It’s Monday, but somehow it feels like Wednesday. Time doesn’t run quite straight here. Timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly and all that. I’m preparing for another afternoon of critiquing. Four crits to deliver. I’ve read and critted all the pieces, but that was between late August and Early September, so I have to do another read through to remind myself of the pieces so I can talk sensibly about them. We only have four minutes to deliver what we want to say, but that’s plenty of time. After the critiquing has gone around the room, the author gets uninterrupted right of reply and then it mutates into a general discussion. We can also give the written piece back to the author at the end, or email it if we’ve done any line edits that are not worth bringing up in the spoken crit. We start at 2.00 and each crit takes about an hour. There’s a break for Trigonos’ excellent cake at 4.00. In some years we’ve had to start early and finish late because we’ve had up to six crits in a day, but this year it’s worked out that we have a steady four crits a day. Today it’s the turn of Russell Smith, Mark Bilsborough, Victor Ocampo and Tanya Haimbe in the hot seat.
Have an early morning view of the lake taken from Trigonos’ dining room. Even when it’s murky this is, truly, a lovely place to hang out in for a week.