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Guest review: Raili Simojoki on <i>harvest: issue 5</i>

Guest review: Raili Simojoki on harvest: issue 5

August 17, 2010 2 Comments

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 […]

Guest review: Raili Simojoki on Benjamin Law’s <i>The Family Law</i>

Guest review: Raili Simojoki on Benjamin Law’s The Family Law

May 26, 2010 3 Comments

The Family Law Benjamin Law Black Inc. 9781863954785 June 2010 (Aus, US) Reviewed by Raili Simojoki. Benjamin Law’s first book, The Family Law, is a collection of themed essays about his eccentric yet endearing family. His shorter pieces offer quirky insights into eclectic topics such as green burial, sleep deprivation, homosexuality healing workshops, and 90s […]

Cate Kennedy’s <i>The World Beneath</i>

Cate Kennedy’s The World Beneath

December 10, 2009 2 Comments

Scribe September 2009 9781921372964 (Aus, Grove US) There’s no doubt Cate Kennedy is one of Australia’s most perceptive writers. Her short stories, which can be found in various journals and the collection Dark Roots, are rich in character and often contemplate moments of connection, all the misfires and failed connections, and their consequences. In The World Beneath, Rich wants to […]

This cumulative kind of effect when you stop: an interview with Emily Maguire on <i>Smoke in the Room</i>, part one

This cumulative kind of effect when you stop: an interview with Emily Maguire on Smoke in the Room, part one

November 3, 2009 4 Comments

In Smoke in the Room (Aus), three characters end up in a share house in Sydney. Katie works on instinct and is weighted by an overwhelming empathy. Adam, an American, is grieving and needs to save money to get home. Graeme, an aid worker, has rid himself of possessions and simplified his existence. In this […]

I’m Terribly Afraid I Might Spontaneously Combust

I’m Terribly Afraid I Might Spontaneously Combust

October 19, 2008 8 Comments

Never have I felt this burning, scorching, bubbling of my insides so intensely before. I have previously likened the process of idea and inspiration for a story as being like a ‘brew’. The ingredients begin to react together inside your mind and pop and spit until it spills over onto the page as a draft. But this time… I […]

‘I Wanted to Talk About Being Completely Screwed Over by the Corporate Machine With a Smile on My Face’ – William Kostakis on <i>Loathing Lola</i>

‘I Wanted to Talk About Being Completely Screwed Over by the Corporate Machine With a Smile on My Face’ – William Kostakis on Loathing Lola

October 7, 2008 4 Comments

Loathing Lola, William Kostakis, Pan Macmillan, 2008, Australia, 9780330424165 You rewrote the whole book to be in first person (no mean feat!), in Courtney’s point of view. How did you come to this decision? Okay, so originally, Loathing Lola was in the third person, with three leads, Courtney, Tim and Katie. Well, four leads, if you included […]

<i>Loathing Lola</i> – William Kostakis

Loathing Lola – William Kostakis

October 2, 2008 2 Comments

Pan Macmillan, 2008, Australia, 9780330424165 Courtney Marlow becomes the star of new reality TV Show Real Teens despite the fact that she doesn’t watch much reality TV. Her boyfriend, Liam, had encouraged her to audition. Is she following through just for him? And how will she cope with cameras in her face just months after […]