I've really enjoyed reading this year's Best Australian Stories (which includes my story 'Too Solid Flesh', originally published in Island 137). One commonality I found between the stories, which reminded me of the power of fiction (what it can do), was an emotional complexity that can only be 'shown', not explained. For example, in Julienne van Loon's 'Bring … Continue reading Best Australian Stories 2014, ed. Amanda Lohrey
The Family Law Benjamin Law Black Inc. 9781863954785 June 2010 (Aus, US) Reviewed by Raili Simojoki. Benjamin Law’s first book, The Family Law, is a collection of themed essays about his eccentric yet endearing family. His shorter pieces offer quirky insights into eclectic topics such as green burial, sleep deprivation, homosexuality healing workshops, and 90s … Continue reading Guest review: Raili Simojoki on Benjamin Law’s The Family Law
So you may have heard about author Raj Patel being deemed a Messiah by a religious group after appearing on The Colbert Report recently. Well I have heard more exciting rumours, that Patel - the author of The Value of Nothing - will be gracing our shores at Sydney Writers Festival this year. The program for the … Continue reading Raj Patel: Messiah? Or Sydney Writers Festival guest…?
Hey gang. Are you cool? Be cool. Only got about a quarter of the response to this month's haiku comp - doh! The them was 'the richness of the internet'. Thinking I might have to do it only every two months, or perhaps the topic was hard? Nonetheless, there were a few good'uns. The winner … Continue reading Big fat round-up post + May haiku comp winners