Appearance on Jennifer Byrne Presents: Envy

I was honoured to be a guest on Jennifer Byrne Presents, an offshoot of the First Tuesday Book Club, to discuss one of the seven deadly sins, envy, along with Greg Sheridan, Lyndon Terracini and Kate McClymont. The show aired on 19 August on ABC, and will be available for a limited time on iview. There's also an outtake … Continue reading Appearance on Jennifer Byrne Presents: Envy

Bustin’ makes me feel good: Geek Mook

Geek Mook (Vignette Press) has now been released, with my essay 'Bustin' makes me feel good'. Can you guess what it's about? Maybe the picture of me from the launch to the left here will help. Or this. Or this. The Mook features stories, poetry and articles on everything 'geek'-related, from Star Trek to coding, pro-wrestling, gaming, steam punk, Twitter, … Continue reading Bustin’ makes me feel good: Geek Mook

Marilyn Monroe died 50 years ago + my favourite books about Marilyn

I've been thinking about Marilyn, particularly because she was born in the same year as my grandmother who just passed away. My Nanna had a whole 50 years more of life. She wasn't famous but she had a loving family (something Marilyn lacked and longed for). Arthur Miller said: 'To understand Marilyn best, you have to … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe died 50 years ago + my favourite books about Marilyn

LiteraryMinded does Sydney Film Festival 2012

I'm officially on holidays (though still doing some reviews etc.) and enjoying the Sydney Film Festival, good friends, whisky bars... I'm not sure if I'll blog (at length) about the fest. I've set two activities instead. The main one is to take something from the film I've just seen and write something creative from it. So … Continue reading LiteraryMinded does Sydney Film Festival 2012

Thoughts on Shakespeare and Anonymous

Are you a Stratfordian or an Oxfordian? For a long time I’ve avoided the debate around Shakespeare’s ‘true identity’. Partly because, like many people, I enjoy the romantic idea of the enigmatic genius. And partly because any debate around authorship (I believed) could potentially take away from the focus on, and the enjoyment of, the … Continue reading Thoughts on Shakespeare and Anonymous