Review: Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame in Readings Monthly

I reviewed Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame (released with a new foreword by Margaret Drabble in the Text Classics series) for Readings Monthly, with the book still ringing in my head (hence the style of the review). When I read Frame I am reminded, too, that a writer might deliberately eschew grammar rules, in aid of rhythm or … Continue reading Review: Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame in Readings Monthly

Review of Janet Frame’s In the Memorial Room for The Australian

Janet Frame is one of my all-time favourite authors. Her writing is surprising, absurd, knowing, funny, sad, dark, moving, imaginative and honest. She was an incredibly hard-working writer, often having to work in uncomfortable or strange conditions (while overcoming much personal tragedy). I've read quite a few of her novels; plus her short fiction, her … Continue reading Review of Janet Frame’s In the Memorial Room for The Australian

Janet Frame's 'Gorse is Not People', Mad Hatters and Confession Files.

Janet Frame's amazing short story, posthumously published in The New Yorker: 'Gorse is Not People' - Take some time to click and read. I was alerted to this story by Bookman Beattie and it has become one of my favourites. I recently got to meet Frame's niece Pamela Gordon at the launch of The Goose Bath: Poems (review … Continue reading Janet Frame's 'Gorse is Not People', Mad Hatters and Confession Files.

Literature Aspiring Writers Should Read – Part 2

Faces in the Water – Janet Frame (1961) Skills acquired by reading: ~ The way to create an external world and circumstances that symbolise or reflect an internal one. ~ The way to express loneliness, emptiness, and deprivation in subtle, tugging ways. ~ The way to write about large-scale oppression and unfairness in society by … Continue reading Literature Aspiring Writers Should Read – Part 2