I had the pleasure last night of launching The Special by David Stavanger, winner of the 2013 Thomas Shapcott Prize. The book is published by UQP and available now. David and I didn't know each other beforehand, but connected through words (in emails, but mainly through our work) and it was a wonderful night, with much warmth. … Continue reading Bodies, effort, straws: The Special by David Stavanger
Just a quick note to let you know that I'm launching Kirsten Krauth's complex, confronting, excellent debut novel just_a_girl in Castlemaine this weekend. It's only a hop from Melbourne so you should come. There will be music! See the Facebook invite here. And if you're not already following Kirsten's fantastic blog, do check it out.
Geeks! My latest published piece is an essay on Ghostbusters, in Geek Mook, to be launched at Bella Union bar, Trade's Hall, on 13 July. See the invite on Facebook. Pretty sure I'll be dressed up and reading a snippet from my essay, so do come along and ask me if you can please see the storage facility Mr Venkman. … Continue reading Geek Mook launch; Killings interview
This is cross-posted from Southerly, where I am blogging in December. Recently I attended the launch of Janet De Neefe’s new cookbook Bali: The Food of My Island Home. De Neefe moved to Bali 26 years ago after falling in love with the place and with a local man. She has founded two restaurants in Ubud: Casa … Continue reading Tempeh matters: the launch of Janet De Neefe’s Bali: The Food of My Island Home
* Awards galore this week! You've probably seen them already, but I thought I'd throw my two cents in on a couple of recent shortlists (click through to reviews/interviews/mentions previously featured on LM). The Age Book of the Year shortlist is out. Readings has reported it. I've read three of the fiction, but unfortunately none of the poetry or … Continue reading Recent awards shortlists, book launches galore, and some mid-week links
It doesn't happen often, but I'm feeling a bit that way today. And it's frustrating. Because I only really have a few hours on the weekend to work on fiction. I tapped out about 1000 words of 90s novel, but they weren't very inspired. They were limp and floppy. Hopefully next weekend will be better. … Continue reading Creative flaccidity
Mon 3 Nov - blog posted Sudeep's pics before work. Rode bike to work (environmentally friendly). Quiet office on the day before Melbourne Cup. Sweat at the gym after! Finished reading Ian Rankin's Doors Open (will review at some stage). Jumped on the email and there was lots of great feedback from Nam Le blog post. Flatmate's … Continue reading A Week in the Life of Miss LiteraryMinded