Writing from the ‘global south’: Dallas Angguish on Southpaw Issue 1

Southpaw Issue 1, December 2011 ISSN 1839-7867 http://southpawjournal.com/ Reviewed by Dallas Angguish Southpaw describes itself as ‘a journal of writing from the global south’. This notion of the global south draws on and intersects with the recent critique in scholarly circles of the Northern hemisphere bias in critical theory, cultural studies (especially literature and film … Continue reading Writing from the ‘global south’: Dallas Angguish on Southpaw Issue 1

Dallas Angguish on Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (guest review)

Jonathan Cape (Random House) 9780224093453, 2011 (buy hardcover, ebook)  Review by Dallas Angguish Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal is the sometimes disturbing, sometimes tender and often funny story behind Jeanette Winterson’s debut novel Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. Whereas Oranges was a semi-autobiographical novel, Why Be Happy is a memoir, a … Continue reading Dallas Angguish on Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (guest review)

Guest review: Greg Westenberg on The Geometry of Flight by Angela Smith

Pulse Publications, 2010, 9780646540443 In naming her poetry collection The Geometry of Flight Angela Smith, like Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade, ‘chose wisely’. More wisely, more selflessly, than perhaps she realised. She has given multiple doorways to her work with the single phrase: porticos that set the reader’s path through the work, paths that … Continue reading Guest review: Greg Westenberg on The Geometry of Flight by Angela Smith

Guest review: Jordi Kerr on Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Hardie Grant, 9781921690624, June 2011 (Aus) See also UK, US London Lane can remember the future, but not the past. This is the simple yet compelling basis for Cat Patrick’s debut YA novel, Forgotten. Each morning at 4:33am London’s memory is reset, erasing all events from the previous day. London relies on her knowledge of … Continue reading Guest review: Jordi Kerr on Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Guest review: ‘It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun’, Alice Robinson on 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

Simon & Schuster 9781849833905 (Aus, US, UK) Reviewed by Alice Robinson Aron Ralston is starving, dehydrated and on the brink of death when, six days after being pinned beneath an 800-pound boulder, stranded alone in a remote Utah canyon, he snaps his own wrist; the blade of the $15 multi-tool in his pack just won’t … Continue reading Guest review: ‘It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun’, Alice Robinson on 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on Five Wounds by Jonathan Walker & Dan Hallett

Allen & Unwin, 2010 9781742370132 (Aus, US, UK) To call your novel 'illuminated' is a dangerous thing. Five Wounds' claim holds with it the expectation that it should be something beyond a typical read. An 'illuminated novel' must be more than novel: no minor feat, and no small promise. I am glad to say that … Continue reading Guest review: Lyndon Riggall on Five Wounds by Jonathan Walker & Dan Hallett

Guest review: Gerard Elson on Tim Burton’s The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories

Faber/Allen & Unwin (Aus, US, UK) November 2010 (orig. 1997) 9780571270248 Reviewed by Gerard Elson It’s been a big twelve months for Tim Burton. Tim Burton: The Exhibition drew record crowds during seasons at both New York’s MoMA and Melbourne’s ACMI, and his visually brillig (though otherwise rote) Alice in Wonderland became just the sixth film … Continue reading Guest review: Gerard Elson on Tim Burton’s The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories

Guest review: Elizabeth Bryer on Wayne Macauley’s Other Stories

  Black Pepper November 2010 9781876044664 (Aus) Reviewed by Elizabeth Bryer Other Stories brings together Melbourne-based Wayne Macauley’s output over the past decade and counting. The collection is filled with ‘other’ stories—tales that are other, or outside the mainstream, in a double sense. They are other in subject, given that they are stories that trace … Continue reading Guest review: Elizabeth Bryer on Wayne Macauley’s Other Stories

Guest review: Alice Robinson on John Tesarsch’s The Philanthropist

Sleepers Publishing November 2010, 9781740669979 (Aus) reviewed by Alice Robinson John Tesarsch’s accomplished first novel The Philanthropist is a book about parents and children. It is about what we pass on, and what we inherit in turn. ‘The best thing a father can do, of course, is be there for his children. I wasn’t, because … Continue reading Guest review: Alice Robinson on John Tesarsch’s The Philanthropist

Guest review: Derek Motion on Tiggy Johnson’s First Taste

Page Seventeen, 2010 9780980813609 Reviewed by Derek Motion      I often have to catch the bus out to the university, and from the stop near my house the journey takes around 15 minutes. This parcel of time is – if you get straight on to the task and don’t waste any time looking out the window … Continue reading Guest review: Derek Motion on Tiggy Johnson’s First Taste