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Joiner Bay and other stories Launch Speech by LianLow Readings, Carlton – Friday 14 July 2017 Writing stories requires courage and conviction that our stories are important and urgent to share with the rest of the world. Not only do competitions provide a platform for writers, they also act as a deadline for writers to […]
The short story has been called the ideal literary form for the 21st Century. The internet has given us access to multiple online journals and podcasts, so we can read a short story on our phones on the train to work, or pop in our earphones and listen to someone reading their story while we […]
Bloodlines is very special to me for both professional and personal reasons. Professionally speaking, I was one of three judges, along with Richard Rossiter and Delys Bird, to shortlist Nicole’s novel for the prestigious T.A.G. Hungerford Award in 2014. Back then the novel was called All That Came Before, but irrespective of the title, we […]
It’s a special privilege to have been asked to launch Bloodlines here at the Margaret River Bookshop.  I first met Nic through a short story that she submitted to the journal Indigo when I was the fiction editor for that edition.  That was some years ago. One way or another we’ve been in touch ever […]
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Margaret River Short Story Competition. Laura Elvery has taken out the 1st prize with her story, Joiner Bay.  Laura is a writer from Brisbane. Her work has been published in The Big Issue Fiction Edition, Kill Your Darlings, Award-Winning Australian Writing and Griffith Review. In […]
We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the annual Margaret River Short Story Competition.  The final judge and editor of the collection, award winning writer Ellen van Neerven said she was very impressed with the high standard of entries and has selected seventeen stories for the collection.  Those shortlisted are : WA Emily Paull, […]
Impossible Preludes – Perth Launch Speech By Dennis Haskell Andrew_Taylor’s Impossible Preludes is his sixteenth or seventeenth book of poems, but the first poetry collection to appear from the energetic Margaret River Press. They could hardly have picked a better poet to begin with, even though he now lives far from Margaret River. It is telling […]
Impossible Preludes – Sydney Launch Speech By David Brooks There are at least four things a launch of a collection of poetry should do: honour the author, honour the book (in this case beautifully designed and produced by Margaret River Press), honour poetry itself, and goad/entice those attending into buying the collection. I’m going to mix […]
The Australian Short Story Festival has secured its place as a significant event in the Australian literary calendar following the outstanding success of our inaugural festival held in Perth last weekend, October 21-23. More than 1100 people attended the three-day festival, showcasing some of Australia’s most celebrated writers and a unique line-up of storytellers in […]
Julie_Koh’s Shibboleth Sydney launch speech Julie_Koh is a fiction writer based in Sydney. Her new collection of short stories, Portable Curiousities, is published by UQP and has been shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. The short story is an art form that causes early death. It’s been proven that every time a […]
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