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It’s on again—the Australian Short Story Festival! As the name suggests, it is a festival dedicated to the short story in written and spoken forms. It brings together local, national and international short story authors and oral storytellers in a culturally diverse and vibrant celebration. We’ve published a lot of short story collections over the years, and have […]
You’re the editor on the West Australian side of this collaborative editing project, but have had an important role in other aspects as well. Can you tell us about what your work has involved, including the challenges and joys of working closely with writers as an editor? While editing the West Australian stories formed the real bulk […]
First, I’d like to thank Readings for having us here tonight. Independent booksellers, like Readings, are such an important supporter of new Australian writing. It’s great to be part of this Melbourne launch of the 2019 Margaret River Short Story anthology, We’ll Stand in That Place and Other Stories.  But first, I have a confession. […]
Thank you Caroline for that introduction, thank you Margaret River Press and Bindy for allowing me to speak on behalf of your book, and thank you all for being here to celebrate with Bindy on the publication of this wonderful book called Fabulous Lives. I’m starting literally at the beginning. First lines. One of the […]
My name is Alicia, and I’m a Goodreads-aholic. It’s been about thirty days since I last checked Goodreads. I first started checking Goodreads a whole six months before my book was released. I created an author profile and as soon as If I Tell You was there, with its grey pre-cover art image, I claimed […]
Over the last few months we’ve had the pleasure of working with, and getting to know, Melanie Persson—our latest intern. So we thought we’d introduce her to you by getting her to answer a few questions.   Tell us a bit about yourself, Melanie. Hi there, my name is Melanie. I’m from all over the […]
As the writing trainer for Bright Lights, No City, you worked closely with a number of the participants—can you tell us a bit about your role throughout the project? My role was to help the participants to feel confident about their writing. This meant giving them the freedom to write in a form of their […]
Can you tell us what you’ve been up to since you completed Bright Lights, No City with Centre for Stories? For sure! I’ve had a pretty hectic year since the project finished. I wrote two very personal pieces: a novella called ‘Poster Boy’, which got published, and a piece of memoir called ‘Territory’, which didn’t. My […]
We have been inundated with some incredible cover designs as of late, making it especially difficult to make the final decision for our upcoming covers. The latest cover reveal is Fabulous Lives by local author Bindy Pritchard, whose short stories have been shortlisted in several of our anthologies. Thanks...
For readers, I always recommend Elena Ferrante’s superb Neapolitan novels. For writers needing motivation, I like to recommend practical 'how to' writing books. My current obsession is the screenwriting classic Save the Cat! I have become quite evangelical, giving copies away like Gideons Bibles to wannabe writers...
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