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August, 2010


Chris Womersley’s Bereft

This review first appeared in the August issue of Bookseller+Publisher, and is cross-posted over at Bookseller+Publisher‘s Fancy Goods blog. Bereft Chris Womersley Scribe, September 2010 (Australia) 9781921640605 Chris Womersley’s Bereft, his second novel after 2008’s award-winning The Low Road, is a rich, gripping tale of love, loss, conflict and salvation. The prologue states that in 1912, during a [...]

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Melbourne Writers Festival blog

Just a quick note to say I may not be updating over here quite as much over the next few weeks as I’ll be full-on over at the Melbourne Writers Festival blog. You’ll see I’ve been pretty busy over there already, asking some of the MWF guests to respond to random topics such as listening, [...]

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Brass Monkey Books: a cultural exchange between Indian and Australian literature

When I was working at Bookseller+Publisher, Kabita Dhara wrote an article for us on her Asialink residency in India. In New Delhi, Kabita worked on literature that had been translated into English from India’s many regional languages, with a view to understanding the processes behind choosing a title for translation and assessing markets for it. Kabita, [...]

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Like, embrace the pain: the Bret Easton Ellis interview (part 2)

It’s very telling, you know? Find part 1, right here, folks. Kathy: My two very favourite novels of all time are Lunar Park, and Pet Sematary by Stephen King, which kind of makes perfect sense… Bret: Yes, it does. Kathy: I’m really interested in the idea that Lunar Park may be becoming a film. I’m [...]

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Like, embrace the pain: the Bret Easton Ellis interview (part 1)

Pictured: Carrie, Samantha, Carrie Let’s begin at the end. After Kathy Charles and I finished our interview with the very engaging Bret Easton Ellis, we sat with his publicist over a couple of glasses of Chandon, waiting for Ellis to wrap-up with our friend Robbie Coleman. Robbie emerged, white-faced and swearing, revealing that the interviewee had turned interviewer [...]

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Guest review: Raili Simojoki on harvest: issue 5

harvest: issue 5 reviewed by Raili Simojoki Harvest ’s gentle, reflective, sometimes anxious writing appeals to Gen Y romantics who, dissatisfied by the disconnected, disposable information generated by mass media, are drawn instead to the poetic, intricate, and meandering. Editor Davina Bell speaks directly to this audience in her essay ‘To my Generation of Precious [...]

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Byron Bay Writers Festival 2010 diary, part 3

A sun-drenched and possibly superficial series of blog posts On Saturday afternoon I chaired a panel on magic, and expanding our ideas of the conventional world, with speculative fiction author and astrologer Kim Falconer, and Dutch poet and Voodoo Priestess Maria van Daalen. There was such a great vibe to this panel. I went in [...]

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Byron Bay Writers Festival 2010 diary, part 2

A sun-drenched and possibly superficial series of blog posts On Friday I had my first three panels. I won’t go into too much detail, but there were highlights – such as being on stage alongside Tom Cho on one, and Krissy Kneen on another (and not as a chair, but fellow writer); meeting Susan Wyndham, [...]

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Byron Bay Writers Festival 2010 diary, part 1

A sun-drenched and possibly superficial series of blog posts Around 9pm on Wednesday night I rolled into Gold Coast airport. My talented friend Omar Musa was on the same bus into Byron and we decided we should go out and wreak some havoc. Havoc was kebabs and a quiet pub where a young blonde man by [...]

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Byron time

A quick post, lit-lovelies. I’m on a laptop near the beach (sort-of) but I’m posting between my workshop this morning (which was so fantastic) and a radio interview, while lining up another radio interview and catch-ups and trying to answer a few emails. Who has time to read? Just wanted to say, I’ll be charging [...]

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