In her first book of fiction, writer and literary journalist Angela Meyer demonstrates her gift for painting vivid pictures with a few adroit, restrained brush strokes. —Jennifer Peterson-Ward, Books+Publishing You guys... My first fiction book is being published in May: Captives. It's a petite, dark collection of flash fiction, with a cover and layout beautifully designed by Sandy Cull. … Continue reading Captives available for pre-order!
This year, the Premier's Awards were held at Government House, in a palatial room of cream, blue and mint, complete with thrones. I arrived just as the talking began, on a dry, hot Melbourne night, and found a place to stand and fan my face with the nominee form. In the young adult section, Barry … Continue reading Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2014
Michael Kimball, Big Ray, Bloomsbury Circus, 2012, 9781408828052 (paperback, ebook) Lionel Shriver, Big Brother: A Novel, HarperCollins, 2013, 9780732296384 (paperback) Guest post by Kylie Mirmohamadi An armchair, lumpy with indents left by a sitter of some bulk, adorns the cover of Michael Kimball’s 2012 novel about grief and a childhood shaped by the looming presence of an abusive … Continue reading Hungry hearts: Big Ray and Big Brother, guest post by Kylie Mirmohamadi
Cross-posted on the Stoffers blog. — At the Sydney Writers’ Festival last week I went along to a session on writing and philosophy, and I thought a summary of the insights (and work of the panellists) might be of interest to some of you. The moderator was Joe Gelonesi from ABC Radio National’s The Philosopher’s Zone and the panellists were … Continue reading SWF 2013: writing & philosophy
By Nightfall, Michael Cunningham, HarperCollins (Aus pb, Aus ebook, US and Kindle, UK) Over the past few days I’ve been in the audience of four sessions featuring my favourite American author Michael Cunningham. Cunningham’s latest novel is By Nightfall. I've drafted a few posts on it since I read it, but was never able to adequately … Continue reading The epic qualities of outwardly ordinary lives: By Nightfall and Michael Cunningham in Australia
There's a tiny little piece by me up at Capsule today - an online journal for bite-sized lit. It was inspired by a doco I saw on the early career of filmmaker John Waters. It begins: 'In a cold Baltimore church basement, a vile film flickered over faces. Is it a she? they wondered at … Continue reading Flash fiction piece ‘Trash’ up at Capsule
Read Freedom Jonathan Franzen Fourth Estate Of course you’ve heard of it. I liked it. I appreciated it, really. It took over me a little while I was reading it. I felt really blue. The characters get inside of you, because they’re so fully-formed, and there's much space for them. The opening reminded me of Richard … Continue reading Read and received lately