This is cross-posted from Southerly, where I am blogging in December. Recently I attended the launch of Janet De Neefe’s new cookbook Bali: The Food of My Island Home. De Neefe moved to Bali 26 years ago after falling in love with the place and with a local man. She has founded two restaurants in Ubud: Casa … Continue reading Tempeh matters: the launch of Janet De Neefe’s Bali: The Food of My Island Home
I Can See My House From Here: UTS Writers’ Anthology 2010 Reviewed by Sam Cooney University anthologies are often pedestrian and insular. Even worse, at times they smack of desperation - you can almost wring it from the pages like water from hair. ‘Here is my story,’ each writer seems to say. ‘This is what … Continue reading Guest review: Sam Cooney on I Can See My House From Here: UTS Writers’ Anthology 2010
In honour of the recent awards won by two authors I admire very much, I thought we could revisit my interviews with them. First of all, which awards were these? Christos Tsiolkas won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, awarded at the Auckland Writers' and Readers' Festival last week, for The Slap. See the full details here. … Continue reading Christos Tsiolkas + Nam Le: award winners
Louisiana Alba is the author of Uncorrected Proof, which I heart, so I asked if she would write something just for me (and you lit-lovers). Here 'tis: Italians have a phrase: non mettere le mani avanti, don't put your hands out in front (to prevent the fall you fear). Let the scholars sort out my … Continue reading Another Voice for Nam Le – a Guest Post by Louisiana Alba
Nam Le has won the $140,000 Dylan Thomas Prize, for a writer under 30. And how well-deserved! Read all about it from the ABC, or The Oz, or perhaps what we printed in WBN today (subscription required). And do revisit my 'responsive' interview with Nam. This is so exciting, when you love a writer's work - because a prize … Continue reading Go Nam!
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