Saturday, December 16, 2017

2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards

My book, For All The Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid), was shortlisted in the poetry category for the 2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.

This is my second book and it was developed with an ArtsACT Project Grant during 2015, and the work also benefited from residencies in El Bruc, Catalonia, and at the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, both during 2014. I haven’t had poetry nominated for a prize previously so I was stoked to have the book make the shortlist in this ACT award and excited to have it receive a prize.

This is what the judges had to say about it:

‘Andrew Galan's collection is distinct, varied, and engaging. His poems challenge the reader, and do not allow for an easy interpretation. Some require re-readings to fathom both the narrative and metaphorical thrust. It’s a rich collection, with a clear influence drawn from performance poetry, and Galan utilizes conversational, disrupted rhythms to achieve something unique. The imagery is vivid, always inventive, and some individual lines are highly memorable, “You can look in strange places for fathers and you don't always grow out of it.” ’

Congrats to the other two shortlisted award winners, Chris Palmer with Afterlives, and Carmel Summers who edited The Last Day Before Snow, you can see the full list of awards given on the night at the ACT Writers Centre website.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Tundish Review Issue 4, Brisbane

The Tundish Review
The Tundish Review Issue 4 was launched on Wednesday night at Betty's Espresso & Bar in Brisbane. The zine includes poetry by Jarad Bruinstroop, Juanita Simmonds, Ankita Bellary, Sean West, Sam Bolte, Shastra Deo and two pieces from me. I was also interviewed for this edition, I don’t usually talk or write much about my process but I really enjoyed the questions from the editors, as well as some of the discussion we had about why they wanted to interview me. The launch was packed with people and was such a fun night of poetry and drinks.

The artwork by Link Raptor is really interesting and fits well with this edition of the zine, the piece he drew for my poem, Axolotl Limbo, gave me a new perspective on the work. One of the ideas I like in the zine is the use of a fictional editor, this creates space for experiments, as well as character for the publication. The two real life editors, Katelyn Goyen and Nick van Buuren, have put a lot of love into this zine, they’ve promised that there will be a call out for issues 5 & 6 shortly, so make sure you have the latest copy, submit your work, and like the zine on Facebook

You can probably grab a copy by contacting them through their website or facebook, and you can definitely get editions at Junky Comics.

Here are some photographs of the launch (taken by Anton van Buuren), you can find more here.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Otoliths Issue 47

I have two poems in issue 47 of Otoliths.

The works are based on writing to a series of images, primarily from Simon StÃ¥lenhag’s forthcoming book, the Electric State, and hiromi suzuki’s works, Black Sun and an untitled series centred on envelopes.

I did also include a range of other favourite famous and less well known images in the process. You can see most of them above.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Tundish Review Issue 4 Launch

I am part of the 22 November launch of Brisbane zine, The Tundish Review. The editors were not only kind enough to accept two of my poems, but they also interviewed me for the edition.

Putting together any publication takes commitment and effort, and putting one together full of other writers, artists and performers deserves support. So get to Betty’s Espresso & Bar at 7:30pm on Wednesday 22 November to hear poetry from Ankita Bellary, Sean West, Shastra Deo, Jarad Bruinstroop, Juanita Simmonds, Sam Bolte and me. Then grab a copy of the zine. Thanks to the editors Katelyn & Nick.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Poems with Nuovi Argomenti

Three of my poems have been translated into Italian and published by Nuovi Argomenti. The poems are Art, Industry, Architecture and Pets, Spaceship Twang Dog and The Periphery, the first two where first published in English respectively by Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own and The Delinquent, all three appear in my book For All The Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid), Bareknuckle Books.

Thank you to Massimiliano Mandorlo for his time and effort in translating these three poems, and thank you to Nuovi Argomenti for publishing the work. You can find the poems on the Nuovi Argomenti website, and you can find Massimiliano Mandorlo at his website.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Salt Room interviews – Joshua Bell

For the September 2017 edition of the Salt Room at the Gorman Arts Centre I interviewed each of our three performers, Joshua Bell, Sarah Rice and Tahi Atea. The interviews were to provide insight into their practice and themselves.

The questions were taken from A Conversation with Allen Ginsberg, by Harvey Kubernik. My second interview is with Joshua Bell.

An interview with Joshua Bell
(Interview by Andrew Galan)

Q: Didn’t you see The Beatles play, and there’s some poem you wrote about the event?
A: I saw the Beatles play once when I was little. I used to watch Ants follow each other too. It always struck me - this mess of a thing, this absolute chaos. But it was so calm and ordered as they went about their lives. The fact that they have lives. I used to try and imagine what it would be like to be a Beatle, or an Ant, or for that matter a Caterpillar. Really all of my poems are trying to capture that again. Like flying over a city. I don't think I've succeeded, or maybe ever will?

Q: You still read from text on stage, from a book or typewritten.  Do you ever read from memory?
A: There are only two poems of mine which I've memorised. But I find being with the physical poem comforting. I'm holding it in my hands, and I can trust it. My memory is faulty, and like a sieve. The words though? They are unchanging and loyal.

Q: Subject specific answer required:  You write something on a piece of paper.  Other people, musicians, come invited to participate and collaborate.  Does the original intention become a different trip once there is music and other elements involved?
Firstly, I've never written anything down on a piece of paper - so how dare you?

Secondly, musicians are what poets wish they could be. It's less obtuse, and more abstract. You can really hit people in the feelings with music. Get to the stuff which can't be said with words. Words that are always just an approximation of meaning. You know that the reading will be different from the writing. And I suppose that's the magic of words. They're just full of so much potential.

Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell is a poet, nerd, and long-time performer in the Canberra theatre scene. His particular interest is experimental and improvised theatre. His most recent efforts are being one of the creative minds between pub theatre show, Roll For Intelligence, a live and improvised performance based on everyone’s favourite tabletop RPGs, and contributing his poetry to Canberra Youth Theatre’s production, poem every day.

You can find Joshua Bell as part of pub theatre show Roll For Intelligence as well as the Lightbulb Improv troupe.

The Salt Room
The Salt Room presents poetry in its many forms. Featuring national, international and Territory poets alongside performers from varied disciplines. Organised by BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! and curated by Andrew Galan, the event is supported by the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and runs from March to November.