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Published February 3rd 2015
If you are a busybird writer, gather in this nest one night
Let me tell you a story
When was the last time someone read to you? Did your friend read something interesting from the newspaper? Newspapers don't really make it to the breakfast table anymore. Did your colleague test a speech on you. No, they emailed it to you most likely. Maybe a loved relative read you a bedtime story. Remember? C'mon, I know at least one teacher held up a picture book and read to your whole grade. Did you disappear into that story world and wish you could do it again?
Take my hand...
Blaise van Hecke is co-owner, publisher, editor, writer and the heart of Busybird Publishing
In a world dominated by the digital and the visual, still, the book will not die. Why? We love books. We love stories. Everyone has a story. Some people are willing to share them and may hope to publish them, but before they do, they have the chance to test that story at the Busybird Open Microphone Nights, held on the third Wednesday of the month.
Crash test your writing in a supportive, like minded crowd
Busybird Publishing in Montmorency is in its third year of operation, fulfilling a publishing niche for manuscript readiness, community connection, mini courses and competitions, as well as more traditional publishing activities. The first open mic night for 2015 is Wednesday 18 February from 7-9pm. No booking required. Anything could happen.
Writers of both short and long prose, poets, scriptwriters, songwriters, artists and musicians have all taken the microphone over the past two years. The mood can be raucous hilarity or sombre serenity, or something in between, on any given night, or all on the same night. The readers might be retirees penning their memoir, students riding their ambition, artists authenticating their voice or a mother of two honing her craft (wink). It could also be you. Go on, you know you want to.
No one gets boo-ed off the stage, everyone gets applause, so you might as well give it a go
The only guarantee is that the night will be a one of a kind, never to be repeated experience. Often designed to coincide with a book launch by the publisher, or an exhibition opening in the gallery space, there is always a nibble and sip available in the way of wine, soft drinks, dips, coffee, tea and biscuits, so bring your $5.00 contribution to cover these costs and to boost the cash offering for a Creative Fellowship, designed to assist any kind of artist with less than three publications or exhibitions. Applications open in October and more details are available on the website.
The third Wednesday of the month comes alive at the Busybird Studio
Whether you come to read (you go girl/man), to be read to, or to connect with an artistic community, it's probable you'll get more from the night than expected, so bring support, a sense of humour and something to read into the mic (just do it, kiddo). If you can't make it to this one, go to the excellent website for other dates and events in 2015. Subscribing to the Busybird Newsletter email is a great way of staying in touch and maybe one day not too far, far away you'll be writing your name inside the cover of your own book before a line of fans.