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This is the last of my series with Margaret River Press online, so—if you’ve read the other blogs this month and find yourself here—thanks for making it. I feel like you deserve a bop (and if this is the first you’ve happened to click onto —you, too, deserve a bop):              (for your reading experience, you…
Kim Wilkins smiled when I asked her what the main stumbling blocks are for aspiring writers. ‘Some writers think that if they see a lot of Marvel movies, they can write a good book,’ she said. ‘But you have to serve your apprenticeship.’ And Kim should know. She’s the author of more than 30 novels,…
Writing in the time of COVID-19 has its challenges. The world is in tremendous turmoil. Add three kids and a partner at home, in a confined space, who all want your attention all the time, and the solitude needed for writing evaporates. How do we carve out a space where deep thinking can occur when…
A few years ago, as I was tinkering with my first crime fiction manuscript in my favourite café, I received a phone call which shook me. The caller asked if I’d answered my husband’s phone. I explained this was my number and asked who was inquiring, after all, the voice sounded cagey. The man revealed…
The idea for the Peter Carey Short Story Award began as a passing remark. Our library had asked for help hosting a literary festival, something for locals that would also draw others into the shire. Naturally, our ambitions spread, and we were gonna make it huge. Bring in big-name writers who would cement our little…

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In Paul iskov's interview with Poppy Penny on ABC Goldfields Esperance, he discusses the decision behind combining stories and recipes in his cookbook Fervor, what makes WA...
In this interview, Colin Varney dissects his debut novel 'Earworm', told from the perspective of a love song, and discusses his inspiration for writing the book. 
‘Sheen’ by Else Fitzgerald won second prize in the 2017 Margaret River Short Story Competition.
Joiner Bay by Laura Elvery was the winner of the 2017 Margaret River Short Story Competition.
As a photojournalist, Sue-Lyn’s work has taken her to Hong Kong, Cambodia and throughout Europe. She photographed and co-authored Chefs of the Margaret River Region, which showcases the beauty of the region through exquisite photographs. In Surfing Down South she conveys a characterful account of...
Danielle Costley is an author, journalist and avid foodie. She has worked with many well-known chefs, who have inspired her to learn more about sourcing and buying locally-grown seasonal food. Her passion for exceptional regional food that speaks of its origins has driven her to write a book celebrating not only her ‘food finds’ but the wonderful growers...
Author: Double Madness
Caroline de Costa is a professor at James Cook University School of Medicine. Her publications include, “Hail Caesar”, which was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards (Science Writing) in 2008, and two books about abortion history. She has also self-published three novels. Double Madness is her first crime novel.  
Author: The Way It Was
Peter Forrestal has been a wine writer for about 30 years: The Way it Was has been his 34th book, three of which have been about the wine region of Margaret River (and the second with Ray Jordan). He has been a journalist and writer about wine, locally, nationally and internationally. Peter was founding editor of Gourmet Traveller Wine...

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