MWF 2014, Flashing the Square, Memory Makes Us

Melbourne Writers Festival has been fantastic so far. Stimulating keynotes from Helen Garner and Chris Hadfield, and I really enjoyed yesterday's panel 'Crossing Cultures', about cultural hybridisation. There were some great insights into contemporary China from Zhang Tianpan: contemporary China is very complex, but also very simple. There are many commonalities with the West—'we all … Continue reading MWF 2014, Flashing the Square, Memory Makes Us

Melbourne Writers Festival 2012: summary

I write again from bed, still recovering from this ridiculously prolonged cold. Despite not feeling the best for much of the second weekend, I thoroughly enjoyed the 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival and my roles as Morning Read MC and official blogger. There were five Morning Read sessions, each featuring four (diverse) writers. The audience seemed … Continue reading Melbourne Writers Festival 2012: summary

Birds of a feather: Melbourne Writers Festival 2011 diary, part two

Left: A burrowing owl In the back of my notebook is the beginning of a drawing of an escalator. I was hiding between things, being alone; couldn't sit still, started tweeting. Should have gone outside and found some birds. I attended the session Birds of a Feather mainly because I love to hear people … Continue reading Birds of a feather: Melbourne Writers Festival 2011 diary, part two

Lab coats, lit journals & marrying frogs: Melbourne Writers Festival 2011 diary, part one

It’s that time of the year again, where authors, poets, thinkers and drinkers congregate in Melbourne, and we go along to hear their thoughts about work and life. As I was away in the lead-up, I'm not doing any chairing or official duties this year. I get to go along and enjoy the talks, readings, … Continue reading Lab coats, lit journals & marrying frogs: Melbourne Writers Festival 2011 diary, part one

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part seven: debuts, exquisite short fiction, the bleak outsider, and erotic celebration

Friday 28/8 Debut With Style was chaired by Mr McSweeney's, Eli Horowitz, and on the panel were Evie Wyld, Reif Larsen, Hitomi Kanehara (pictured below) and Lisa Unger. All had a different experience of 'debuting'. Larsen had a 'burning desire' to write The Collected Works of TS Spivetand the publication was almost a bonus. Unger wrote … Continue reading Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part seven: debuts, exquisite short fiction, the bleak outsider, and erotic celebration

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part two: Grenville, Michaels and the 'engine of curiosity'

Stories everywhere: The guy in the ACMI cafe shares my love of David Bowie, and they make a mean ham toastie. The title of the session Oranges are the Only Fruit alludes the the Orange Prize, which guests Anne Michaels and Kate Grenville have both won. Peter Clarke was a generous and intelligent chair, steering … Continue reading Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part two: Grenville, Michaels and the 'engine of curiosity'

The Danger Game by Kalinda Ashton

Sleepers Publishing August 2009, Australia 9781740668132 Three children - one insular, one bold, and one stubborn and growing - dare each other to undertake dangerous or humiliating tasks in the 'danger game'. Their lives are daring enough, with an unstable father and a mother on-edge, and mature secrets inside each of their little heads. Only two of … Continue reading The Danger Game by Kalinda Ashton

Nam Le – a 'responsive' interview

The Boat, Nam Le, 2008, Penguin - Hamish Hamilton (Aus, US), 9780241015414 Sentences - LiteraryMinded Responses - Nam Le * The terminal point, point of contemplation. The idea of terminus is critical to narrative: what (and where) is the point that occasions the narrative?  What needs finishing in order for articulation to start?  Because a narrative, … Continue reading Nam Le – a 'responsive' interview