Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The Roll For Intelligence Christmas Special

My character for the three Phoenix Pub episodes
of Roll For Intelligence was Dwarven
Heavy Metal Battle Mage, Mack the Truck
During 2017 I was involved with the Dungeons and Dragons performance group Roll For Intelligence. Our first two shows were part of the 2017 You Are Here and held upstairs in the Civic Pub. Our group performed to capacity crowds both nights, which was an excellent start. We went on to do three shows in the Phoenix Pub, and our grand finale for the year was a Christmas special at Smiths Alternative. The group is made up of our producer, Morgan Little, our Dungeon Master Josh Bell, as well as players, Euan Bowen, Helen Luan, Joel Barcham, Sharona Lin, and me. We also have a bard, Jack Collins, who plays all our environmental and mood music, and we were joined by artist Arran McKenna for some of the nights.

The podcast of the Christmas Special is in two parts. 

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.