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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…

I recently watched the very enjoyable Amazon/BBC adaptation of Good Omens, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant. Good Omens has been one of my favourite books since I first read it as a teenager. At that time, there was no such thing as the internet. If I wanted to find out if Aziraphale had a computer and […]
One of my earliest memories is sitting next to my father in the study room of my childhood house, watching him play a game called Betrayal at Krondor. He led a party of three through the high fantasy world of Midkemia, fighting monsters, gossiping at taverns, and unlocking treasure chests. In the Krondor games, the […]
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 […]
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 […]
Love means you breathe in two countries—Naomi Shihab Nye In the first few weeks of my MA in Creative Writing, I showed a creative nonfiction piece I had written to a visiting writer-in-residence. It was about the Brixton riots of 2011, where looters set fire to a Foot Locker just down the road from where […]
When I was about six years old, an exotic older cousin from Mombasa taught me how to skip. She was sixteen, spoke several languages I couldn’t and treated me like a real person. I was in love within five minutes of meeting her. Before she taught me rope tricks, I was able to skip on […]
In my previous two blog posts, I’ve talked about my love affair with English literature, encouraged and nurtured by schoolteachers in India who did the best with what was available. Reading Milton, Byron, Wordsworth, Hardy, Lamb, Austen, Bronte, Woolf and a legion of writers from the 18th – 20th centuries started me on the career […]
The year I turned seventeen I fell in love with a cynical older man who was unaware of my existence; causing devastation in a heart that would never heal. I used this unusual experience and wrote a story about it. It was imaginatively titled ‘A Matter of Destiny,’ and published by an Indian women’s magazine […]
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. […]
English novelist Thomas Hardy was an unlikely role model for a book-obsessed young girl growing up in India, but I credit Hardy, and the Romantic poets, with my initiation into writing. Something about Hardy’s grimness appealed enormously. I named the hero in my own novel after Hardy’s Gabriel, that laconic and patient farmer who knows, […]

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