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Miles Franklin 2011: the short shortlist

April 19, 2011 11 Comments

Just in. The books shortlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award are: Bereft by Chris Womersley That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott When Colts Ran by Roger McDonald Of course, the comment has begun (on Twitter) about the fact that there are only three books. Martin Shaw says (@thebooksdesk) ‘A shortlist of 3 becomes […]

Miles Franklin Award shortlist, 2010

Miles Franklin Award shortlist, 2010

April 23, 2010 18 Comments

Guten Tag. I’ve a piece in today’s Crikey newsletter: Miles Franklin Award: Alex Miller Puts in the Boot. It begins: ‘Are there too many literary awards in Australia, and is our oldest one “slipping away”? If an Australian literary award was provided increased funding and focus, would the Miles Franklin be the most relevant?’ You […]

Meeting Alex Miller part one: on the origins of a contemporary story

Meeting Alex Miller part one: on the origins of a contemporary story

December 1, 2009 5 Comments

Recently I interviewed Alex Miller about his new novel Lovesong  (Aus, US) for Readings Monthly. As many of you know, Miller is not only one of Australia’s finest authors, but he’s one of my personal favourites, so I took this wonderful opportunity to extend my conversation with him to his other works, as well as writing and life […]

Thoughts on 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner <i>Breath</i>, by Tim Winton

Thoughts on 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Breath, by Tim Winton

June 22, 2009 22 Comments

Breath, Tim Winton, Penguin, 9780143009580 (Aus, US) Breath is my first Tim Winton. Yes, I know. He’s just not someone I had gotten to yet. And yes, I will read Cloudstreet, eventually. Last week, Breath was awarded our nation’s most prestigious literary prize – the Miles Franklin Literary Award, which is for books that in […]

Sausage-fest (token Miles Franklin shortlist post)

Sausage-fest (token Miles Franklin shortlist post)

April 17, 2009 30 Comments

          The Miles Franklin Literary Award 2009 shortlist. So they’re all dudes. But hey, thankfully the judges didn’t attempt to be politically correct and throw in a chick ‘for the sake of fairness’. I have so far only read one of the shortlisted titles (and have another in my reading pile […]

Strike a pose

Strike a pose

March 29, 2009 9 Comments

Some stuff in my week: * A photo shoot for Emerging Writers’ Festival promo material with freelance/TV/ comedy writer Mia Timpano (I love this article of hers, have a look around her website while you’re there); librarian/comedian Josh Earl; games writer (and writer in various other mediums) Paul Callaghan; and comedian Xavier Michelides. We had to ‘pretend […]