Sean Williams

The Adventures of AntarcticaSean Part Two: Arrival

posted on 2 Mar 2017 at 2:42 am
Continuing from Part One: “Anticipation” Wednesday Flight FA070S is scheduled for 7am, check-in no later than 5.30am. The night before, I’m feeling tired after a long and fulfilling day, but it’s hard to sleep. Thankfully a text comes

The Adventures of AntarcticaSean Part One: Anticipation

posted on at 12:00 am
Intro Alan Dean Foster first put me on the path to Antarctica. His 1982 novelisation of The Thing captured my imagination with its vivid descriptions of the “worst desert on Earth”, and of course I wanted to go there. Immediately. Thirty-five yea

2016 in Words

posted on 1 Jan 2017 at 10:58 am
The last time I endured (warning: First World Problem) a year without a new book was 1999, so I expected 2016 to be something of a challenge. Not so. It was nice to slip out of the publishing machine for a bit–and of course there was still plen

2016 in Music

posted on 31 Dec 2016 at 10:00 pm
I’m not sure I’ve explored a single new ambient artist this year, which is a reflection on my state of mind rather than the state of the music industry. It’s been a year of reinvention and complication on the professional and person

Antarctica, Here I Come!

posted on 15 Dec 2016 at 11:47 pm
I first met Kim Stanley Robinson in Hobart, 1995, when he was on his way to the South Pole. Author of the Mars trilogy and Antarctica, he suggested I look to the Australian Antarctic Division as a possible means of fulfilling my dream of visiting the

Fuzzy Lollies (The Adventures of Canberra Sean)

posted on 9 Oct 2016 at 7:37 am
So! I survived my eminent writer’s residency in the nation’s capital. I even Storified it, and this is the most comprehensive account of my adventures, containing photos, videos, all manner of of things. The tl;dr version goes something l

The Eminent Resident of Old Canberra Town

posted on 3 Sep 2016 at 1:09 am
For the month of September, I will be in Canberra as the 2016 ACT Writer-in-Residence, an initiative of the ACT Writers Centre in collaboration with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. What does this mean? It means I’ll

2015: Done and Dusted

posted on 31 Dec 2015 at 7:55 am
It’s been a complicated year. There have been downs as well as ups, but this post is all about the ups. So here we go. From here on it’s all good news! 2015 was the twentieth anniversary of the launch of my first novel, The Unknown Soldie

2015 in Ambience

posted on at 12:02 am
This was a weird year for me, music-wise. I practically inhaled all of Steven Wilson‘s backlist (including Porcupine Tree and other collaborations), which left little space for my usual ambient explorations. Also, I finally bailed on eMusic. So

Ants Attack the Ruby Awards

posted on 16 Dec 2015 at 4:16 am
2015 will be remembered as the year fluourescent insects invaded the annual party held to celebrate artistic achievement in South Australia. It began with a massive poem/word jam (by me) painted on a black wall, then artist Thom Buchanan took over, w