Sustainability in the Australian book industry

I've just completed a series of snapshots on sustainability in Australian publishing and bookselling, for Books+Publishing (subscription required): Part 1 provided an overall intro and looked at what publishers are doing. Part 2 looked at where most of the emissions come from, greener book production and printing practices, whether there are alternatives to the paper we currently use, and … Continue reading Sustainability in the Australian book industry

The Second Life Book Club with me and Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay (author of the brilliant The Animals in That Country) and I recently appeared on the Second Life Book Club, with Draxtor. The set was an incredible floating cloud. Laura was an orca and I was a Bowie-hawk. We talked animals, minds being invaded, taking years to write a novel, 'method' writing, genre … Continue reading The Second Life Book Club with me and Laura Jean McKay

New essay in Reading Like an Australian Writer 

I have a new essay in Reading Like an Australian Writer, an anthology of writers examining the techniques, storytelling ways, and sometimes strange magic of other writers via a range of styles: personal, responsive, academic, analytical. It's aimed at emerging writers, writing students, but also fans of Australian literature and reading in general. It's an … Continue reading New essay in Reading Like an Australian Writer 

Saltire First Book Award shortlist and freelance editing

It's been a golden, packed few weeks: panels and workshops (and whisky) at the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival in Cygnet, Tasmania; teaching a gorgeous group of writers in my Faber Academy class on 'how to edit your own writing'; finishing my full time job in publishing (bittersweet!); and being shortlisted in Scotland's prestigious … Continue reading Saltire First Book Award shortlist and freelance editing

Readings Prize shortlist and A Superior Spectre out now in the UK

I've just returned from a wonderful UK mini-tour for A Superior Spectre, which is now released there by Saraband. My first reviews, in the Daily Mail and The Herald Scotland (both linked here), have been positive, thankfully, and I'm still processing all the events, and the people I met and hung out with along the way. The Edinburgh International … Continue reading Readings Prize shortlist and A Superior Spectre out now in the UK

‘Nothing Missed’ published in War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia

I'm at this extremely satisfying point in my writing career where I'm being asked to contribute to both literary and genre publications. May it go on forever! Most recently, I have published a story, 'Nothing Missed', in the anthology War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia, edited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequeira and Bryce Stevens. My story … Continue reading ‘Nothing Missed’ published in War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia