Newman! The Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards axing

You've probably heard by now that one of the first acts of the new QLD Premier Campbell Newman was to get rid of the state's own literary awards. Of course, the literary community across Australia is pissed off, particularly because the awards have given many emerging and Indigenous writers their break, including Amy Barker, Karen … Continue reading Newman! The Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards axing

Guest review: Sam Cooney on I Can See My House From Here: UTS Writers’ Anthology 2010

I Can See My House From Here: UTS Writers’ Anthology 2010 Reviewed by Sam Cooney University anthologies are often pedestrian and insular. Even worse, at times they smack of desperation - you can almost wring it from the pages like water from hair. ‘Here is my story,’ each writer seems to say. ‘This is what … Continue reading Guest review: Sam Cooney on I Can See My House From Here: UTS Writers’ Anthology 2010

2010 Emerging Writers' Festival in full swing

With the beaming Lisa Dempster at its helm, the 2010 Emerging Writers' Festival, here in Melbourne, is in full swing. So far I've attended The First Word (the opening night), one of the Fifteen Minutes of Fame Sessions (which received a great write-up here by Thuy-Linh Nguyen), the Page Parlour, and last night's Wordstock performance - … Continue reading 2010 Emerging Writers' Festival in full swing

Voiceworks: Budget

Voiceworks is an Australian journal publishing the work of writers under 25. Budget is the first issue under the editorial of Bel Monypenny does steer a less-showy ship, still understandably finding its path. The issue suits the theme design-wise - being lean, and mean (with a teeny-tiny font that didn't make my eyes too happy), but content-wise the issue is still wealthy. The … Continue reading Voiceworks: Budget

Kirk Marshall's Literary Space – Emerging Writers' Festival special #1

Kirk Marshall says... For my part - and in this forum for intimate, writerly expression - I've got to openly submit here to conceding that for the longest time I've resented the contention that a tactile, geographical environment impacts on the quality of an author's work. I do, however, freely and cordially embrace the notion … Continue reading Kirk Marshall's Literary Space – Emerging Writers' Festival special #1