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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 […]

Aussies up for largest worldwide literary prize: IMPAC Dublin longlist

Aussies up for largest worldwide literary prize: IMPAC Dublin longlist

The longlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is nominated by libraries worldwide, so it’s no surprise that Australian books have been put forward by Australian libraries. Nonetheless, the €100,000 prize is nothing to balk at. It’s a long longlist, but an interesting one. I like seeing the flavour of different libraries in different […]

A dream-logic London squid riff: an interview with China Miéville (part two)

A dream-logic London squid riff: an interview with China Miéville (part two)

Read part one here. Angela Meyer: Just going back to what you were sort of talking about, the excessive nature of Kraken (Aus, US, UK) and chucking everything in – I’m really interested in your writing and I just find it so rich but at the same time I found I still was reading it […]

A dream-logic London squid riff: an interview with China Miéville (part one)

A dream-logic London squid riff: an interview with China Miéville (part one)

China Miéville’s Kraken (Aus, US, UK) is savvy, exuberant, sci-fantastical fiction – a novel about a stolen giant squid and the ensuing adventures of museum curator Billy Harrow. It’s a super-fun read, set in a richly imaginative alternate London, filled with sassy, dirty, sweet, dangerous and apparitious characters. It was great to be able to have […]

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part three: future cities, beautiful rhythms and a literal ending

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part three: future cities, beautiful rhythms and a literal ending

‘I just blogged’ I said to my friends when I ran into them, flustered, between sessions. Chris Flynn looked at me and said ‘that sounds dirty’, like ‘I just did a blog’, ‘I just dropped one’ and other variations. And now, the word blog is RUINED for me. But I was enlightened by two things: […]

It begins! Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part one: champagne, the city, Mieville’s guns, Amsterdam’s awards and Schlink’s guilt

It begins! Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part one: champagne, the city, Mieville’s guns, Amsterdam’s awards and Schlink’s guilt

Thursday 20/8 The elevator ride up to the Text Publishing par-tay on Thursday evening was devastatingly long (I’m a semi-claustrophobe, to add to my other semi-disorders). I met up with Kathy Charles beforehand (a Text author) to discuss my launching of her book, Hollywood Ending. The champagne flowed, the conversations were half-chewed like the piece […]

A callout of sorts, plus some killing, space and Eggers

A callout of sorts, plus some killing, space and Eggers

Hello litnibblets, Exciting things are afoot. Book launches, Melbourne Writers Festival, my first spoken word poetry gig, an illustrated short story zine project, and in a few months, National Young Writers Festival and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (I’m doing panels at both). How did you like Sam Cooney’s guest review? I’m looking to do […]