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I’ve been memed

I have been tagged by The Uncanny Broadcasting Brain. The Rules of this tag: 1. Link to your tagger and post these rules. 2. List eight (8) random facts about yourself. 3. Tag eight people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them). 4. Let them know they’ve been tagged […]

Doomsday Men: The Real Dr Strangelove and the Dream of the Superweapon by PD Smith

August 2007, Penguin, 9780713998153. (Aus, US/Kindle) At the beginning of the 20th Century, nuclear weapons were the stuff of science-fiction. Writers like HG Wells imagined a future where the incredible power of the atom could be unleashed to great destruction, and thus create no need for warfare. He, and other writers, artists and visionary scientists, […]

Poets on Wheels

Poets on Wheels last night came to Coffs Harbour. Pam Brown, Philip Hammial and Rebecca May shared some of their poems with a small (predominantly old) audience at the Coffs Harbour Library. Philip Hammial and Pam Brown are heavyweights, skilled and confident in form and subject. Rebecca May is raw and promising and a wonderful […]

Dead Women

My short story Dead Women has been published in the latest Hecate (Vol. 33, No. 1). Here is an extract: Lily woke up one morning to find Virginia Woolf sitting on the end of her bed. She instantly recognised the thin, protuberant cheekbones and phosphorescent eyes. She liked the way the dark morbid floral pattern […]

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Dark Roots – an interview with Cate Kennedy

This interview is now to be published in Southerly Vol. 68, No. 3. I am temporarily removing it from the blog as I highly encourage you to purchase a copy of this respected literary journal (Australia’s oldest), and support small press and Australian literature. This issue will be celebrating the short fiction genre. It’ll be […]

The Asking Game – Rose Michael

9780975022863, Transit Lounge, 2007 (Amazon) It is near-future Australia. Eve is hired on a new job, taking the code name ‘Alice’. Alice suffers from dreams that feel more like memories, yet are disconnected from her own experience. The job itself is deeply connected with Alice’s questions of self. All that she has pushed to the […]

Factory Girl vs. The Notorious Betty Page – Film Review

Factory Girl (dir. George Hickenlooper) and The Notorious Betty Page (dir. Mary Harron) were released on DVD in Australia in August, 2007. Factory Girl and The Notorious Betty Page both depict women whose circumstances lead them to positions of difference. TNBP is a slightly superior film in that Betty is likeable and believable in the […]

heterogenesis – a poem

it was not the kiss of the spider-woman that led him to Giovanni’s room so small a thing as a boy climbing fairy mountain it was not ennui of cohabitation that led her to jiggery-pokery tongue-flicks on a jew’s harp unsheathed fingertips not mutated but heteronumerous a pastiche of emotivity breast by cheek by bone […]

Sylvia Plath reads ‘Daddy’

I wanted to share my favourite YouTube clip so far. It is so amazing to hear her voice, and the visuals are well placed. Enjoy.

Dead Birds – Trevor Shearston

9780733320903, ABC Books, September 2007First published in the August 2007 issue of BOOKSELLER + PUBLISHER magazine (c) 2007 Thorpe-Bowker (a division of RR Bowker LLC) A New Guinean tribesman is killed by a spirit with lightning (a white man with a gun). His head is preserved in a jar and it’s from this point […]