Thank you to everyone that came along to the Passing of the Pen on the 17th of March. We had a great turn out with such a supportive crowd of both long-term supporters of SPP and those new to the literary initiative.
Many of us were flushed with delight from the free red wine and the slightly sinister delights of John Lombard’s radio play performed by Josh, Casey, Monique and Linda also featuring Duncan Felton on sound as well as the fabulously inventive and comical poetry of Charlie Quinn. It would not be a proper Scissors Paper Pen event if we didn’t hear a memoir piece from Rosie. She enthralled us with a story about longing to get out of her small blue mountains home town and what ensued when she did! Thank you to all those who performed and got up to make a speech and to Beth Monzo for ending the evening with her beautiful and appropriately titled song, ‘An Ending’.
As part of the event we asked those attending to write down some thoughts about the night or fond memories of Scissors Paper Pen so that we could collect up the contributions at the end of the evening and eventually turn them into something smashing. We had many lovely messages of jubilant support as well as poetic expressions of love for SPP and the Canberra writing community. This little project shall surface on the blog soon.
We’d like to say to the old guard; Rosie Stevens, Duncan Felton, Adelaide Rief and Lucy Nelson, thank you for believing in us and our abilities; for selecting us and supporting us through the transition of taking on these startling, new roles. It’s been incredible to have you so enthusiastically believe we are right to take over the running of your beloved Scissors Paper Pen.
And of course, many thanks to Noted for holding the event during their amazing writers festival, and to Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres for providing us with a venue. Finally, thank you to Ruth and Adam for taking many of the photos shown here and on social media. You can check out more of Adam’s work on Flickr.
Here are some photos from the night’s festivities.
The fabulous poet Charlie Quinn performing their work
The old guard saying a few words about their experience of setting up Scissors Paper Pen
Josh, Casey, Monique, Linda and Duncan Felton performing John Lombard’s radio play