Guest post: Allison Browning on Alice Sebold’s Lucky

It was in an impassioned conversation with Miss Angela Meyer on the floor of a particular writers' festival venue, relishing the taste of ginger beer, that I expressed my love for the sparsity of Chloe Hooper's writing in The Tall Man. Angela and I continued to chat about those writers who have an understated way of inciting … Continue reading Guest post: Allison Browning on Alice Sebold’s Lucky

Guest review: Lorelei Vashti on Linda Neil’s Learning How to Breathe

9780702237348 UQP September 2009 (Australia) Review by Lorelei Vashti When I was first offered this book to review I thought: Well, Ms Meyer, it seems that not only are you literary-minded but you’re also literally minded, because what you have given me here is a book about a Brisbane girl returning home to her family. … Continue reading Guest review: Lorelei Vashti on Linda Neil’s Learning How to Breathe

The real possibility of joy: an interview with Josephine Emery

Josephine Emery's The Real Possibility of Joy: A Personal Journey from Man to Woman is released in September from Pier 9. It's a compelling, poignant, fascinating, honest memoir. And as a writer, screenwriter and former director of the literature board at the Australia Council for the Arts, Josephine Emery really knows how to write. I … Continue reading The real possibility of joy: an interview with Josephine Emery

Love, sex and intimacy with Krissy Kneen, author of Affection (a ‘responsive’ interview)

  Affection: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy Text Publishing 9781921520617 August 2009 (Aus, US) Prompts: LiteraryMinded Responses: Krissy Kneen Things that are fast/things that are slow Motorcycles.  Rollercoaster. Pick ups.  Orgasms.  All too fast.  Slow would be nice. Slow is the ideal, something to aspire to.  It all ends too quickly.  Everything. And the … Continue reading Love, sex and intimacy with Krissy Kneen, author of Affection (a ‘responsive’ interview)

Guest review: Sam Cooney on Mark Mordue's Dastgah

  Dastgah, Mark Mordue Allen & Unwin (2001, Australia). Also published overseas. Review by Sam Cooney. Dastgah is an account of Australian writer, journalist and editor Mark Mordue's first trip overseas: a one-year journey through the regions of India, Nepal, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Iran, and the cities of Paris and New York. The … Continue reading Guest review: Sam Cooney on Mark Mordue's Dastgah

Mischa Merz on Bruising: a Boxer’s Story

In Bruising, passionate boxer Mischa Merz draws you into her experiences of a sweaty, oft-bloody, myth- and history-loaded, predominantly masculine but ever-progressing sport. I first came across Mischa's work in the extract of this book published in Overland. It had been my favourite piece in the issue, and when Mischa heard, she sent me a … Continue reading Mischa Merz on Bruising: a Boxer’s Story

Making sense of the surrounding chaos: Sarah Manguso on The Two Kinds of Decay

Not only was Sarah Manguso's body completely weakened by a rare neurological disease (where the antibodies in her own blood would poison her), but she dealt with other levels of illness, such as the effect of strong drugs she had to take, and deep depression. But everything I tried to write about The Two Kinds … Continue reading Making sense of the surrounding chaos: Sarah Manguso on The Two Kinds of Decay

Other People's Favourite Books – Rosalie Skinner on Douglas Adams' Last Chance to See

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. Hi, I'm Rosalie and I write speculative fiction. Writing is a passion that followed hot on the heels of reading avidly for too many years too count. For twenty years, I painted portraits and taught other artists how to approach painting portraits in oils, after … Continue reading Other People's Favourite Books – Rosalie Skinner on Douglas Adams' Last Chance to See