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When things don’t fit: An interview with Mel Campbell, author of <i>Out of Shape</i>

When things don’t fit: An interview with Mel Campbell, author of Out of Shape

Guest Post by Myriam Robin Melbourne-based critic and journalist Mel Campbell is the author of Out of Shape, her first book, which was released at the start of June. In the book, Campbell charts her own relationship to clothing, as well as how notions of ‘fit’ and correct dress have persisted and changed throughout the […]

Chris Somerville's <i>We Are Not The Same Anymore</i>: an interview

Chris Somerville's We Are Not The Same Anymore: an interview

On the release of Chris Somerville's debut collection of short stories, I interviewed the Brisbane based author on epigraphs, water motifs and placelessness.

'I know when I am writing erotica or literary fiction. I feel it in my body': an interview with Krissy Kneen

'I know when I am writing erotica or literary fiction. I feel it in my body': an interview with Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen’s new novel Steeplechase is a claustrophobic, unsettling story of two sisters linked by art and madness. It is also her first non-erotic work. Before the Melbourne launch of the novel at Readings tonight, I interviewed Kneen on the line between erotic and non-erotic literature, equine metaphors, and her fascination with the taboo.

Marked in ink: the Younger Young Writers’ Program

Marked in ink: the Younger Young Writers’ Program

This interview is cross-posted from NYWF where I’m one of the official bloggers this year. When I walk into the launch of the Younger Young Writers’ Journal on the final night of NYWF, the young writers are covered in blue paint, faint blue marks smudged on their cheeks from journals recently printed, the ink not yet […]

An interview with Christian Lander from <i>Stuff White People Like</i>

An interview with Christian Lander from Stuff White People Like

This interview is cross-posted from NYWF where I’m one of the official bloggers this year. It’s easy to doubt yourself when writing to Christian Lander. But it’s only after I send him my interview questions that I realise they’re written in Helvetica and that I’ve just potentially marked myself as hopelessly ‘white person’ too. Lander has […]

eBooks and serendipity machines: an interview with Connor Tomas O'Brien

eBooks and serendipity machines: an interview with Connor Tomas O'Brien

This interview is cross-posted from NYWF where I’m one of the official bloggers this year. There’s a small link at the top of Bkclb’s Infinite Book project which directs to the Wikipedia entry on Borges’ The Book of Sand – a typically curious Borges tale about a book of all books that is ‘exactly infinite’: possessing […]

‘Writing, making, drinking, thinking’: Interview with NYWF co-director Pip Smith.

‘Writing, making, drinking, thinking’: Interview with NYWF co-director Pip Smith.

I asked co-director Pip Smith a few questions about the program and what we can expect at this year’s festival.

'I don’t write for people who already know what they think': Interview with Anna Krien on <i>Us and Them</i>

'I don’t write for people who already know what they think': Interview with Anna Krien on Us and Them

‘Let’s not kid ourselves. The injustice is complete. This is not a debate over whether our treatment of animals is unethical or not. It’s unethical. We know this…The question is: just how much injustice do we want to partake in?’ Earlier this year, Anna Krien wrote a Quarterly Essay on our nuanced and often contradictory […]

Lisa Dempster emerges as new Melbourne Writers Festival Director

Lisa Dempster emerges as new Melbourne Writers Festival Director

The Melbourne Writers Festival launches next week, and is Steve Grimwade’s last as festival Director. It has been an unusual time in the literary festival scene, with the Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Emerging Writers’ Festivals all changing Directors. Yesterday afternoon, Bookseller + Publisher announced that Lisa Dempster, outgoing Director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) […]

Writing Another Jakarta: An Interview with Ruby J. Murray

Writing Another Jakarta: An Interview with Ruby J. Murray

Guest Post by Rebecca Harkins-Cross Ruby J. Murray’s debut novel Running Dogs explores how mythologies, both political and personal, may influence the trajectory of our lives. Protagonist Diana is an Australian aid worker living in Jakarta (an experience that Murray herself had in 2009-10), who occupies a liminal space as neither tourist nor insider in […]