Lost in Track Changes

Lost in Track Changes

by Cate KennedyRyan O'Neill and Fiona Capp

Publication Date: 11/05/2015


Lost in Track Changes is a project from if:book Australia that takes the personal and intimate craft of memoir and turns it over to the cut-and-paste transformation of remix culture, combined with a hint of old-fashioned parlour games.

Five writers have written a short piece of memoir, a vignette. Each work is then passed on to another author within the group, tasked with transforming the piece into something else. In the background, if:book tracks the changes. The newly minted remix is passed along again and so on until each of the pieces have passed through all five writers in the group.

This edition, designed by Megan Hoogenboom, allows the reader complete access not only to the original texts ad remixes produced by the authors, but the complete editing data between. It is a book that encourages you skip through the stories, turning the “track changes”  on and off and to lose yourself in its many twists and turns.

if:book Australia is part of the Queensland Writers Centre. This project has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and QUT Creative Industries.

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Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely.

Her first collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal.

She is also the author of a travel memoir, Sing, and Don’t Cry, and the poetry collections Joyflight, Signs of Other Fires and The Taste of River Water, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2011. She lives on a secluded bend of the Broken River in north-east Victoria.

Ryan O'Neill

Ryan O’Neill is the author of The Weight of a Human Heart.

He was born in Glasgow in 1975 and has lived in Africa, Europe and Asia before settling in Newcastle, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. His fiction has appeared in The Best Australian Stories, The Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin, New Australian Stories, Wet Ink, Etchings and Westerly.

His work has won the Hal Porter and Roland Robinson awards and been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Steele Rudd Award and the Age Short-Story Prize. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.

Fiona Capp

Fiona Capp is the internationally published, award-winning author of three works of non-fiction, including That Oceanic Feeling, a memoir about her love for the sea and surfing.

She is the author of a non-fiction book about Australian poet Judith Wright My Blood's Country as well as four novels: Night Surfing, Last Of The Sane Days, Musk & Byrne and, most recently, Gotland, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards

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