Melbourne Jewish Writers’ Festival…

I did my reading today at the Melbourne Jewish Writers’ Festival, which was held at the Lamm Jewish Library in Caufield South. It was a great gig. I read my story “Tea” from my retrospective collection Jubilee, and the audience was enthusiastic and welcoming. You know, there are some days–there aren’t all that many of them, alas–when it’s great to be a writer.  A blessing on everyone’s head!

Just fyi…my schedule at the Continuum X convention in melbourne

(Here are the convention details, should you need them: CLICK HERE)

It looks like it’s going to be a busy convention:

“Twenty Years in the Making: A Conversation with Jack Dann”,  Saturday 11:00-11:30 in The Big Top with: Jack Dann, Gillian Polack, and Jason Nahrung.

To celebrate Jack Dann’s twenty years in Australia, Satalyte Publishing is sponsoring the event: Twenty Years in the Making: In Conversation with Jack Dann. Jack will be interviewed by authors Jason Nahrung and Gillian Polack about his life and work and influence on Australian science fiction and fantasy. 

We will also be launching the ebook version of Jack’s collection Jubilee, which Locus called “intelligent, moving short stories of the highest order”…and the weekend Australian wrote: “Lyrical, potent, beautifully written, Jubilee showcases the life of one of our leading fantasists.”

So come along to the celebration. We promise some surprises!

“What Writers Must Do To Write Professional Fiction: A No-nonsense Workshop with Jack Dann”, Sunday 9:30-12:00 in Sideshow Alley.

“Book Launch: Use Only As Directed”, with Jack Dann launching, Saturday 13:00-13:30 in Sideshow Alley.

“Reading”,  Sunday 15:00-16:00 in Sideshow Alley (Ambelin Kwaymullina and Leonie Rogers are also reading in this time-slot).

Panel: “Live Slushpile”,  Sunday 16:00-17:00 in The Hall of Mirrors (With Cat Sparks, Tehani Wessely, Sue Bursztynski, and Amanda Pillar).

Panel: “Researching Other Cultures”15:00-16:00 in The Big Top  (With Cat Sparks, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Gillian Polack, and Tracy Joyce).

And I will also be presenting the Chronos Award for Best Short Fiction at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, which should be fun.

My workshop at Continuum…

This is just a heads-up for those who might be interested in attending my workshop at Continuum X, the 53rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention.  I’m told there has been strong interest–well, we all know that writers are masochists by definition <Grin>.  The workshop will be held on Sunday, June 9th from 9:30-12:00. Here are the details: CLICK HERE

If you’d like an idea what I’ll (most likely) be discussing, take a look at this short video I did for the Queensland Writers’ Centre. I should mention in advance that the low technical quality is the fault of the speaker, not the Centre.  CLICK HERE

This new Jack Dann website is a work-in-progress…

We’re working on this website. We’re in the process of updating the information, and soon we’ll merge both websites so you can click or and reach the same site.  There will be more functionality–a bookstore, etc.–in the near future. This website is being built by my new e-book publisher, Satalyte Publishing.

Thanks for taking a look. More stuff on the way…



I’ll be doing a reading at the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival…

For my Australian friends: I’ll be reading a story from my collection Jubilee (soon to be out in e-book format from Satalyte Publishing , my new e-book publisher!).

Official details are: Monday, June 2nd 10.30am-11am at the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia, 304 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield South, VIC 3162.

Tickets: or call (03) 9272 5611. Would be great if you can make it. Come up and say hello! For more information, CLICK

Newcastle Writers’ Festival…

Just a head’s-up: I’ll be doing a gig with screenwriter (and pal) Mark Shirrefs at the forthcoming Newcastle Writers’ Festival. It’s called “Creativity: the Improbable Aircraft” and will be a discussion about creativity as it applies to science fiction and fantasy in film and novels. We’ll discuss such things as where ideas come from, how writers develop ideas, and the impact of form, Mark will screen his Academy-Award nominated film The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, and I’ll read a relevant bit of my novel The Memory Cathedral.

Mark has written some of Australia’s most successful children’s television programs, including The Girl from Tomorrow and the Spellbinder series.

The discussion will take place at the Newcastle City Hall at 1:30 pm on Sunday, April 6th. Tickets available at the door. For more information, CLICK.