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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 […]
Who Are Your Writing For? By Kate_Glenister A few months ago, I was casually browsing through Readings in Carlton when I unexpectedly spotted copies of Shibboleth & Other Stories on the shelf. It was still over a month until the launch of the collection, but I made grabby-hands at a copy: there it was, my […]
Storytellers By Kate_Glenister When I was asked to be the Margaret River Press guest blogger for October, my first thought was ‘me? Really?’ As a writer, this process of questioning myself is nothing if not a familiar concept. I was lucky enough to be featured in Margaret River Press’ 2016 collection ‘Shibboleth & Other Stories’, […]
The Genesis of an Affair By Isabelle Li (Book Launch Speech, Sydney, July 10 2016) Today is the launch of A Chinese Affair, but more importantly, it’s a gathering of friends: readers and writers, poets and philosophers, artists, musicians and dancers, my teachers, classmates and colleagues. I am so delighted that you join me to […]
Where Do Ideas Come From? By Jo_Riccioni I’ve started teaching creative writing recently and the question I’m most often asked by new writers is where story ideas come from. I wish I could give them the answer they desperately want: that there’s an Aldi or Costco for story lines, somewhere writers in the know go […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Recently I read an interview with the English writer, Hilary Mantel, which got me thinking about the role of the author in writing historical fiction. Mantel is a rigorous researcher (which, being a researcher myself, I admire) and insists on the novelist’s duty to stick to the facts, as they’re set out in the history […]
Water always runs to the deepest point, to where the land is lowest. For me, the same is true of writing. The words fall into the places that lie deep beneath. I think of them as the 2am places. The ones you usually hide with conversation and movement. The voice in your head that you […]
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