2022 in review: Workshops, Panels and Presentations

Mock-ups of a book of map making instructions

2022 was a year of quite a few workshops, presentations, and panels, after the relative quiet of the preceding years!

Workshops (writing, illustration, writing/illustration, creativity)

  • Creative writing workshop (three-mood short stories) for Global Change Scholars Program, University of Queensland, February
  • Observation Journal Workshop, Brisbane Writers Festival, May
  • Gothic writing workshop, Kelvin Grove State College, August
  • “Bad drawings, good stories”, Gympie LIbrary, September
  • “The Art of Illustration” guest lecture and workshop for WRIT7090 (Writing and Publishing for Children and Young Adults), University of Queensland, October
  • “The Three Mood Approach to Writing Short Fiction” (online), World Fantasy Convention, New Orleans, November
  • “Feeling for the Edges — a bouquet of techniques for recombining, rediscovering and writing with what you already know” — workshop for the Departing Radically in Academic Writing summer school, Brisbane, December
  • Map Illustration Workshop (one hour version):
    • LoveYA / Wordplay / Brisbane Writers Festival, May
    • Indooroopilly Library, December
    • West End Library, December
    • Banyo Library, December

Panels (as panellist and as moderator, which I very much enjoy)

  • “Writing the Familiar as Fantasy” panellist — OzComicCon, March
  • Brisbane Writers Festival, May:
    • “Debuting in a pandemic”, as chair, with panellists Jacqueline Maley, Sophie Overett and Lyndall Clipstone
    • “Sweet, sweet fantasy” panellist, with Lynette Noni, C.S. Pacat, and MC Samantha Baldry
  • “Fairytale and fantasy. The art of pinning magic to the page with Kathleen Jennings and Trent Jamieson” panellist, with Trent Jamieson and MC Jess Yates, Oz ComicCon, September
  • “Keynote: Australian Fairy Tales: Flesh or Fossil”, keynote panellist, with Alan Parsons, Jo Henwood and MC Bettina Nissen, Australian Fairy Tale Society conference, October
  • “How We Do the PhD Here: An International Roundtable of PhD Candidates”, panellist with Hannah Ascough, Ovie Jack Matilda Eyituoyo, Brisa Smith Flores, Iris van der Wulp, and MC Mathias Orhero, Canadian Association for Graduate Studies conference, (virtual, Montréal), November
  • “Combining Outlooks: Artists Who Are Authors”, MC/panellist, with panellists Akua Lezli Hope, Terri Windling, Iris Compiet and Ursula Vernon, World Fantasy Convention, New Orleans, November
  • “The Artist as Visual Storyteller”, MC/Panellist, with Irene Gallo, Nikki Rossignol, Iris Compiet, and Penelope Flynn, World Fantasy Convention, New Orleans, November

Papers, interviewing, and others

  • Q&A live (remote) for CRWR3001 (The Epic), Flinders University, Adelaide, April
  • Reading at VICFA (first Virtual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts), October
  • Pulp Fiction/Brisbane Square Library, launch of Angela Slatter’s The Path of Thorns, in conversation with me
  • A Room of One’s Own: Trent Jamieson’s launch of The Stone Road, in conversation with me
  • Academic paper, “Three Moods — A Novel Approach to the Short Story”, Work in Progress Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, November
  • Reading at World Fantasy Convention, New Orleans, November


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Summer Map Workshops

Photo of whiteboard with very scribbly fairy-tale map on it

This summer, I’m giving a speedy map-illustration workshop at four Brisbane libraries! It’s a 1-hour pocket-sized version, just right for an afternoon activity and a shot of ideas to build your own fantasy maps with. The workshops are ideal for ages 9-16, and are free (bookings required).

World Fantasy 2022 timetable

Screen shot of World Fantasy Convention 2022 header. New Orleans, Louisiana, November 3-6, 2022.

I am in New Orleans, after a very long (and somewhat delayed) series of flights. I’m still travel-crumpled, and haven’t quite steeled myself to see the state of all the art I packed for the exhibition, but I’m here. And here is my schedule (for more details, see the convention website and program):

  • The Three Mood Approach to Writing Short Fiction — a one-hour online workshop on Wednesday at 11am CDT.
  • Art show (throughout)
  • Panel: Combining Outlooks: Artists who are Writers – Friday at 11:00 am
  • Reading – Saturday at 4:00 pm
  • Art reception – Saturday at 8:00 pm
  • Panel (moderating): The Artist as Visual Storyteller – Sunday at 11:00 am

More details (rooms, etc) can be found on the convention website: https://www.wfc2022.org/

AFTS Conference — registrations close 18 September 2022

AFTS conference dates and dreamy imagery by Lorena Carrington

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE SEPT 18 for the Australian Fairy Tale Society conference in Brisbane on 1-2 October 2022. You can see further details and register here: AFTS Conference.

