On a warm summer night

 

Having regularly suffered insomnia since my early 20s, I have particular relationships with certain times of night, some good and some bad, although gratefully none as extreme as Sarah Kane’s, 4.48 Psychosis.

Oddly enough, 2am is one of my favourite times… as far as insomnia hours goes, that is. I feel tender and confused about 2am. 2am hurts, but just a little bit less than 3.33am. Continue reading

2am

Over the course of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Scum is very excited to be presenting a new project: 2am.

Each night of the festival at 2am we’ll be posting a piece by a different writer either written or set at 2am. Writing is often associated geographically, historically, or thematically, but we are really interested in presenting a series of works held together temporally.

From the 28th of May to the 7th of June, there’ll be pieces about the moon, about loss, about fires under beds, confessionals, and the way we spend those early hours both online and IRL. We’re wide-eyed, restless, and can’t wait to share them all with you.

Life and My Box: There’s No “I” In Uterus

Kate Zahnleiter was raised by a single working mother and a television. She writes that “not a day goes by in which I’m unable to relate something which occurs in real life back to an episode of something I watched as a child, teenager or young adult.” In Life and My Box, Kate shares the lessons she has learned from TV. 

One of my best friends is having a baby. Not as we speak (although maybe—I don’t know when you’re reading this) but soon. Very soon. Continue reading

Life and My Box: School’s Out

Kate Zahnleiter was raised by a single working mother and a television. She writes that “not a day goes by in which I’m unable to relate something which occurs in real life back to an episode of something I watched as a child, teenager or young adult.” In Life and My Box, Kate shares the lessons she has learned from TV. 

When I was a teenager, I watched a lot of reruns of Degrassi Junior High and, when that was finished, the just as delightful Degrassi High (I can only hope you are humming the theme song to one of these now—I prefer High, but it’s really just a matter of adding or subtracting the word “junior” to your personal taste). I used to think of myself as a bit of a Caitlin Ryan, because she was a feminist and a journalist and a social activist and did a lot of things I liked to think I’d do if I wasn’t so lazy and didn’t have to spend so much time pretending I could skateboard and making sure my Tencel jeans looked amazing (both Caitlin and I did question our sexuality after having a sexy dream about a female teacher, but that didn’t really need a lot of effort on my part).

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A Book, a Playlist: Steeplechase

Steeplechase, a novel by Brisbane-based writer Krissy Kneen, explores the relationships between many things: between sisters Bec and Emily, between art and madness, and between the past and present. Bec, a painter and tertiary art teacher living in Brisbane, receives a phone call from her estranged sister Emily while recovering from surgery. Emily, an acclaimed artist and now living in Beijing, invites Bec to visit her for the opening of a new show. With this, Bec is confronted by an awful past, some great and terrible event during their isolated childhood in rural Queensland that drove the two sisters apart.

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Life and My Box: Polygamy Loves Company

Kate Zahnleiter was raised by a single working mother and a television. She writes that “not a day goes by in which I’m unable to relate something which occurs in real life back to an episode of something I watched as a child, teenager or young adult.” In Life and My Box, Kate shares the lessons she has learned from TV. 

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