To be true ordinary you forgo the temptation to be better than you are. You feel no great effort in this. You feel perfectly natural and complete. False ordinary is a different matter entirely. It is an affectation you must work hard at.
The mainstream culture is comfortable with ordinary people. There are benefits therefore in holding yourself back. Beware false ordinary, embrace the true. How can you tell which is which, though?
Extraordinary memoirist, novelist and writer-of-all trades Craig Sherborne will tackle the question of ordinariness – its various kinds, what it means, and how to use (or fake) it to your advantage.
Venue and booking details for this event are forthcoming.
Craig Sherborne’s highly acclaimed memoir Hoi Polloi was published in 2005 and shortlisted for several literary awards. Its sequel, Muck, was published in 2007 and won the Queensland Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2008. His first novel, published by Text in 2011 The Amateur Science of Love (Text, 2011) won the 2012 Best Writing Prize and was short-listed for a Victorian Premier’s Literature Award. He is a former Wal Cherry Play of the Year award-winner. His verse-drama, Look at Everything Twice for Me, was published by Currency Press, his first volume of poetry, Bullion, by Penguin in 1995, and his second, Necessary Evil, by Black Inc. in 2005. Sherborne’s journalism and poetry have appeared in most of Australia’s leading literary journals and anthologies. (rodneyvc)