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As I made my way down Madaffari Drive, I assumed the noise was birds. It was only my second year in Exmouth, so it seemed possible that there were species I hadn’t yet come across…
Your story ‘The Chopping Block’ won the South West Prize in the MR Short Story competition. How did you approach the story from conception through to completion? Were there certain challenges in its execution? A majority of my writing is speculative fiction...
What was it like to be on the other side of the writing process and to edit the collection of short stories for the Margaret River Short Story Competition? I've done a bit of editing work before; I was one of the fiction editors for the…
Nina, you eat too much. Every meal you tell yourself, You’ve got to stop eating like this. You never feel hungry. You never feel full. You’re always out of control. Now it’s 9pm. Again, you’ve sent yourself to bed to stop yourself eating. Again, you can’t sleep: all...
Early last year I was thrilled to find out that Margaret River Press was going to publish my collection of short stories. I was excited—then scared! What if I stuffed everything up? Enter Josephine Taylor: cool, calm, collected—editor extraordinaire! After my...
When crafting You Belong Here, did you always have such a fantastic soundtrack in mind? Where can we go to listen to your playlist? It's funny; my life has always had a fantastic soundtrack: alt-rock, grunge, brit-pop, and hip-hop all rose as I was growing up. When it came time to write a book…
H.C. Gildfind shares the inspiration behind the cover of ‘The Worry Front’ due for release in April 2018. Thanks very much to Susan Miller for the subtle, stylish and intriguing cover she has designed for The Worry Front. Susan has used the familiar symbol of the weather map to allude directly to the title-story’s central […]
Into the Boranup Forest with Mim and Em Mim points at some birds that are being very noisy in the upper canopy of the forest. A bird of prey, probably a Brown Goshawk, is getting too close to a magpie nest. Some wattlebirds join in the chase. This is a life-or-death story for the baby […]
As the launch of The Way it Was approaches, Peter Forrestal and Ray Jordan take a moment to reflect on how the book has uncovered new truths and kindled lasting passions for the Margaret River wine industry and its people. Ray: Peter and I were in a fortunate position to be able to write this […]
Due to launch this November, The Way It Was by Ray Jordan and Peter Forrestal is a guided tour that takes you through the history of the Margaret River wine region. Here is an exclusive look at the early days of Margaret River. Elijah Dawson was one of the original vineyard owners of Vasse. In […]
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