Wednesday
May242017

An Uncertain Prognosis

I wrote this essay about my cancer diagnosis and the US election. It was a hard piece to write but a good piece to write. I was really, really thrilled that the awesome folk at The Lifted Brow published it online.

Here are the first two paragraphs ...

I follow the run up to the US election largely via social media, the three debates and the Saturday Night Live parodies of the debates. Like most people I know, I almost enjoy the horrific buffoonery of Trump and celebrate each time he makes another monumentally offensive gaffe. The bus recording. Threatening to imprison Secretary Clinton. I watch an interview Clinton does with Mary J Blige where Clinton talks a lot about children and families, opportunity and community. I know which world I’d rather live in. Surely this is a lay down misère.

My GP agrees the lump in my breast is worth getting checked. I first felt something strange about twelve months ago, had it checked out and all was clear. To me this feels like the same lump transformed, a restless satellite that has moved or grown. But perhaps it’s a new one. Anyway now I can see it on the surface. An elegant, tiny slope underneath puckered skin. I wait until after my period. Twice. In case it’s just hormones making the lump dance. But it’s pretty clear this lump is not one of those many tender, sliding cysts that hovers within the domes of my breasts.

Read more here: http://theliftedbrow.com/post/158486001236/an-uncertain-prognosis-by-emilie-collyer

 

Sunday
Sep112016

Story in Aurealis - Danger to Society

Stoked to have a story - Danger to Society - in the current issue of Aurealis, one of Australia's leading science fiction and fantasy magazines.

Story Behind the Story:

“It has been said that for evil men to accomplish their purpose it is only necessary that good men should do nothing.” This quote, attributed to Reverend Charles F. Aked, has been much adapted and used by politicians and world leaders. I took it as the starting point for a story about the deliberate and calculated silencing of good people. I am fascinated by celebrity culture, and how it provides certain people with a voice not granted to many. What would it take for a person in this position to use their influence and in the process potentially sacrifice that privilege? In terms of setting, I was really inspired by Duncan Jones’s stunning film Moon when imagining this piece. I wanted to create a bleak but also beautiful landscape that would mirror the bleak and the beautiful in the current world as we know it.

Buy Aurealis Issues #94 here.

Thursday
Sep012016

Overland Article

I wrote a piece about the question of quotas in major arts organisations, the question of merit and the quandary fof growing up girl in a male visual world.

The wonderful Overland was kind enough to publish it.

https://overland.org.au/2016/09/the-tipping-point-a-case-for-gender-quotas-in-the-arts/

 

Friday
Mar112016

MTC Women in Theatre Program 2016

I am honoured and thrilled to have been selected as the playwright in the Melbourne Theatre Company Women in Theatre Program for 2016.

Looking forward to a year of stimulation, learning and networking with awesome existing peers and new ones.

Oh and my mentor is the amazing Hannie Rayson. Just saying :)

Friday
Jan152016

The Good Girl hits The Big Apple!

My play The Good Girl is having its US Premiere in February 2016. I am so excited and also extremely grateful to the Melbourne City of Literature who have provided a grant that allows me to attend rehearsals and the opening week of the season!

It's being produced by a fabulous independent company called Joyseekers Theatre and will play at 59E59 Theatres from 11 February - 28 February 2016.

All details at these links:

Joyseekers Theatre

59E59 Theaters