Towards the end of last year I added an Australian puppetry links page here. It’s listed above with the other site navigation tabs. It is a little more than links because there are brief notes with some of the entries. I also started up @OzPuppetry, a Twitter account for Australian puppetry news, which you can see running real-time updates in the widget in the sidebar to the left.
What prompted me to do both was the frustration I felt when I received an out-of-the-blue email asking my thoughts on the ‘puppetry industry, or lack thereof’, in Australia. Although in many ways I’m only on the periphery of the industry, I was aware of lots of exciting and diverse puppetry at the time, as I tried to convey (pdf). So I decided to write down publicly what I did know as links, and to track news as I saw it on Twitter.
But I should say straight up that I don’t know how long I’ll keep doing either. At the moment I’m enjoying it, but I don’t intend to tie myself to it if my interest wanes. Also, with many of the puppetry community here taking to FaceBook for notifications and networking, perhaps it is only a matter of time before it becomes redundant?