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What’s Feeding Your Senses? Linda Brucesmith

Published 10th March, 2016 in Writing


Linda Brucesmith is a writer and public relations consultant based in Brisbane, Queensland. Her short fiction has been published in Australia and in the United Kingdom, and her story, ‘Bedtime Story’ was published in The Trouble With Flying and other stories. We spoke to her about what she’s been reading, watching and listening to in these past few weeks…

What are you reading?

I’ve just finished Geraldine Brooks’ The Secret Chord, Kristina Olsson’s Boy, Lost and I’m mid-way through Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. All, wonderful. I also have a passion for ghost stories – as distinct from horror, which is not for me – because most of them have profound things to say about our connections to one another as human beings and about the things that make us who we are. Ghost stories give me just enough magic to keep me happy, and I find that because they are exploring the interplay between this world and the next they tend to be rich in sensory detail, which I love. I have a big, fat hard cover anthology published by Head of Zeus out of the UK,  titled 100 Ghost Stories to read with the lights on which I’m dipping into. It has stories by Charles Dickens, Henry James, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood and many other wonderful writers. Last night I read DH Lawrence’s The Rocking Horse Winner which was infinitely sad and so real I could almost touch it. Ah, the power of story.

What are you listening to?

Radio National, with all its chat and ponderings about everything under the sun is endlessly interesting. I’m delighted by the station’s mandate to think – and the nature of the ideas its people provide introductions to. I’ve also returned to classical music. Bach in particular. I listen to the placement of notes and what they produce in their coming together and think that words, beautifully written, can do just the same work.

What are you watching?

I’m addicted to British television drama for its finesse, its detail and textures, its dialogue and subtleties, its depiction of place and its representation of character. I think Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock is one of the best things on television – there’s not one person in the cast who does a less than stellar job and the production values are delicious. Foyle’s War. Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, Lewis, Morse. I inhale it all and try to take what I see back to the page.

Linda Brucesmith is a writer and public relations consultant based in Brisbane, Australia.

Her work is forthcoming in projects by Tiny Owl Workshop (Brisbane), and The Big Issue. Other works have appeared in Black Beacon Books’ 2015 Lighthouses anthology, The Big Issue, Melbourne Books’ Award Winning Australian Writing 2014, The Review of Australian Fiction, the Margaret River Press 2014 The Trouble With Flying short story collection, Ricochet magazine, Black Beacon Books’ 2014 Subtropical Suspense anthology, Askance Publishing’s 2013 Homes anthology (Cambridge), and The Fiction Desk’s 2013 New Ghost Stories anthology (London), among others. She won the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Mornington Peninsula Prize 2013, was shortlisted for the 2013 KSP Speculative Fiction Awards and the 2013 Aeon Awards (Ireland), and highly commended in the 2012 Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards.

Linda’s novel-in-progress, Elsewhere, looks at the events following the first-ever visit by two clurichauns (the fairy cousins of leprechauns) to England in the early 1800s. It considers their fate under the British government’s then wish-harvest policy, whereby clurichauns were stripped of their identities, transported to Australia, and their wish-fulfilment capabilities placed at the disposal of the colony’s governors. The book is set in old and modern Brisbane, Ireland and England. 

Her stories celebrate her fondness for Brisbane. While many include cameo appearances by cats, she has not yet acquired one.

Her short piece, ‘Bedtime Story’ was published by Margaret River Press in The Trouble With Flying and other stories, in 2014.



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