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‘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.

A talisman of luck and love: Gillian Mears’ <i>Foal’s Bread</i>

A talisman of luck and love: Gillian Mears’ Foal’s Bread

This review is cross-posted from the Wheeler Centre’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards series.  It is a talisman of luck, and love. Foal’s bread – both the object and the novel – is a strange, rare and mesmerising thing. ‘Just every now and then,’ he explained, ‘a foal is born with something that looks like a little slice of […]

Smells like community spirit: TiNA and the National Young Writers Festival

Smells like community spirit: TiNA and the National Young Writers Festival

At the end of September every year, Newcastle is besieged by writers and artists flocking to the city for four days of workshops, performances, panel discussions and the sort of drinking that usually happens when young creative types gather. This is Not Art is a national independent arts festival for emerging and experimental writers, performers […]

Man Booker 2012 shortlist announced

Man Booker 2012 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 44th annual Man Booker Prize was announced last night in the UK and it’s a list that supports ‘new guard’ novelists and independent publishers. The announcement of the longlist in July surprised many in its omission of new releases by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction such as Peter […]

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‘Your words, my pictures’: Brenda Niall’s <i>True North</i>

‘Your words, my pictures’: Brenda Niall’s True North

This review is cross-posted from the Wheeler Centre‘s Victorian Premier’s Literary Award series.  The most fascinating section of Brenda Niall’s biography of the Durack sisters is the penultimate chapter, ‘The Making of Eddie Burrup.’ As with most artistic controversies involving a nom de plume (or, in this case, de brush), with time, the pseudonym tends […]

<i>Going Down Swinging</i> #33 launch: Interview with Geoff Lemon

Going Down Swinging #33 launch: Interview with Geoff Lemon

Amongst all the many panel discussions, debates, and ‘in conversations’, the Melbourne Writers Festival is the site of launches for new and established literary magazines. MWF has hosted the Big Issue Fiction Edition, Seven Stories, Veranda and Above Water to name just a few. The closing night of MWF tomorrow will see the launch of the latest issue of Going Down […]

Plato, P-rn and Wilde: Notes from the Melbourne Writers Festival — part two

Plato, P-rn and Wilde: Notes from the Melbourne Writers Festival — part two

Day Two The second day of the festival brought the New Yorker event I had been waiting for, The New Yorker: What’s the Story? This time set at BMW Edge, with a smaller cast from the magazine – editorial director Henry Finder, staff writer David Grann and music critic Sasha Frere-Jones. Though the Keynote may […]

Critics, upstarts and PowerPoint devils: Notes from the Melbourne Writers Festival — part one

Critics, upstarts and PowerPoint devils: Notes from the Melbourne Writers Festival — part one

Writers festivals are my favourite time to be in any city. The streets are buzzing and there’s an excitement about discussions of writing, politics and ideas. I’ve been lucky enough to be travelling a little this year for writerly events. I’ve been to the Sydney Writers Festival, Varuna, and next month I’ll be in Newcastle for the National […]

‘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) […]

Advancing the ‘new guard’: 2012 Man Booker Prize longlist announced

Advancing the ‘new guard’: 2012 Man Booker Prize longlist announced

The longlist for the 44th annual Man Booker Prize was announced last night in the UK. The prize ‘aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland,’ with the overall winner receiving a £50,000 […]

Guest Post — The Happiness of the Anti-Father: Martin Amis’s <i>Lionel Asbo</i>

Guest Post — The Happiness of the Anti-Father: Martin Amis’s Lionel Asbo

 Guest post by Lucas Smith Stories about sudden wealth acquisition too often become morality tales about the inutility of money to enduring happiness. Lionel Asbo, Martin Amis’s fifteenth work of fiction, is a refreshing tale of a man made immensely and permanently happy by his money. The stupid, vindictive, loutish and possibly murderous anti-hero, Lionel […]

2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award winners announced

2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award winners announced

      The winners of the fifth annual Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced today at the National Library of Australia. The awards, which ‘celebrate the contribution of Australian literature and history to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life,’ are the richest in Australia, with $80,000 going to the winner in each category, as well as $5,000 to […]

Melbourne Writers Festival program launched

Melbourne Writers Festival program launched

Last night under the glass shards of the atrium at Federation Square the Melbourne Writers Festival program was officially launched. It’s Steve Grimwade’s final year as Festival Director and he delivered an enthusiastic outline of the events happening throughout the festival, which runs from 23 August to 2 September. There are several events I’m quite […]

To read or not to read: idreambooks.com and the guidance of frowning clouds

To read or not to read: idreambooks.com and the guidance of frowning clouds

The means we use to select new books are often obscure. Books don’t receive the same sort of blanket advertising as new release films or television series. Though there are always exceptions – such as the highly effective billboard in Times Square for Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot, or the relatively recent phenomenon of book […]