New voices in Australian literature: A weekend with the writers of Hardcopy

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Words by Bec Fleming, ACTWC Blogger in Residence

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It’s Saturday lunchtime, I’m sitting on the grass at Gorman House in a large circle of people I have only just met but feel a strong connection to. Lapping up the spring sunshine and listening to the lively conversation, I am truly content. I’m deeply absorbed in a discussion about the future of reading and writing which had started in the session before and is spilling into lunch. The group is talking, with much passion, about how writers preserve their reading and writing time in a digital world. In a world with Youtube, Facebook and Twitter calling constantly, not just for social reasons but as an increasingly expected part of the publishing process, when do writers read? We don’t resolve this tricky question in our lunch break, but it is one of many challenging questions provoked by an extraordinary series of lectures…

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