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October, 2008


Nam Le – a ‘responsive’ interview

The Boat, Nam Le, 2008, Penguin – Hamish Hamilton (Aus, US), 9780241015414 Sentences – LiteraryMinded Responses – Nam Le * The terminal point, point of contemplation. The idea of terminus is critical to narrative: what (and where) is the point that occasions the narrative?  What needs finishing in order for articulation to start?  Because a narrative, [...]

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90s Novel Research is Going Well

Thanks to everyone who has emailed, messaged, posted things etc. I’m incredibly grateful to get your own personalised remembrances of the mid 90s. Feel free to keep on sending. Did anyone know anyone who was in a band in Australia then? Perhaps MySpace can help me with this. Wiki, YouTube, and eBay have all been [...]

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Other People’s Favourite Books – Chris Pash on Larry McMurty’s Lonesome Dove

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. I did the old-style traditional stint as a cadet journalist on a newspaper but most of my life has been spent doing hard news fast as a newswires reporter, correspondent, bureau chief and editor in charge. Tight 350 word news stories. In the mid 1990s [...]

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The Goose Bath: Poems – Janet Frame

9780980416541, WilkinsFarago (2008, Australia) After reading Faces in the Water by Janet Frame about a year ago, I vowed I would read more of her work. The prose was absorbing and raw, and really striking. When I heard that Melbourne publisher WilkinsFarago were bringing out a collection of her poetry I couldn’t wait to dive [...]

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‘So, How Was the National Young Writers’ Festival?’

Unfortunately I didn’t make it to NYWF this year, an annual literary alchoholic-ginger-beer-fuelled fest held in Newcastle as part of This is Not Art (TiNA). So I asked a few friends to share an experience or two of their weekend in early October. Amy Vought Barker: Our remix masterclass was great. We did cut ups [...]

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Page Seventeen Launch – November 8, 2008

Come and see me shimmer (due to nervous shakiness) on stage, reading from my shortlisted short story ‘Mentioning Ben’ which features dinosaur bones and ghosts of marriages past… I would love to meet some of my Vic readers. And I know at least three people on my blogroll will be there if you’ve been enjoying them too! [...]

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I’m Terribly Afraid I Might Spontaneously Combust

Never have I felt this burning, scorching, bubbling of my insides so intensely before. I have previously likened the process of idea and inspiration for a story as being like a ‘brew’. The ingredients begin to react together inside your mind and pop and spit until it spills over onto the page as a draft. But this time… I [...]

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Overland 192

Overland is an Australian literary journal that has been around for over fifty years. It claims to be ‘temper democratic, bias Australian’ and is proudly left-leaning. I got my hands on the Spring issue (no. 192) at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival and have been devouring the eclectic selection of articles, poetry, stories, and reviews here [...]

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Man Booker Prize Winner Aravind Adiga Survived the HSC

See, William? Those difficult, long-winded questions in the HSC English exam might actually nourish talent or passion in a writer, and s/he could go on to won one of literature’s most prestigious prizes! For those of you who have been hiding under a rock or doona today (it’s always a good idea every now and [...]

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Two Short Stories I Like

I came across this wonderful story by Charlotte Wood on her website, after reading The Children, called ‘Honeymoon’ And winner of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Novice Writers Award - Joseph Ryan’s ‘Stranger Than Beautiful’

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