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Happy holidays

Happy holidays

Two gorgeous 1930s cartoons that my sister and I used to watch every festive season. You might remember them too: Warm wishes to all my readers!

Guest review: Derek Motion on Tiggy Johnson’s <i>First Taste</i>

Guest review: Derek Motion on Tiggy Johnson’s First Taste

Page Seventeen, 2010 9780980813609 Reviewed by Derek Motion                 I often have to catch the bus out to the university, and from the stop near my house the journey takes around 15 minutes. This parcel of time is – if you get straight on to the task and don’t waste any time looking out the window […]

1993 – a pivotal year (with thanks to Mrs Grant)

1993 – a pivotal year (with thanks to Mrs Grant)

Besides my Oma, the person who most encouraged my writing when I was a child was my year 3 teacher, Mrs Grant. She was an exchange teacher from Canada and we all grew to love her so much that it was devastating the day she left. She was so sweet that one time, when my best friend […]

How did I live without them?

How did I live without them?

Just some of the treats in boxes shipped down by my ‘rents this week… (Thanks Mum & Dad! x) Missed my Marilyn collection! I am a movie buff, yes. Hello childhood! Macauley Culkin is my boyfriend. The Roald Dahl box sets were a present from Mum and Dad when I was about nine, and my sister […]

Adam Ford on life, superheroes, poetry, his Twitter novel and <i>The Third Fruit is a Bird</i>

Adam Ford on life, superheroes, poetry, his Twitter novel and The Third Fruit is a Bird

Who is your favourite superhero and why? I’d love to say it’s some less-well-known-to-the-general-public superhero like Machine Man or Metamorpho, but to be honest it’s a tie between Superman and Spider-Man, partly because their costumes are so striking and colourful, partly because they’re both nice-guy superheroes who always try to use their powers to help […]

Love, sex and intimacy with Krissy Kneen, author of <i>Affection</i> (a <i>LiteraryMinded</i> ‘responsive’ interview)

Love, sex and intimacy with Krissy Kneen, author of Affection (a LiteraryMinded ‘responsive’ interview)

Affection: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy Text Publishing 9781921520617 August 2009 (Aus, US) Prompts: LiteraryMinded Responses: Krissy Kneen Things that are fast/things that are slow Motorcycles.  Rollercoaster. Pick ups.  Orgasms.  All too fast.  Slow would be nice.  Slow is the ideal, something to aspire to.  It all ends too quickly.  Everything. And the […]

I wanted to marry Michael Jackson

I wanted to marry Michael Jackson

<– Little Ange with my first love on the wall. The first short story I ever wrote, and read aloud, was called ‘Michael Jackson and the Magic Hat’. I was in Year 3. Besides the magic hat, there was mystery, romance and intrigue. My best friends in Year 3 – Genna and Rebecca – both messaged […]

The inability to relax (an experiment in the confessional)

The inability to relax (an experiment in the confessional)

It’s not often that I feel calm. I have supernovas going off in my head, squirmy things in my muscles and fingertips. I’m sore all the time because I exercise so much. It’s one of the only ways to expend the energy, wear me down, expend the effort effort effort. And I love the zing […]