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Writing on writing: guest post by Harry Bingham

Writing on writing: guest post by Harry Bingham

  I’ve been a professional writer for more than ten years,  but it was only recently, when asked to produce a How to Write book by A&C Black/Bloomsbury, that I came to think systematically about this craft of ours. I mean ‘systematically’ in two different dimensions. First, there’s the whole area of technique. How, precisely, […]

The epic qualities of outwardly ordinary lives: <i>By Nightfall</i> and Michael Cunningham in Australia

The epic qualities of outwardly ordinary lives: By Nightfall and Michael Cunningham in Australia

By Nightfall, Michael Cunningham, HarperCollins (Aus pb, Aus ebook, US and Kindle, UK) Over the past few days I’ve been in the audience of four sessions featuring my favourite American author Michael Cunningham. Cunningham’s latest novel is By Nightfall. I’ve drafted a few posts on it since I read it, but was never able to adequately […]

20 classics in 2011: blog project

20 classics in 2011: blog project

I am going to read 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. All book-lovers have gaps in their reading – how could you possibly read everything? In recent years I’ve been fairly up-to-speed with newer books and Australian literature, but I’ll often find myself in conversation, saying ‘oh, I haven’t read such-and-such yet’. People often assume I […]

‘I want to read that, too!’ Wanting to know and be everything (but then take my time with something)

‘I want to read that, too!’ Wanting to know and be everything (but then take my time with something)

The Christmas party season is in full swing. I’ve forgotten names, drank too much, jumped on a trampoline, been told secrets, held hands with sweaty strangers (swing dancing), stuttered (kinda a new one) and swapped WIP stories with emerging and published writers. There’s a lot of pressure to be in the know. To have read […]

Read and received lately

Read and received lately

Read Freedom Jonathan Franzen Fourth Estate Of course you’ve heard of it. I liked it. I appreciated it, really. It took over me a little while I was reading it. I felt really blue. The characters get inside of you, because they’re so fully-formed, and there’s much space for them. The opening reminded me of Richard […]

Last weekend’s literary connectivity, and what I’ve been reading lately

Last weekend’s literary connectivity, and what I’ve been reading lately

On the weekend I was up in sunny Brisbane for the Australian Booksellers Association 2010 conference. It’s a conference for members and friends of the ABA – so, booksellers, publishers, and some librarians and media. I was officially there as a ‘blogger’ – on a panel called ‘Customers, Connections and Communities’, with Andrew McDonald from […]

Joe Meno coming to Sydney Writers Festival (and some event updates)

Joe Meno coming to Sydney Writers Festival (and some event updates)

The program for Sydney Writers Festival, which runs May 15 to 23, was revealed today. I’m still deciding on whether I’m going to make it up to Sydney for it or not, as I do have involvement in the Emerging Writers Festival here in Melbourne (for which the program is released on April 22). I had a […]

Perth Writers Festival 2010 diary, part one: ‘mint’ ideas

Perth Writers Festival 2010 diary, part one: ‘mint’ ideas

We live ‘by and through and for ideas’ said AC Grayling at last night’s opening address. But the majority of ideas that we possess, that have shaped us – the way we see and react to the world – are unconscious or at least unexamined. Spinoza said that freedom came from making the ‘inadequate’ ideas ‘adequate’, that […]

Meeting Alex Miller part four: on re-reading, storytelling, and writing as a woman

Meeting Alex Miller part four: on re-reading, storytelling, and writing as a woman

See also – part one: on the origins of a contemporary story; part two: on wisdom and imagination and part three: on cross-eyed novels, the time we have, and liberties of language. My feature interview with Alex Miller on his new novel, Lovesong (Aus, US), was published in Readings Monthly. You can find it here. […]

1993 – a pivotal year (with thanks to Mrs Grant)

1993 – a pivotal year (with thanks to Mrs Grant)

Besides my Oma, the person who most encouraged my writing when I was a child was my year 3 teacher, Mrs Grant. She was an exchange teacher from Canada and we all grew to love her so much that it was devastating the day she left. She was so sweet that one time, when my best friend […]