SWF 2013: writing & philosophy

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

The books of life: By the Book by Ramona Koval

This feature interview was first published in The Big Issue no. 421. Text Publishing 9781922079060 November 2012 (buy hardcover, ebook) Ramona Koval’s enthusiastic explorations of literature would be familiar not only to those who enjoyed her long-running ABC Radio National program, The Book Show, but also to audiences at writers’ festivals around the world. As an interviewer, … Continue reading The books of life: By the Book by Ramona Koval

20 classics #15: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books. Read more about this project here. See the other classics here. Why did I want to read it? Because I already know and love the story so well (mainly via Scrooged and A Muppet Christmas Carol) and I’ve been meaning to read the original around Christmas-time for years! When was it published? First … Continue reading 20 classics #15: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Trauma, kindness & starting with a bang: Jessie Cole on Darkness on the Edge of Town

Fourth Estate, 2012 9780732293192 (buy paperback, ebook) A woman crashes her car outside Vincent's house. Vincent attempts to help the woman, and the baby in her arms, which may not have survived the crash. Rachel is her name and her arrival will have repercussions for Vincent and his daughter Gemma, and will draw attention (and judgment) … Continue reading Trauma, kindness & starting with a bang: Jessie Cole on Darkness on the Edge of Town

The alpha brother: Annabel Smith on Whisky Charlie Foxtrot

Fremantle Press, November 2012 9781922089144 (buy paperback, ebook) Whisky and Charlie are identical twins, but they couldn't be more different. Whisky is in a coma after a serious accident, and Charlie has to face up to the kind of brother—and person—he's become. Whisky Charlie Foxtrot moves between the brothers' earlier lives and their difficult present. It's a great … Continue reading The alpha brother: Annabel Smith on Whisky Charlie Foxtrot

The Age Book of the Year Awards

This is cross-posted from the Melbourne Writers Festival 2012 blog. The Age Book of the Year awards were announced last night at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2012 opening event, prior to Simon Callow’s enthusiastic, informative Keynote speech on Charles Dickens. The awards, now in their 38th year and highly regarded, were presented by Age literary editor Jason Steger. They went … Continue reading The Age Book of the Year Awards

Freak out in a moonage daydream: Sean M Whelan on Liner Notes

This is cross-posted from the Melbourne Writers Festival 2012 blog. The Liner Notes spoken word event (run by Babble) is always a festival highlight for me, and this year a bunch of writers, poets et al are set to rock our worlds with an interpretation of David Bowie's album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders … Continue reading Freak out in a moonage daydream: Sean M Whelan on Liner Notes

Football & figuring out: Paul D Carter on Eleven Seasons

This is cross-posted from the Melbourne Writers Festival 2012 blog. Paul D Carter’s debut novel Eleven Seasons was the Australian/Vogel Literary Award winner for 2012. It’s a coming-of-age story set in the ’80s/’90s about Jason Dalton—Hawks supporter and burgeoning player—struggling to find room to breathe and grow and be himself. I asked Carter some questions about the novel: … Continue reading Football & figuring out: Paul D Carter on Eleven Seasons