Aussies up for largest worldwide literary prize: IMPAC Dublin longlist

The longlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is nominated by libraries worldwide, so it's no surprise that Australian books have been put forward by Australian libraries. Nonetheless, the €100,000 prize is nothing to balk at. It's a long longlist, but an interesting one. I like seeing the flavour of different libraries in different … Continue reading Aussies up for largest worldwide literary prize: IMPAC Dublin longlist

Vote for the author! Craig Silvey for Cleo Bachelor of the Year (oh, and he’s on the Miles Franklin longlist)

Not only is Jasper Jones author Craig Silvey longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, he's up for Cleo Bachelor of the Year! Go and vote for the lovely and talented (and yes, cute) Mr Silvey here. I chaired a panel with Craig and Eleanor Catton at the recent Perth Writers Festival, and remember one middle-aged … Continue reading Vote for the author! Craig Silvey for Cleo Bachelor of the Year (oh, and he’s on the Miles Franklin longlist)

Perth Writers Festival 2010 diary, part three: ‘I have just three questions…’

The last three days just slipped by. I thought I felt the Earth rotating beneath my feet on Monday night as I watched the sun set on Cottesloe Beach. My first sunset. A pink ribbon with little ships in it. Some people paused and others continued splashing and squawking like the rainbow birds. On the University campus, … Continue reading Perth Writers Festival 2010 diary, part three: ‘I have just three questions…’