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Birds of a feather: Melbourne Writers Festival 2011 diary, part two

Birds of a feather: Melbourne Writers Festival 2011 diary, part two

Angela Meyer August 30, 2011 3 Comments

Left: A burrowing owl [source] In the back of my notebook is the beginning of a drawing of an escalator. I was hiding between things, being alone; couldn’t sit still, started tweeting. Should have gone outside and found some birds. I attended the session Birds of a Feather mainly because I love to hear people […]

Lab coats, lit journals & marrying frogs: Melbourne Writers Festival 2011 diary, part one

Lab coats, lit journals & marrying frogs: Melbourne Writers Festival 2011 diary, part one

Angela Meyer August 27, 2011 2 Comments

It’s that time of the year again, where authors, poets, thinkers and drinkers congregate in Melbourne, and we go along to hear their thoughts about work and life. As I was away in the lead-up, I’m not doing any chairing or official duties this year. I get to go along and enjoy the talks, readings, […]

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part seven: debuts, exquisite short fiction, the bleak outsider, and erotic celebration

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part seven: debuts, exquisite short fiction, the bleak outsider, and erotic celebration

Angela Meyer August 29, 2009 14 Comments

Friday 28/8 Debut With Style was chaired by Mr McSweeney’s, Eli Horowitz, and on the panel were Evie Wyld, Reif Larsen, Hitomi Kanehara (pictured below) and Lisa Unger. All had a different experience of ‘debuting’. Larsen had a ‘burning desire’ to write The Collected Works of TS Spivetand the publication was almost a bonus. Unger wrote […]

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part two: Grenville, Michaels and the ‘engine of curiosity’

Angela Meyer August 22, 2009

Stories everywhere: The guy in the ACMI cafe shares my love of David Bowie, and they make a mean ham toastie. The title of the session Oranges are the Only Fruit alludes the the Orange Prize, which guests Anne Michaels and Kate Grenville have both won. Peter Clarke was a generous and intelligent chair, steering […]

<i>The Danger Game</i> by Kalinda Ashton

The Danger Game by Kalinda Ashton

Angela Meyer July 30, 2009 12 Comments

Sleepers Publishing August 2009, Australia 9781740668132 Three children – one insular, one bold, and one stubborn and growing – dare each other to undertake dangerous or humiliating tasks in the ‘danger game’. Their lives are daring enough, with an unstable father and a mother on-edge, and mature secrets inside each of their little heads. Only two of […]

Nam Le – a ‘responsive’ interview

Nam Le – a ‘responsive’ interview

Angela Meyer October 31, 2008 9 Comments

The Boat, Nam Le, 2008, Penguin – Hamish Hamilton (Aus, US), 9780241015414 Sentences – LiteraryMinded Responses – Nam Le * The terminal point, point of contemplation. The idea of terminus is critical to narrative: what (and where) is the point that occasions the narrative?  What needs finishing in order for articulation to start?  Because a narrative, […]