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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Meeting Alex Miller part three: on cross-eyed novels, the time we have, and liberties of language

Meeting Alex Miller part three: on cross-eyed novels, the time we have, and liberties of language

See also – part one: on the origins of a contemporary story and part two: on wisdom and imagination. My feature interview with Alex Miller on his new novel, Lovesong (Aus, US), was published in Readings Monthly. You can find it here.  When asked what his favourite is of all his novels, Miller smiled and […]

Meeting Alex Miller part two: on wisdom and imagination

Meeting Alex Miller part two: on wisdom and imagination

See also – ‘part one: on the origins of a contemporary story‘. My feature interview with Alex Miller on his new novel, Lovesong (Aus, US), was published in Readings Monthly. You can find it here. Miller spoke proudly about his 18-year-old daughter, who told him, when he said he was writing a ‘simple love story’, […]

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 […]

Guest review: Tom Conyers on <i>Readings and Writings: Forty Years in Books</i>

Guest review: Tom Conyers on Readings and Writings: Forty Years in Books

Jason Cotter and Michael Williams (eds) 2009 9781740668217 With Readings and Writings: Forty Years in Books, there doesn’t appear to have been an overriding theme or subject limitation placed on the contributors. Instead, the writers involved, who have all had supportive associations with Readings Books & Music (Melbourne) over the years, are given free reign. […]

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 […]

Let’s Have a Conversation

Let’s Have a Conversation

Good-weekend lit-lovelies, Check out the crowd in the reading room! You can view some more pictures from The Death Mook launch here. This was absolutely the highlight of my week. I had to have a few wines before reading to deal with the nerves, damn them, and because there was such a big crowd! Dion and Lisa […]