What are you reading?
At the moment I’m at my mum’s house in Queanbeyan, so I’m dipping into some of her books. She loves Marilynne Robinson, so last night I started Gilead, a dying preacher’s letter to his son. “I saw a bubble float past my window, fat and wobbly and ripening toward that dragonfly blue they turn just before they burst.” Beautiful. Another book of hers that caught my eye was Erica Jong’s Fear of Fifty (being on that slippery slide myself). My brother gave it to Mum when she turned fifty – twenty years ago – and it occurs to me that both Jong and Mum are probably different women now to who they were then. I find this idea both liberating and daunting.
What are you listening to?
I’m listening to the whoosh of comforting heat the gas heater is generating against my legs. I’m listening to the great 80s music I’d almost forgotten coming from the radio station my sister has tuned her car radio into. I’m enjoying the quiet as my twelve-year-old reads her 7th book these school holidays, because Mum doesn’t have internet or Foxtel.
What are you watching?
I do have a real soft spot for crime on tv. It’s enclosed, it’s a puzzle, it’s over with until next time. I absolutely loved ‘The Night Manager’, for several reasons…
What have you got a taste for?
We bought Mum a box of Roses for when she gets out of hospital. They’re gone.
What scents surround you?
I have a cold so I can’t really smell much at the moment. However, I’m re-drafting a novel I wrote a few years ago which is set in Indonesia. I’m trying to capture the fragrance that pervades the homes there. I can’t be sure if it’s from the teak furniture, the incense smoke or clove cigarettes, or if it’s from something else. It’s an unnamed spice that travels home in your suitcase, but evaporates all too soon.
Mirandi Riwoe is a Brisbane-based writer and PhD candidate at QUT. She has been longlisted for the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, longlisted for CWA (UK) dagger awards, and shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Bursary (UK). Her work has appeared in Rex, Peril and Shibboleth and Other Stories (2016). Her first novel will be released by Legend Press in 2017.