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Verity La interview

Alec Patric has asked me a few probing questions over at Verity La. If you’re interested in me as a writer (and person), or are curious about my work, you might want to check it out.

Let’s read writing by women

A new committee is being set up to pursue equal rights for women writers in Australia. Besides research, lobbying and setting up mentorships, the committee is looking at establishing a literary prize for Australian women writers, along the lines of the UK’s Orange Prize. The steering committee (including novelist and publisher Sophie Cunningham, critic and […]

Quick update: festivals

This weekend: The Newstead Short Story Tattoo. Short stories, bonfires, lovely people. Majorly sad I have to miss it this year. Go if you can. Stop on the way for pies and cakes. Get intimate with masters of the short form from Josephine Rowe to Ian Irvine to Don Walker. In one week: Sydney Writers’ Festival […]

<i>LiteraryMinded</i> turns four

LiteraryMinded turns four

‘I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don’t really exist if you don’t.’ — Vladimir Nabokov At the moment I spend half my days at a scratched antique table, the chair beneath me creaking with age. On my left is a pile of books and papers including about eight literary journals I’ve […]

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<i>Bothersome Words</i> wins ‘Word’ category in Best Australian Blogs comp

Bothersome Words wins ‘Word’ category in Best Australian Blogs comp

Remember how a few weeks ago I said I was a judge in the Sydney Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blogs 2011 competition? Well the winners have now been announced. Sydney Writers’ Centre whittled down the entrants for me in the ‘Word’ category to a list of five finalists: Call My Agent, Bothersome Words, Creative Penn, Graham Storrs and […]

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on <i>Embassytown</i> by China Miéville

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on Embassytown by China Miéville

9780230754317 Pan Macmillan, May 2011 (Aus, UK, US/Kindle) Reviewed by Lyndon Riggall I admit defeat. I’ve been trying to present these events with a structure. I simply don’t know how everything happened. Perhaps because I didn’t pay proper attention, perhaps because it wasn’t a narrative, but for whatever reasons, it doesn’t want to be what I want to […]

Brief review of <i>The Kid on the Karaoke Stage</i> in this month’s <i>ABR</i>

Brief review of The Kid on the Karaoke Stage in this month’s ABR

Just a quick note to say that I wrote an ‘in brief’ review of the excellent short story collection The Kid on the Karaoke Stage and Other Stories, edited by Georgia Richter (Aus), for this month’s Australian Book Review, out now in print and online. Here’s an extract: ‘While the stories in The Kid on the Karaoke […]

Guest review: Imogen Baratta on <i>Blue Skies</i> by Helen Hodgman

Guest review: Imogen Baratta on Blue Skies by Helen Hodgman

Text Publishing 9781921758133, March 2011 (Aus) (also UK) Reviewed by Imogen Baratta Helen Hodgman’s Blue Skies tells the story of an unnamed young wife and mother living in the ‘heart shaped island’ of Tasmania. The agonising banality of her day-to-day life plays out within the confines of stark, suffocating suburbia, amid the manicured lawns and […]

20 classics in 2011 #6: <i>Brave New World</i> by Aldous Huxley

20 classics in 2011 #6: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I love Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, and dystopian fiction in general. Plus, the sections of my work-in-progress that people have read have been compared to Brave New World. I thought it was about time I read it […]

Guest review: Alice Grundy on <i>Mr Peanut</i> by Adam Ross

Guest review: Alice Grundy on Mr Peanut by Adam Ross

Vintage, 9780099535379 (Aus, UK, US) Reviewed by Alice Grundy The cover of Adam Ross’ first novel, Mr Peanut, is swathed in praise from no lesser lights than Stephen King and Michiko Kakutani. The title page features a reproduction of Escher’s ‘Mobius’ flagging the role of the double in the plot. All the signs point towards […]