LiteraryMinded does Sydney Film Festival 2012

I'm officially on holidays (though still doing some reviews etc.) and enjoying the Sydney Film Festival, good friends, whisky bars... I'm not sure if I'll blog (at length) about the fest. I've set two activities instead. The main one is to take something from the film I've just seen and write something creative from it. So … Continue reading LiteraryMinded does Sydney Film Festival 2012

Review of Animal People by Charlotte Wood in the Age today

I reviewed Charlotte Wood's new novel Animal People for the Age and it looks like it has already found its way online, on the SMH website (not sure if it was in their print version as well). It is definitely one of the best Australian books I've read this year, and I do encourage you to … Continue reading Review of Animal People by Charlotte Wood in the Age today

Win James Franco’s Palo Alto with Faber Academy

Beginning the blogging year with a giveaway is always a good idea! This week you can win a copy of actor James Franco's upcoming short story collection Palo Alto, courtesy of Faber Academy and Allen & Unwin. What is Faber Academy? The Academy began in London when Faber offered creative writing courses out of their … Continue reading Win James Franco’s Palo Alto with Faber Academy

Guest review: Sam Cooney on Clinton Caward’s Love Machine

Love Machine Clinton Caward Hamish Hamilton (Penguin) February 2010, Australia 9781926428024 Reviewed by Sam Cooney. I first encountered Clinton Caward’s writing last year in the lit journal Cutwater; his two short stories punched me in the gut with their corrosive and compelling strength, and the accompanying author interview struck some chords. (Indeed, I said so … Continue reading Guest review: Sam Cooney on Clinton Caward’s Love Machine

This cumulative kind of effect when you stop: an interview with Emily Maguire on Smoke in the Room, part two

Part One of this interview can be found here. Pictured: Emily Maguire and I before the Sleepers Salon in October. I ask Maguire about the setting. Is it pertinent for this story to be set in Sydney? She says it probably could have been a few cities, but ‘western Sydney is – the cliché is … Continue reading This cumulative kind of effect when you stop: an interview with Emily Maguire on Smoke in the Room, part two

This cumulative kind of effect when you stop: an interview with Emily Maguire on Smoke in the Room, part one

In Smoke in the Room (Aus), three characters end up in a share house in Sydney. Katie works on instinct and is weighted by an overwhelming empathy. Adam, an American, is grieving and needs to save money to get home. Graeme, an aid worker, has rid himself of possessions and simplified his existence. In this … Continue reading This cumulative kind of effect when you stop: an interview with Emily Maguire on Smoke in the Room, part one