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Songs can be gateways into worlds or other ways of being. Sometimes they're poignant, beautiful reflections. Sometimes they're incessantly optimistic pick-me-ups, challenges to be happy. And, at other times they're those weird dance tracks that say the same...
Songs can be gateways into worlds or other ways of being. Sometimes they're poignant, beautiful reflections. Sometimes they're incessantly optimistic pick-me-ups, challenges to be happy. And, at other times they're those weird dance tracks that say the same...
Your story ‘Sheen’, begins Joiner Bay and other stories, and, in some respects, sets the tone for what’s to come in the collection. How did you approach the story from conception through to completion? Were there certain challenges in its execution, or did it come to you near fully-formed? That’s so nice! But also funny […]
This year’s Margaret River Short Story Competition anthology was edited by Ellen Van Neerven, author of her debut collection Heat and Light, and poetry collection Comfort Food. Ellen is quiet and contemplative in person but on the page, unique worlds come to life and flawed, believable characters face their fear. Ellen is one of he […]
In addition to being an academic and a widely-published scholar, you also write fiction. Why do you write, and does this differ depending on whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction? I write to understand myself, other people and the world, and I write to challenge and extend myself. My writing is concerned with the relationship […]
You’ve been a teacher in both the tertiary and secondary systems, and you’re now a teacher of writing. What does the teaching of writing afford the teacher, as opposed to the students? Are there certain writing ‘lessons’ that only come to the surface through discussion and analysis of the craft in a controlled group setting?  […]
To date, you’ve been a writer, editor, literary judge and esteemed lecturer in writing. How important, do you think, is it for a writer to be immersed in not only the written word but also the industry? Are such additional roles both an endorsement of the author, and yet also a vital part of giving […]
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am a very tall recent uni graduate with a love for books, coffee, yoga, brunch, and a good nap. I’ve been passionate about writing since I was young and always had dreams of becoming a famous author. It was only once I got to university that I […]
It’s rare that you get to interview a writer whom you mentored, and even rarer for said writer to be one of the most well-rounded, delightful people that you’ve met. But then, Tinashe is like that: erudite, contemplative, at times funny, and always a joy to be around. I spoke to her about her life, […]
I feel I’m having an enjoyable ride as a writer. After a couple of successes in 2010/2011 – when I first started to submit short stories – I’ve continued to win competitions and be published. I’ve also continued to write for the theatre and have had plays and monologues performed from Townsville to Melbourne. I […]
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