It’s a week into March and Melbourne is still pulling sweat from our pores, and I’m living out of a backpack between couches up and down Lygon Street, but things are moving and there’s change in the air. I can feel it.
Bronte, Maggie, and I have been living in Melbourne for some time now so perhaps it’s time to talk about Stilts, this little project that started on a hungover Sunday and keeps growing and changing all the time.
Stilts emerged as a bi-annual, themed journal of Brisbane writing in a time when literary journals and publishing opportunities for young writers were few and far between in the river city.
During the past couple of years we released three journals. We hosted events and ran workshops in Brisbane, Newcastle, and Melbourne. We started a book club. We published a zine. We collaborated with Yarn to deliver Brisbane’s premier storytelling night. And we launched a new website from which we run projects including writers’ residencies and chain letters.
Through all this we’ve been lucky enough to house the work of writers we love, including Cory Taylor, Chris Somerville, John Birmingham, Michelle Law, Oliver Mol, Michelle Dicinoski, Sam Maguire, Josephine Rowe, Krissy Kneen, Graham Nunn, Rebecca Jessen, and many more.
In 2013 we’ll be opening submissions to writers across the country. We’ll continue to do new things, and work with writers who make us excited, and present stories across different platforms.
Brisbane will always occupy a special place in our hearts, but our little beast is growing.