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Colin Varney


Colin Varney spent a feckless youth – and much of a feckless middle-age – drumming in pub bands. Not musically adept enough to play covers, he was reduced to collaborating on original songs and was therefore unable to relinquish his day job. He now finds himself drawn to writing about music and musicians.

His short stories have appeared in Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Island and Southerly. He has written articles for The Lifted Brow and satire for Adelaide Review and Tasmanian Times. His children’s book, Jellylegs, is widely used to promote protective behaviours.

He completed a Master’s in creative writing at the University of Tasmania, mentored by Danielle Wood. Earworm is his first novel.

Photo credit: Ted Crosby

  • Earworm


    Drenched in rhythm and the vividness of pop lyrics, Earworm explores the complexities of filial and romantic love, connecting us to our universal communion with music.

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