• Lit Live: Sarah McNeill

No Shrinking Violet - UWA WinterArts

A great turn-out at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery last night. Thank you for choosing great literature over an English soccer match!

I hope that new Lit lovers will come and join us in the more intimate setting of the Centre for Stories - where you'll always find new stories, new actors and more wine and cheese!

Last night's event linked in with the festival's botanical theme with stories woven through with flowers, plants and fruit, but with a focus on people who refuse to shrink out of sight and rise above the ordinary.

Caitlin Beresford-Ord started the evening with Your Body is a Temple by local author Susan Midalia from her short story collection, Feet to the Stars. She ended the evening with a masterfully short piece called The Orange by American author Benjamin Rosenbaum. You can find it - and a YouTube animation - online.

Bernie Davis read Potholes by Kate Rotherham from the anthology, The Trouble with Flying published by Margaret River Press; and what will surely become his signature story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber, originally published in The New Yorker in 1939 and then later included in a number of Thurber's short story collections.

I read two new works: the first, an edited version of the very beautiful and poetic story of the death apple, Poetry, by American author Greg Jackson, recently published in The New Yorker magazine. The other, a murderous story of a bachelorette party with a twist, Buck Hunt by Livia Harper,was published in a collection last year called 101 Stories on the Go, an anthology of new indie writing which set emerging authors a specific word limit to refine their short fiction writing skills.