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Emerging Writers’ Festival 2013: an interview with Director Sam Twyford-Moore

Emerging Writers’ Festival 2013: an interview with Director Sam Twyford-Moore

Beginning as a one-day zine fair in 2004, the Emerging Writers Festival has expanded to ten days of events, workshops, panel discussions and gala nights, as well as digital events using the #ewf13 hashtag — and it all begins next week! I’m very excited to be a part of two events this year: hosting a masterclass […]

Tony Abbott, ebook author

Tony Abbott, ebook author

Today, Tony Abbott, like Australia’s own Hannah Horvath, announced the publication of an ebook. Titled The Little Book of Big Labor Waste — invoking perhaps the wildly successful late-90s Little Book of Calm — the Coalition’s new work takes as its theme “60 examples of Labor waste and mismanagement from the Gillard Government,” an ironic inversion of the meditation […]

Trying and Failing at Febfast: on Jill Stark’s <i> High Sobriety </i>

Trying and Failing at Febfast: on Jill Stark’s High Sobriety

Guest Post by Stephanie Van Schilt Minutes after finishing High Sobriety – Jill Stark’s memoir about her year without alcohol – I attended a birthday party…for a bar. I literally put the book down, got dressed up and ran out the door to celebrate the liquor loving life. In the past, this obvious irony would […]

The persistence of gender: a Stella Miles Franklin shortlist

The persistence of gender: a Stella Miles Franklin shortlist

There is no question that the debates around gender in literary awards have been important and resulted in real culture change. Yet I feel an uneasiness that it has reached the point where gender has become almost the primary concern in reportage.

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All-female 2013 Miles Franklin shortlist announced

All-female 2013 Miles Franklin shortlist announced

Five novels make the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist, and they're all by female authors

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.

Notes from the Stella Prize

Notes from the Stella Prize

The overwhelming experience of being at the awards was female writers and authors supporting one another, and the new national award they had created.

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013 program highlights

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013 program highlights

The full Sydney Writers’ Festival program has just been released and new Director Jemma Birrell has curated a wonderful line up. As well as showcasing our incredible Australian writers and authors, I’m particularly excited about the international guests coming out — such as Diego Marani, Anis Mojgani, Naomi Wolf, James Wood, Karl Ove Knausgaard, even […]

‘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.

There’s No Such Thing As Real America: Ron Rash’s <i>Nothing Gold Can Stay</i>

There’s No Such Thing As Real America: Ron Rash’s Nothing Gold Can Stay

Guest Post I’ve visited Charleston, South Carolina, a few times. It’s a beautiful city: old, by US standards, retaining some of the aesthetic quirks of British and French colonialism. There’s narrow cobblestone streets, Art Deco buildings and elaborate white mansions. Strangers on the street ask about your day. And there’s the location: the lower half […]

The female protagonist as writer — <i>Girls</i> part II

The female protagonist as writer — Girls part II

“Usually when people say they want to be a writer, they really don’t want to do anything except eat and masturbate.” – Ray. The second season of HBO’s Girls has been consistently amusing in its representation of the experience of life as a writer. Though the series has again provoked debates about sex (and, this season, […]

Female dominated Miles Franklin longlist

Female dominated Miles Franklin longlist

This year the Miles Franklin longlist was released via a slow literary striptease from the Trust Company – revealing, one twitpic at a time, the covers of the ten novels. And what an interesting longlist it is. Not only decidedly free from the controversy that plagued it in 2009 and 2011 following all-male shortlists that saw […]

All-fiction Stella Prize shortlist announced

All-fiction Stella Prize shortlist announced

It’s an all-fiction shortlist for the inaugural Stella Prize, Australia’s first major new literary award for women’s writing that aims to “celebrate women’s contributions to Australian literature.” Six works make it to the list, down from a longlist of twelve. While all are fiction, there is a variety of genres — with a collection of short […]

An Orange by another name: Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist announced

An Orange by another name: Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist announced

The longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange Prize, was announced today in the UK. The prize is an international award for women’s writing in English, that aims to celebrate “the very best full length fiction written by women throughout the world.” Telecommunications company Orange, who worked in developing and […]

Unearthing herstory: Courtney Collins’ <i>The Burial</i>

Unearthing herstory: Courtney Collins’ The Burial

Guest Post  “If the dirt could speak, whose story would it tell?” In her debut novel The Burial, Courtney Collins supposes that the earth would favour the stories of those who are furthest from it, ‘the ones who are suspended in flight’. The dirt must long for these distant stories the way a child yearns […]