Author Archives: Josh

19 ½ Spells Disguised as Poems is out now!

After years of performing at schools and helping kids wrote poems, I figured it was about time I brought out a book of poems (spells) for kids. It is very important to note that this is DEFINITELY, positively not a book of spells, because magic isn’t real, obviously. This is a book of poems (spells) about very important things like zombies and rapping grandmas and cephalopods.

It’s out now via Odyssey Books, and as always if you buy it direct through my website here I can sign it and write an inscription (spell) or whatever you like.

Holly Eastwood has provided some excellent illustrations and I feel very fortunate to have worked with her.




I also made this extremely important educational video about dinosaurs that features a cameo from my book.

Six Cold Feet Season 2

We’re very excited to be bringing you season 2 of Six Cold Feet at long last! I’ll be appearing at the ABC’s Ozpod conference in Melbourne on the 3rd of October, and we’re holding our launch party the following week at the Bearded Lady in Brisbane. The launch will feature the musicians who wrote the incredible songs for season 2 (which we’ll also be releasing as an EP), including a rare performance from reclusive rockstar and star of season 2, Juliet Knives. I’ll also do a short spoken word set and some general yelling at the crowd.

We’ll be recording the event and using the audio in future episodes, so meta! In the words of Juliet Knives: “Let’s get weird together.”

INTER at Flowstate

One of the things that brings me great joy is that some of my favourite artists are also some of my closest friends. And I’m incredibly pleased to announce that I’ve recently been part of a truly wonderful new work called INTER, made in collaboration with Liesel Zink (an amazing choreographer); Mike Willmett (an incredible musician, who I previously worked with in Poetry is Dead); and Erica Field (a phenomenal actor, and, although it’s not directly relevant, one of the groom’s party at my wedding in a few weeks’ time).

In addition to working with these wonderful humans, I’ve also been introduced to the luminary talents of the dancers Michael Smith, Amelia Stokes, and Lauren Carr, as well as Jason Glenwright’s superb lighting design. 

Writing can be a very solitary activity, so I’m very grateful and excited to be part of such a multi-faceted team. I’ve always said that Art and Science should be lovers, we should see them sharing the stage more often. I believe that the artistic, eloquent expression of scientific discovery combines the two highest accomplishments of human civilisation. I read a stack of obscure and fascinating scientific research to compose the text for this show, and while I’m immensely proud of what I came up with, I’m far more excited by the work as a whole.

The show will run from August 21-26th at Flowstate, South Bank. Tickets are 100% Freebird.

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Book (free) tix

BRWF 2018

Two years ago I went to the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival and it was one of my all time favourite events. I’m very excited to be heading back down south this June to spend some time with a slew of wonderful people. I’ll be at these things if you want to chat and/or throw tomatoes. The program is really incredible, check out the full schedule here.

Thursday 7th June 6pm

Author talk at Coffs Harbor Library

Saturday 9th June 12pm

Poetry: In Just a few Words

with Johanna Featherstone, Lorna Munro and Craig Nelson

Sunday 10th  4pm

Fiction: The Novel In A Time Of Digital

with Ute Schulenburg, Marieke Hardy & Jesse Blackadder

Canberra and the Commonwealth

Hello person who is reading this.

This post exists in order to announce 2 x exciting things!

Exciting thing the first:

I’ll be performing at one of the satellite events for the Commonwealth games on Thursday the 12th of April. Tales and Ales will feature some of my favourite humans, who also happen to be incredible performers and poets. This is a free event, so tell all your broke friends to show up.

Event info:

Come along to Tales and Ales to take in some of Queensland’s finest spoken word and hip hop.

Drop  in to hear Scott Wings, Anisa Nandaula, Hope One (Hot Brown Honey), The Architects of  Sound, Borrowed Verse, Josh Donellan and more. Don’t miss the live slam and resident DJ spinning tracks between acts.

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Festival website

Exciting thing the second:

I’ll be heading to our nation’s capital to headbutt Tony Abbott  perform and present at the Canberra Flash Fiction Fun Weekend. There will be a bunch of fantastic authors like Jackie French and Irma Gold presenting speeches and workshops. I’m especially excited about performing at the Tales After Dark event on Friday night.

Six Cold Feet season one

The complete first season of Six Cold Feet is now available. Step into the strange little town of Ullara, where the friendliest people have the deepest, darkest secrets…

You can listen right here or find us on apple podcasts, stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.

Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and all our patrons on Patreon! We’ll be back with season two in the not too distant future…

Aurealis

Between the podcast, poetry, my big fat secret project, and trying to finish two novels I haven’t had a lot of time to write short stories, but I’m thrilled to announce that I have a story in this month’s Aurealis. 

It’s probably one of the weirdest and darkest things I’ve ever written, but I also made sure to have jokes about garden gnomes and dentists. Something for everyone! Especially people who like dark comedies set in the afterlife.

I’m also very excited to have my work appear alongside the inimitable Joanne Anderton.

 

Six Cold Feet Episode 1- Born under a bad sign

We are very excited to share the first full episode of our series Six Cold Feet! In episode 1 we meet our narrator, River, and some of the curious inhabitants of the town of Ullara. River tells us about Harmony’s unusual past.

If you dig it please rate us on whatever podcast platform you use. If you don’t enjoy it, just keep that to yourself, m’okay?

love etc.