AsylumFest 2022

AsylumFest 2022

So we went on a road trip—Kaaron Warren, Aaron Dries, Robert Hood, Cat Sparks and I—to Beechworth Asylum and the inaugural AsylumFest. Spent an excellent weekend hanging with friends old and new, spoke with ghosts on a paranormal tour, recorded two live shows of Let The Cat In, sold books, bought books, and generally had a banger of a weekend. Already looking forward to AsylumFest 2023!

Check out photos of the weekend courtesy of the inestimable Cat Sparks (from whom the picture here is lovingly stolen). 

Reading: The Tub

Reading: The Tub

I was lucky enough to join a group at Conflux this year giving readings from recent stories. I read from The Tub and maybe got a little too into it… (photos by Cat Sparks.)

JAS reads from The Tub at Conflux
J. Ashley-Smith reads from The Tub
J. Ashley-Smith reads from The Tub
J. Ashley-Smith reads from The Tub
Conflux 16, 2022

Conflux 16, 2022

Goodbye, #conflux16! Thanks for an outstanding weekend. Had the best time hanging with my peeps, making new friends and talking myself hoarse. This community is absolutely the best. ❤️

Want to vicariously enjoy all the fun that was had? Check out Cat Sparks’ flickr reel

Ariadne, I Love You wins a Ditmar!

Ariadne, I Love You wins a Ditmar!

So Ariadne, I Love You won best novella at the Ditmar Awards on Saturday. Absolutely bonkers when you look at the books it was up against. I managed to pull it together enough to give a semi-coherent acceptance speech – this time not just a long list of happy expletives.

Congrats to all the nominees and this year’s winners. But an extra solid shout-out to J.S. Breukelaar who won best novel for The Bridge. A twofer for Meerkat Press!

How fkn chuffed do these kats look?

 

J Ashley-Smith and JS Breukelaar pointing at their Ditmar Awards