Laura_Elvery is an award-winning short story writer, mother, PhD Candidate and tackler of tales, including her story ‘Acrobat’, which will be published in the upcoming Margaret River Press anthology, Shibboleth and other stories. She takes us into her sensory world…
What are you reading?
I always have a few books on the go (I’m not the only one, I believe). At the moment I’m reading NW by Zadie Smith, [sic]: A Memoir by Joshua Cody and Small Acts of Disappearance by Fiona Wright. Two books I read recently and adored were Jennifer Down’s Our Magic Hour and Fiona McFarlane’s short story collection The High Places.
I’m working on my PhD thesis and I have a two-year-old, so I’m also reading my fair share of Heidegger and The Poky Little Puppy.
What are you listening to?
Basically the only good thing about getting up early to go for a run is that I listen to podcasts. I like Serial, 99% Invisible, Radiolab, This American Life, Stuff You Missed in History Class and G’day Patriots. A friend got me on to Longform, where non-fiction writers are interviewed about their work. Starlee Kine’s Mystery Show podcast is a brilliant exercise in strangeness and how many unknown paths a story can take. It’s so much fun.
What are you watching?
House of Cards is over for now, but I binge-watched that and loved it. Mostly I watch ABC News Breakfast and those clips on YouTube where people make miniature food in miniature kitchens.
What scents surround you?
Office furniture, Play-Doh, this excellent Donna Hay vanilla butter cake before it burns, and autumn, which is my third favourite season.
What do you have a taste for?
I love lollies and wine. I ate at a terrific new restaurant in the Valley in Brisbane recently, and there I had a teeny-tiny espresso martini and crab tacos. Delicious.
Laura_Elvery is a writer and PhD candidate from Brisbane. She is a past winner of the Josephine Ulrick Literature Award, and in 2015 was awarded the QUT Emerging Writer’s Mentorship. Her work has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, Award Winning Australian Writing, The Big Issue fiction edition and Griffith Review.