‘Obsolescence’ (an extract)

My short story 'Obsolescence' is the story representing the country of Norway (and the city of Bergen) in The Lifted Brow 6: Atlas. There are stories, songs, poems, illustrations and limericks representing every country in the world in this amazing, ambitious issue (book + 2 CDs). I'm so happy to be among contributors like Eddy Current … Continue reading ‘Obsolescence’ (an extract)

My Extraordinary Life and Death by Doug Macleod: an extract

Doug Macleod says... When I was asked to do a blog for The Centre for Youth Literature at The State Library of Victoria, I realised that my life is depressingly undramatic. I have never done anything that might endanger my life, save for living in St Kilda. How could I make my life more interesting? I did what … Continue reading My Extraordinary Life and Death by Doug Macleod: an extract

Mark Twain made 'em laugh: an edited extract from Susannah Fullerton's Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia

The following is an edited extract from Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia by Susannah Fullerton. Published by Picador Australia, June 2009. Mark Twain came to Australia billed as 'the funniest man in the world' and Australians loved his dry humour and stories... Their expectation was by now at fever pitch, their bodies perspiring from … Continue reading Mark Twain made 'em laugh: an edited extract from Susannah Fullerton's Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia

Express or Die? The Sensidictory Artist – an extract

Here is an extract from my piece in The Death Mook, being launched tomorrow night at Dante's in Fitzroy, Vic. Buy it here. In the full piece I discuss Sylvia Plath, Susanna Kaysen, and Elizabeth Wurtzel (in that order). As I'll be reading the Sylvia Plath section tomorrow night, I'm reproducing the introduction and the middle section … Continue reading Express or Die? The Sensidictory Artist – an extract