Craig Sherborne’s Tree Palace and Craig Sherborne, #555writers

Yesterday: The plane is just about to descend as I draft this. Craig Sherborne is sitting in the row in front and I've just finished his beautiful novel Tree Palace. I've been completely lost in the story of this family of itinerants, or 'trants', as they call themselves in the book. The family—connected by both blood … Continue reading Craig Sherborne’s Tree Palace and Craig Sherborne, #555writers

The busiest months of my life to date continue + #555writers

Somewhere among editing a big hardcover book, writing and teaching a university course, submitting reviews and an essay, teaching workshops in SA, Vic and Tas, being interviewed for radio and newspapers about Captives, talking The Trip on the Death by Consumption podcast, filming a TV appearance (for Jennifer Byrne Presents: The Seven Deadly Sins—more on that soon), … Continue reading The busiest months of my life to date continue + #555writers

Light the Dark: Perth vigil for Reza Berati and asylum seekers

After a stimulating Perth Writers Festival I joined writers Thomas Keneally, Rosie Scott, Debra Adelaide, Linda Jaivin, David Marr, Antony Loewenstein, and publisher Terri-Ann White at the Perth candlelight vigil for Reza Berati, the young Iranian asylum seeker who was tragically killed on Manus Island. It was an understandably emotional event, as I'm sure were … Continue reading Light the Dark: Perth vigil for Reza Berati and asylum seekers

Enter the joanne burns award: Flashing the Square

This year, along with Richard Holt, I'll be judging the joanne burns award for microfiction and prose poems, tied in with the Flashing the Square project during Melbourne Writers' Festival in August. First prize for a microfiction or prose poem is $300. The winning and shortlisted entries will be published in the Spineless Wonders annual … Continue reading Enter the joanne burns award: Flashing the Square