Flash fictions: key words and after-images, on Booktopia

On the Booktopia blog today, I discuss flash fiction and short fiction; my own and others' stories, intentions and possibilities. Here's an extract: In a short story, every word must count. What is left out is as important as what is left in. The writer must create and maintain a particular tone, or mood, and create … Continue reading Flash fictions: key words and after-images, on Booktopia

Review of The Meowmorphosis by Franz Kafka & Coleridge Cook in the Australian

First, let me apologise for the recent lack of fully formed blog posts. From next week I may have a bit more time for that (staying in the country). I'm giving my paper in a couple of days in London and have been super busy with work, sightseeing and drinking too much. I promise I'll … Continue reading Review of The Meowmorphosis by Franz Kafka & Coleridge Cook in the Australian

Exquisite restraint, maximum expression: an interview with Colm Tóibín (part one)

Brooklyn Colm Toibin (Aus, US) Picador 9780330425612 Acclaimed Irish novelist Colm Tóibín was recently in Australia for the Sydney Writers Festival as well as events in Melbourne, including one for the Wheeler Centre. I caught up with Tóibín at his Melbourne hotel to ask him some questions about writing and his latest novel Brooklyn, which I recently had … Continue reading Exquisite restraint, maximum expression: an interview with Colm Tóibín (part one)

Brethren is one of my favourite words (but that has nothing to do with Peril, my best books of 2009, Kafka's diary, or an Overland blog guest post)

* This week I went to the launch of Peril, edition 8: 'why are people so unkind'? It featured readings, and a fun, sexy performance by Ladies of Colour Agency that made me want to get up an shake it, baby. Maxine Clarke, who performed her poetry, gives a very warm of a rundown of … Continue reading Brethren is one of my favourite words (but that has nothing to do with Peril, my best books of 2009, Kafka's diary, or an Overland blog guest post)

I've Joined the Twits, the Dead (or Undead) and More Festivals!

I'm spending my Saturday making bookmarks for the blog to give out at the Format Festival next month (as it's a DIY festival, I thought crafty-collage-style bookmarks would be apt). They'll be on different colour cardboards with words, little images I like, and gel-pen artwork! It's so much fun - I haven't done craft for … Continue reading I've Joined the Twits, the Dead (or Undead) and More Festivals!

I'm Terribly Afraid I Might Spontaneously Combust

Never have I felt this burning, scorching, bubbling of my insides so intensely before. I have previously likened the process of idea and inspiration for a story as being like a 'brew'. The ingredients begin to react together inside your mind and pop and spit until it spills over onto the page as a draft. But this time... I … Continue reading I'm Terribly Afraid I Might Spontaneously Combust