Thursday, 25 June 2015

Writing as Endurance Performance Art

Writing as performance art. An endurance performance. Have written and not yet published so many books, the thought of it gives one vertigo. I have talked about how I wanted to publish the novel I have written which is closer to the truth of what happened in Adelaide in the early 80s when I lived there, and not the entirley fictional book that I have published (interwoven with some recognisable features). Now I am wanting to do this again, to publsih the book on the "underground art scene" (ironic term) and no extremes of crime, murder, aristocratic connections or fugue as such. My first novel Australian Fugue: The Antipode Room is a metaphor for the fugue of unknowing that I lived in for a long time, as I have spoken of in the video. How many books can one publish, the one I want to publish now is shorter, and is more realistic. I could do this then the second main book, set in Northern Ireland soon after. I see writing and publishing as my art, as an artist not in the traditional mode of relations between author and publisher. So this is some advance information, another written work on art is imminent.

What drives me as a writer? this will become more apparent with my novel set in Northern Ireland, and with my non fiction book The Writer's Fugue, soon to be published online.
I will talk about it when these are available online, soon. Ultimately is is to share and communicate through literary writing, a form of processing and transformation, to share what I have learned through experience of working through aftereffects and moving on from the affects of life and death traumas.

Ruth Skilbeck, 25.6.15


Ruth Skilbeck was born in London, and has lived and worked in Dublin, London and Sydney as a freelance journalist for many publications, and radio including as a writer/presenter on the BBC World Service’s Book Choice, and as a part-time academic. She holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Writing from UTS (University of Technology, Sydney), and B.A. Honours in Philosophy from Birkbeck, University of London. She is author of The Writer’s Fugue, a musico-literary study.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Introducing the Author of the Fugue series- Youtube

In my previous post I included links to both the long and short videos of the first book talk and launch of my recently published literary fiction novel Australian Fugue: The Antipode Room (PostMistress Press: Newcastle) at the Australian National University exhibition I curated: Intertwined. In this post I am putting up the link to the shorter televised segment, which is also now up on YouTube, with an extract of my talk and launch. In this I talk about how I was driven to write the novel, and uncannily found that I had written about a character with a resemblance to an ancestor I had known nothing of when I wrote my novel, a world-famous female violinist at the turn of the twentieth century. I am writing about her in the Fugue series.

Australian Fugue: The Antipode Room is the start of a series of novels which become progressively more 'realistic' yet fictionalised as the main character discovers the hidden history that she then reinvents in a historical story. In the video I talk about my book and research (click the image to play).



                             Author and artist Ruth Skilbeck talking about art and fugue 





Australian Fugue: The Antipode Room (PostMistress Press: Newcastle ISBN 13 978-0-9922779-2-5) available as a paperback and Kindle ebook via Amazon at this link.
http://www.amazon.com/Australian-Fugue-The-Antipode-Room/dp/0992277922

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Fugue Book Launch Televised now on Youtube


The first book talk and launch of Australian Fugue: The Antipode Room at the exhibition I co-curated Intertwined at the ANU was televised, and the television shows are now up on YouTube, with an extract of my talk and launch, links are here. 
This is the start of a series of novels which will become progressively more 'realistic' yet fictionalised as the main character discovers the hidden history that she then reinvents in a historical story. I talked a bit about this and how the writing is linked to my art work, in the launch talk (click the images to play) : Australian Fugue: The Antipode Room book talk and launch short
(Pictured above: Ruth Skilbeck)
Australian Fugue: The Antipode Room book launch and talk - long. 
Pictured Lesley Dimmick OAM (left) artist and director of Tap Gallery, who was recently awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her longstanding contribution to the visual arts in Australia, with artist and poet and former director of Tap Gallery, Irena Storay (right). 





Art works in the background. 
In the shorter video, the art works are "Rainy Window" by Paloma Concierta, on the left side of the screen, "Untitled" by Denise Ferris in the centre, "Last Things" by Ruth Skilbeck with wall essay "First Things: Reflections on Single-lens Digital Photography with a Wide-angle Lens" on the left side. 

In the longer video, the show is opened by Ruth Skilbeck, co curator, the curators all speak, about their philosophies and art as mothers.