I will be on the keynote panel with Bettina Nissen (MC), Uncle Alan Parsons and Jo Henwood.

Australian Fairy Tales: Flesh or Fossil? with MC Bettina Nissen, Uncle Alan Parsons, Jo Henwood. Kathleen is a Brisbane-based illustrator and writer. As an illustrator, she has won one World Fantasy Award (and been a finalist three other times), and has been shortlisted once for the Hugos, and once for the Locus Awards, as well as winning a number of Ditmars. As a writer, she has won a British Fantasy Award (the Sydney J Bounds Award) and two Ditmars, and been shortlisted for World Fantasy Awards, the Courier-Mail People's Choice Book of the Year Award, the Crawford Award, the Australian Shadows Award, the Eugie Foster Memorial Award, and several Aurealis Awards.

Oz Comic Con Brisbane 2022

Oz Comic-Con is on in Brisbane this weekend, September 17 and 18, 2022, and I will be there, selling books, being interviewed with Trent Jamieson, and sketching cosplayers!

Photo of me, with covers of Flyaway in the background, for OzComicCon

The sketches from the Homegrown event in March are in the post Oz Comic-Con sketches, but here is my favourite (masked Kermit holding Mjölnir).

Marker sketch of cosplayer in Kermit hoody holding Mjolnir


Silhouette of Queenslander house and birds on top of a frame

Getting the birds framed for the launch of Darryl Jones’s Curlews on Vulture Street, next Wednesday (14 September 2022) Avid Reader in Brisbane.

Cover of Curlews on Vulture Street by Darryl Jones — a photo of a bush stone-curlew on a blue background

I don’t cope well with measuring and cutting rectangles, so a massive shoutout goes to the very efficient Frameshop for saving me (again, as usual).

Night at the (Gympie) Library 9 September

Next week (less than a week!) I’m going up to Gympie again to give a drawing-and-stories workshop for WriteFest.

WriteFest ad

WriteFest: Night @ the Library with Kathleen Jennings

Date: 9th September 2022
Location: Gympie Library
Cost: Free but booking required
Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Are you looking for ways to spin ideas for art and stories? Join author and illustrator Kathleen Jennings and learn how drawing fast and badly can help you collect inspiration and expand your creativity. Suitable for ages 12-17.

Book online here: Booking

The Stone Road — online conversation with Trent Jamieson

Cover of The Stone Road. Photo of Trent Jamieson. Photo of Kathleen Jennings.

Trent Jamieson and I will be talking about his new book, The Stone Road, online for A Room of One’s Own, this Monday August 15, 2022 in the evening (if you are in America) and Tuesday August 16 in the morning (if you are in Australia).

UPDATE/EDIT: you can now watch the conversation here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/the-stone-road-a/

Here is what I’ve previously said about The Stone Road:

Trent Jamieson’s The Stone Road is a heart wrapped in thorns. Its world, even as it unpicks itself at the seams, is shot through with bright mysteries. And the novel, like its heroine, holds dear a loving, quarrelling community, even as it understands that towns — like time and people — slip away like dust. The Stone Road is a cycle of mysteries, an invocation of kindness amidst decay, a promise to the living, and blessing for the dead.

To read The Stone Road is to enter a lyrical, wavering world, a landscape wearied by time but vibrant with monsters grown out of history, watched over by clever birds, whispered beneath by the dead, where a girl strives to hold one town safe even as time and the long shadow of other people’s choices erode what she knows to be true.

If you love Tiffany Aching and CSE Cooney’s Saint Death’s Daughter, you’re going to want to read Trent Jamieson’s The Stone Road

BWF Author-Illustrator Episode

Screenshot of link to Author-Illustrator episode

Sarah Davis interviewed me for an episode of the Brisbane Writers Festival’s Author-Illustrator series. You can watch it through the BWF website, or on YouTube (below).

Author/Editor conversation: Angela Slatter, Cath Trechman, and me

Link to Author/Editor Episode 5 on the BWF website

The Brisbane Writers Festival and the Institute of Professional Editors have put together a series of conversations between authors and editors, and ours has just been released! This time, it’s editing relationships all the way down — Cath Trechman is Angela’s editor at Titan, and Angela has edited me, and I’ve had tangential kind-of-sort-of editorial conversations with people from an illustrators perspective…

You can buy single-episode on-demand access or season passes here: Author/Editor Episode 5

And you can see the other episodes (released and forthcoming) here: Online events and series.

IPEd tweet: Award-winning gothic fantasy author Angela Slatter discusses creative processes with her #editor at Titan Books, Cath Trechman, and her illustrator, Kathleen Jennings, also an award-winning gothic fantasy writer whose works have been edited by Angela.