Whirlwind month for Darwin author
Sean Guy took out the Brown’s Mart Theatre Award for his play, Under the Table.
Fresh off winning an award at the NT Literary Awards, Sean Guy is set to debut a play, a film and a new novel in the next month.
Sean’s took out the Brown’s Mart Theatre Award for his play, Under the Table, which will begin a three show run at the studio from 27 – 29 September.
Before that Enough, a film penned by Sean, will debut at The Deckchair Cinema on 23 September and on October 11 the third instalment of his fantasy series Seraph will be released.
“I’m still buzzing from the awards last night but it’s fair to say I’ve got a busy month coming up,” he said.
“The script for Under the Table is my first win at an awards and the funding really is imperative to help support the creative work of all independent artists.”
Sean moved to Darwin in 2008 and is a familiar face for visitors and locals alike having worked at popular independent The Bookshop in the Mall for the past 10 years.
His self-published urban fantasy series The Tower City Chronicles has developed a cult following and surpassed more than 1000 physical sales not including digital copies.
Sean said working at The Bookshop had “honestly been the most helpful thing”.
“Every day I’d meet other authors or publishers or even just honest people who would provide amazing advice and feedback,” he said.
“I also got to learn about how to do book launches and organise signings and The Bookshop has really taught me things essential to my success”.
In the past few years, Sean has been able to scale back his hours at The Bookshop to focus on his writing but said he is very much a “plodder”.
“There are generally two types of writers ‘pantsers’ and ‘plotters,” he said. “Pantsers will write by the seat of their pants whereas I really like to plan it out.”
The NT Literary Awards were held on 14 September at Northern Territory Library and is organised by Library and Archives NT (LANT).
General Manager Community Participation and Inclusion Samantha Livesley said the awards were extremely competitive with more than 200 submissions received across seven categories.
“The talent of our Territory authors is unquestionable and the standard gets higher every year,” she said.
“It isn’t an easy gig making a living in the creative arts and the support these awards provide can really make a big difference to the winners.
“I really hope people get out and experience Sean’s fantastic play and look into the works of the other winners this year.”
Sean said he had always been drawn to writing.
“It is funny to be considered prolific because a lot of what I’m working on I’ve actually been working on for more than a decade,” he said.
“I’ve always wanted to write. When I was given toys as a kid I always found it easier and more enjoyable to make up stories about the toys rather than play with the toys.
“Starting young gave me a really good foundation and I’ve been able to refine a lot of ideas as I got older and better at my craft.”
As for his views on whether everyone had a novel in them, Sean laughed.
“There is a great quote from author Christopher Hitchens who said: ‘everyone has a book in them but for some, that’s where it should stay’.”
More information about the awards can be found on the Library and Archives NT website.