Guest review: Elena Gomez on Kill Your Darlings Issue One

I was really excited when Ange asked me to review the very first issue of new literary journal Kill Your Darlings, created by some hip Melbourne literary-types, edited by Affirm Press’s Rebecca Starford. Then I read its opening article: Gideon Haigh’s scathing piece on the Australian book review landscape. I got a little stage fright … Continue reading Guest review: Elena Gomez on Kill Your Darlings Issue One

A few sessions at Writers at the Convent, 2010

I caught three sessions at Writers at the Convent last weekend – run by Reader’s Feast Bookstore, held at the gorgeous Abbotsford Convent. The session ‘We’ll always have Paris’ featured chef Shannon Bennett (Shannon Bennett’s Paris) and Elizabeth Bard (Lunch in Paris) who is a New Yorker living in that magical city. Bennett is a Melbourne-based chef/restaurateur … Continue reading A few sessions at Writers at the Convent, 2010

Guest review: Elena Gomez on Janine Burke’s Source: Nature’s Healing Role in Art and Writing

Allen & Unwin November 2009 (Aus) 9781741759177 The meticulous research that went into this book is a testament to renowned art historian Janine Burke’s passion for art and its influences. In Source, she explores the resonating impact of nature and environment on the works of various writers and artists of the modern era. I have … Continue reading Guest review: Elena Gomez on Janine Burke’s Source: Nature’s Healing Role in Art and Writing

Guest review: Elena Gomez on Mic Looby’s Paradise Updated

9780980374667 September 2009 (Aus/ Kindle) Affirm Press If you didn’t already know that Mic Looby was once a Lonely Planet writer and editor, it’s not difficult to guess, reading his debut novel, Paradise Updated. In it, the satirically named 'SmallWorld' publishers dominate the guidebook industry and the bloke who made them what they are today, legendary … Continue reading Guest review: Elena Gomez on Mic Looby’s Paradise Updated