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Guest review: Elizabeth Bryer on Josephine Rowe’s <i>How a Moth Becomes a Boat</i>

Guest review: Elizabeth Bryer on Josephine Rowe’s How a Moth Becomes a Boat

How a Moth Becomes a Boat Josephine Rowe Hunter Publishers, 2010 (Aus) 9780980397420 Reviewed by Elizabeth Bryer In Meanjin 67:2, 2008, Wayne Macauley describes the painstaking process he underwent in his search for a publisher for his allegorical novel, Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe, which went on to receive rave reviews and was even picked for […]

Dog’s Tails: storytelling nights at Dog’s Bar, St Kilda

Dog’s Tails: storytelling nights at Dog’s Bar, St Kilda

It’s a Thursday. Gand I put on our coats and walk briskly down Acland Street, St Kilda, to the warm, busy, art-filled Dog’s Bar for the weekly storytelling event ‘Dog’s Tails’. It’s about 7:30 and we order a glass of the Dog’s Shiraz. Curators of the storytelling event, Chris Flynn and Josephine Rowe, are there already, eating […]

Perth Writers Festival 2010 diary, part three: ‘I have just three questions…’

Perth Writers Festival 2010 diary, part three: ‘I have just three questions…’

The last three days just slipped by. I thought I felt the Earth rotating beneath my feet on Monday night as I watched the sun set on Cottesloe Beach. My first sunset. A pink ribbon with little ships in it. Some people paused and others continued splashing and squawking like the rainbow birds. On the University campus, […]

‘Obsolescence’ (an extract)

‘Obsolescence’ (an extract)

My short story ‘Obsolescence’ is the story representing the country of Norway (and the city of Bergen) in The Lifted Brow 6: Atlas. There are stories, songs, poems, illustrations and limericks representing every country in the world in this amazing, ambitious issue (book + 2 CDs). I’m so happy to be among contributors like Eddy Current […]

Brethren is one of my favourite words (but that has nothing to do with <i>Peril</i>, my best books of 2009, Kafka’s diary, or an <i>Overland</i> blog guest post)

Brethren is one of my favourite words (but that has nothing to do with Peril, my best books of 2009, Kafka’s diary, or an Overland blog guest post)

* This week I went to the launch of Peril, edition 8: ‘why are people so unkind’? It featured readings, and a fun, sexy performance by Ladies of Colour Agency that made me want to get up an shake it, baby. Maxine Clarke, who performed her poetry, gives a very warm of a rundown of […]

Bike, tram and bar launches

Bike, tram and bar launches

Wow, what a week! On Monday afternoon I fell off my bike, gorifying one knee, but it is starting to heal up. Unfortunately my bike is still f**ked. The front brake is in love with the front wheel and won’t let go of it. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to get it looked at soon. […]

Newstead Short Story Tattoo

Newstead Short Story Tattoo

Pictured: The Fictitious Woman readers at the Dig Cafe: Eleanor Marney, Zoe Dattner (behind, who chaired), Carmel Bird, Cate Kennedy, Tiggy Johnson, Janet Barker, Josephine Rowe and moi. The inaugural Newstead Short Story Tattoo took place 15 to 17 May 2009. We gathered, we listened, we absorbed, we read, we learnt, we escaped, we were […]

<i>The Lifted Brow No. 4</i>

The Lifted Brow No. 4

9780980595406, 2009, Australia Several truly amazing, innovative and startlingly written stories are contained within the pages of The Lifted Brow No. 4. Unfortunately, there are so many stories in this issue that several ordinary, often pointless and quirk-for-the-sake-of-it ones have also snuck in, making it a bit of a treasure hunt read. The book also […]

The silver set and the beautiful people

The silver set and the beautiful people

(Yes, I’ve changed the format of my titles, it’s not a boo-boo). I attended the Summer Read Awards at the State Library yesterday afternoon (winner I am Melba, Ann Blainey), and was still surprised (but shouldn’t be) to hear that most of the voters were of the silver set – and voted by snail mail […]

I Do it For Love

I Do it For Love

Let me start out by saying I have a terrible headache, but I blog because I love you. Happy Valentines Day, readers. I hope you didn’t get too commercial. I hope you wrote a heartfelt poem or song, no matter how shoddy. I spent the day with Charles Darwin, but more on that later in […]