Friday, March 9, 2012

Week 1 Newsletter

Greetings Symposiasts!

Market Day was a blast! Not only did we sell dozens of cup cakes and icy cups and berry tarts but we got over 40 members this year!

It was so lovely to see so many new faces at our first meeting last week, with the theme of holidays. We’re going to be running a getting to know you section starting from next newsletter where we’ll ask each of our members some questions about themselves.

On that note, please send in your reviews—books, poems, movies, restaurants, if you hate it or love it or something in-between let me know!

Calendar & News
The theme for this week is nature, a theme we’ve seen a lot of that never fails to impress. Next week the theme is dance, and the week after that—on the 23rd of March—we have our first poetry slam (free entry for members, gold coin for non-members)!

We would love to see all of you perform to make this night the best it can be! Even if you’d just like to come along to watch and support, you’re more than welcome.

I’ll be setting up a blog page in the coming days specifically for our slams, including information on prizes, rules and how to enter.

Entertainment Corner
This week we have a book review from our very own Monsieur Vice Preseident Josh:

Title: Island
Author: Aldous Huxley

Island is the last novel by Aldous Huxley, combining a lifetime of spirituality, political, and philosophical thinking. It takes place in the 1960's on the fictional island of Pala from the point of view of the cynical journalist, Will Farnaby. Pala is an island paradise which has used a combination of science, Buddhism, and philosophy to create a Utopian civilisation. However, the outside world is closing in on Pala, with big corporations, believing large oil reserves to be on Pala, closing in, with Will Farnaby being an agent of one of these companies. It deals with a variety of themes, from the nature of love, the raising of children, the importance of psychology, environmentalism, the consequences of capitalism and overpopulation, and christianity. Throughout the novel the sceptical Farnaby slowly comes away to the Palanese way of thinking, yet will Pala be able to hold out against the outside world? Island is fantastically written, being easy to read, yet is incredibly thought provoking. 8/10

Writing Challenge
This week’s writing challenge looks at a common euphemism. Interpret as you wish!

How do you make love?

See you all at the meeting, I look forward do reading your poems!


Priestess of the Press

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Welcome to Symposium 2012!

Greetings Symposiasts!

Calendar & Events
Welcome to another year of poetry and certain craziness. This year we are proud to welcome back our executives, and welcome some new faces:

Madame President: Caitlin Prouatt
Monsieur Vice President: Joshua Lovett
Minister of Propaganda: Michael Astle
Mistress of the Mint (Embezzler of Funds): Felicity Ford
Lady of the Letters: Laura McKenna
Priestess of the Press: Katelyn Richards

Symposium is going to be bigger and better than ever this year! Given all the fun we had last year attending (and for a few brave souls, competing!) the Brisbane heats of the National Poetry Slam, we're holding our very own slams this year. Entry into the (friendly!) competitions is free for members, just flash your Symposiast card.

The first two slams will be on March 23rd and May 11th, at Cafe Checocho in West End.

In addition to organising our bustling social calendar, our Minister of Propaganda has also arranged some great deals for Symposiasts: a 10% discount with our good friends at Archives Fine Books and membership to the Queensland Writers' Centre.

Madame President is currently arranging for guest speakers from the QWC, entry to QWC events and more! I'll keep you all posted as it happens.

We've also planned our weekly themes in advance this year, with the first week's theme being holidays. Bring a poem to this theme,  an epic story from your travels or perhaps some happy snaps you'd like to share. Our meetings, as usual, will be at 5pm on Fridays, starting on March 2nd, Bld 39a, room 209. Afterwards, those who are feeling peckish can venture out for the weekly dinner pilgrimage.

Entertainment Corner
This year, I'd love to see your words filling this section of the newsletter! Send me your poems, your stories, blurbs about your favourite books or movies or songs. Even if it's just a note about your new favourite place to eat, or an awesome microwave cupcake recipe, I'm happy to put it in this section. (If you have any ideas for a better title or sub-titles, send them my way too!)

I'm also happy to announce that while on exchange to Edinburgh, our very own Geraldine shall be our foreign correspondent  and write back with all the latest literary news from Scotland. I look forward to her letters and castle adventures!

Writing Challenge
I thought I'd kick this year's writing challenge off with something a little philosophical (and related to the first week's theme):

the journey or the destination?

I look forward to seeing you all at meetings!


Priestess of the Press