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What are you reading? I’ve just had the pleasure of reading ‘Affinity’ by Sarah Waters, involving a single woman in the Victorian era who starts visiting a young woman in prison who claims to be a spirit medium. It was utterly compelling; the imagery is vivid and the story unfolds effortlessly. I’m currently reading ‘Fever…

Audience of One By Jo_Riccioni “Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.” – Kurt Vonnegut Recently I’ve read several interviews with novelists who say that they write with a single reader in mind, silencing the demands of […]
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 […]
On Wearing Two Hats By Jo_Riccioni Being both a writer and a bookseller often sits weirdly with me. Not quite as weirdly as the personal trainer who told me he was moonlighting as a pastry chef, but there’s definitely some conflict there. “I’ve met lots of authors who are also booksellers,” another writer friend tells […]
On Wearing Two Hats By Jo_Riccioni Being both a writer and a bookseller often sits weirdly with me. Not quite as weirdly as the personal trainer who told me he was moonlighting as a pastry chef, but there’s definitely some conflict there. “I’ve met lots of authors who are also booksellers,” another writer friend tells […]
What are you reading? As I’m planning a sort of war novel I’ve been keeping most of my reading round that, and recently enjoyed No Man’s Land: Writings from a World at War, a compelling international anthology of memoir and short fiction. Otherwise it’s a mixed bag. Courtesy of a great little bookshop in Fishwyck, […]
Your story, ‘Relic’, published in The Lost Boy and other stories, has a brutality in its language that stands out from the other more lyrical stories in the collection. Was this intentional, and do you have effective strategies when it comes to pairing language with subject matter in your own work? I struggled with the […]
Polish Cooking for Beginners Magdalena_McGuire My grandmother’s hands are bloody. Red stains soak her fingers and splatter her arms, reaching their peak in a dab of crimson on her neck. She catches me looking and grins, waving her fingers like a ghoul from one of the bedtime stories she used to tell, the kind where […]
‘The Sea Also Waits’ by Emily Paull in Margaret River Press’ 2016 short story competition collection ‘Shibboleth and other stories’ edited by Laurie Steed.
Sue Robertson writes stories that ache with gentle humanity, and a willingess to confront at times difficult truths in regards to love and life. Her story, ‘Before They Had Teeth’ will be published in the upcoming Margaret River Press anthology, Shibboleth and other stories. We spoke to hear about the sights, sounds, scents, and tastes […]
Image by Lara Wilson The first story that I had published in a real, actual book, was in an anthology by Margaret River Press. Though I’d published before – in a magazine, in journals and online – these publications didn’t inspire quite the same heady experience as did seeing my work in a book. When […]

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