter, their parents would be dragged to Parents' Education Class by their local authorities on threat of removal of custody of their child.

In Malaysia, changing nappies in the middle of the living room is not a taboo. If the living room is not considered a rather public location, perhaps an adult might want to change their underwear there the next time friends come over for tea and cucur or pisang goreng.

I still remember young children jumping into pools or big monsoon drains, when they were still clean, for a swim. Have Malaysian society become more covered up, getting more stitched up in the process whilst I am away?

Anonymous said...

Well I don't know. I DO remember parents undressing kids on the side of the road (mainly for peeing or changing) and stuff like that. But I don't see that now. Depending on how long you've been away, things either haven't changed much or you're going to wonder if you just arrived in the wrong country :) I have not ever seen someone changing a nappy in a living room, and I hope not to see one in my lifetime :)

I also used to see parents changing kids in and out of swimsuits beside a public pool, but I haven't been swimming in ages.