In December we celebrate the best of times, with some reflections on what we’ve learnt this year as writers; thoughts about what’s gone on in the world at large; and consider some of the best things to come out of pop culture and literature in 2015. Of course there’ll also be a few suggestions for your Christmas entertainment and some summer reading inspiration. Happy holidays.
- Ready…(or not)?
- Serial, True Detective & Me
- Thoughts in Light of Recent Events
- TV Shows in 2015 (or, Not Quite a Top Ten List)
- Top Ten Vintage Christmas Films to Save You From Netflix Specials
- Peace on Earth
- Top Ten Significant Books of 2015
Who are you exactly? Who do you write about and why? These are some questions to be mined in this month’s Cringe rambles, as we ask our favourite authors and contributors to answer these exact questions. Enjoy a series of profiles on our esteemed wordsmiths, as well as some useful commentary on current events and invaluable advice on writing-ness.
- Astute & Witty Commentary on the Melbourne Cup
- Who are you?
- What inspires you?
- Humans Responding to Inhumanity
- A picture speaks a thousand words (and all that)
- Narcotics, love, and Colombia: An interview with Vanessa Blakeslee
- How to change the world into words
With the coming of October, the Cringe officially turns One. Celebrate our birthday with us as we explore the various joys of the number itself, as well as the many talents we have showcased on our site in the short twelve months of our existence. Of course the Booker Prize will get a look-in as well.
- Museums far from the madding crowd
- A List of Ones
- Marlon James Wins the Booker Prize
- Because of Marty McFly
- Last Quarter
- Canopy Shyness
- An All Hallow’s Read
Spring is in the air and we are all about Sunsets; in literature and in life. Sunsets remind us of beauty but also of endings, of the dwindling of light and the encroach of darkness. You can expect more original fiction, essays and musings on the sunsets of our lives, as well as some timely tributes to Fathers Day and other September occurrences.
- A Writer. Who, Me?
- Five Fathers: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly
- the mad ones
- Risky Business
- The Exuberant Existence of Henry Savery, Australia’s First Novelist
- Before Sunset
- Heavy Bones
The Cringe is thinking about Form in August, considering the various ways in which we approach and structure writing, both as authors and readers. How does the packaging of a narrative affect the way we receive it? How can form be manipulated to produce contrasting perspectives on content? Look for short fiction considering form as a broad concept, as well as the usual features and a series on narrative form, philosophy and structure.
- The Many Forms of Form
- The Labyrinth is Thoroughly Known
- The Dreaded Synopsis
- One Thousand Words
- The Ubiquitous Three Acts: A Marriage of Chaos and Construct
- At 11pm and then 12
In July our writers examine the concept of Voice in narrative: who has the right to speak for whom and how does the use of voice in art influence our society? Featuring pieces on cast diversity in fantasy fiction; the use of female characters in narrative; establishing bodies of cultural work for underrepresented voices; and how points of view act as powerful tools in the challenging of social assumptions.
- Sir P Speaks: Bon Voyage
- Are you sick about hearing about feminism in fiction?
- You Can’t Climb a Wall with a Broken Arm
- The Leak
- Whose voice is whose?
- The Necessary Delusion
This month The Cringe is getting involved in the great Genre Debate: what exactly forms the basis of the divide between ‘literary’ and ‘non-literary’ work? Are such pedantic delineations still of any use or has the influence of screen culture and the rise of plot finally levelled the playing field? Look for discussions on literariness, genre within genre, and the idea that the pen may still be mightier than the screen.
- Cultural Soft Spot
- The Elusive Australian Film Festival
- A Family of Wolves
- Spec what now?
- On “Debaser”
- Emigration, Identity, The Commitments, and Me
- The Genre Gap
In Australia Winter is Coming and so The Cringe authors think about the technique of writing seasons in literature and how our seasonal landscape differs from the dominant Northern Hemispherical culture. We ask questions of geography and climate, and the role they play in creating a national cultural flavour in arts and literature. Look also for regular guests and a discourse on the balance of structural planning and writing from inspiration.
- The Structure Spectrum
- Writing Seasons
- Mythos in Children’s Literature
- Sir P Speaks: Public Enemies Number One
- A Day in the Life
- On “October”
- Anthology: Art & Music
- Anthology: Poetry
April is ANZAC Day in Australia and so The Cringe explores the duality of War/Peace and what one means with or without the other. In addition to ongoing features of writing advice, look forward to a Good Friday rumination on the meaning of truth; an examination of Australian mateship and post-war identity; a look at war and peace in famous literary works; and some thoughts on conflict, in narrative and in life.
- Being a Writer
- Quid Est Veritas?
- Sir P Speaks: That Vain Stab at Immortality
- Got Something to Say?
- On “Gimme Shelter”
- ANZAC Day After 100 Years
- “War is what happens…”
In March we investigate Work and what it means for established and emerging authors. The Cringe highlights some valuable professional development opportunities as well as featuring guest posts from new Cringe faces including author Nigel Featherstone. Look for articles on overcoming roadblocks for emerging writers; examining what’s really at stake for writers and their work; and learn some lessons from the work habits of famous authors.
- ‘Kiss & Cry’ – Review
- Sir P Speaks: For He is a Gentleman
- Writing is Work (and other things you need to get over)
- What’s at Stake?
- Work Habits of Successful Writers
- So You Have This Idea…
- Most Likely to Succeed
- Sam Simon: A Writer’s Life
This month The Cringe has a look at issues of the Heart — love, loss, passion and identity. Enjoy ongoing discussions about the relationship of the artist with their craft; a review of one movie star’s theatrical passion project; some thoughts about the roots of Australian music; and a list of great passion narratives.
- Letting Go
- What Social Science Can Teach You About Dating
- On “This Must Be the Place” (Naïve Melody)
- Taking a Dump
- Passionate Prosings
- Sir P Speaks: The Problem of First-World Problems
- Is it Wrong That my Ideal Reader is Myself?
- Shakespeare, Spacey, and the Sublime
The start of a new year is about an Embark of sorts: going-forth from your current state, or perhaps a realisation of where you’ve been. Cringe contributors reflect on the Australian artistic search for identity; the joy of solo travel; the nature of new beginnings; and the way stories shape our memory and our interactions with the world around us.
- Happy New Year!
- On “Wide Open Road”
- On Travelling Alone
- My World Through Stories
- Bubbles From the Bottom of the Seabed
- 2015 Guide to Australian Literary Festivals
- Sir P Speaks: A Few of My Least Favourite Things
- A Little Gypsy in My Soul: Maria Vantsos – Interview