Category Archives: books; authors; Australia

Australian Society of Authors National Congress 2013

National Writers Congress     Anna Funder gave a brilliant – and blistering – opening address at the first National Congress of the Australian Society of Authors held in Sydney last year. Now the ASA has uploaded a link to … Continue reading

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ABC612 Brisbane Hot Ticket

Briefly out of hibernation yesterday to do a quick gig on ABC Brisbane’s 612 with Tim Cox’s Drivetime. Basically a chance to talk about what everyone is reading, seeing, watching. I am totally out of the GAME OF THRONES hysteria … Continue reading

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A Country Too Far

Last week it was Queensland’s turn to celebrate the wonderful anthology A COUNTRY TOO FAR, with its editors Tom Keneally and Rosie Scott, at Brisbane’s Multicultural Development Associaton. The launch was timely: the same week it was reported that an … Continue reading

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On faith

THIS WEEK I AM leaving journalism (again) for the perils of fiction. I’m returning to that trackless place, without the guide of who/why/when/where (the four “w’s” we were told as cadet journalists we needed to put into our stories). Unlike … Continue reading

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Mudgee Readers’ Festival 2013

    Mudgee Readers’ Festival 2013 Just a shout out to anyone within cooee of Mudgee this weekend August 10-11. A small group of authors including Stephanie Dowrick, Sarah Turnbull, Bettina Arndt, Katherine Howell, Tara Moss, Peter Goldsworthy and me will … Continue reading

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Voting for the Courier Mail People’s Choice Book of the Year is open!

And My Hundred Lovers is on it…. Very chuffed indeed to be on a list that includes the wonderful Kristina Olsson and Matthew Condon. I’m a big fan, too, of Melissa Lucashenko — haven’t read the other books, but wish … Continue reading

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Still standing

  WHEN MY BOYS were small, they loved a story I used to read to them about an adventurous mouse who went to sea. When the mouse was young he stood in the harbour and watched the boats sail away, … Continue reading

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I’m not a chick lit writer but….

Fifty Shades of Chick Lit at the 2013 Perth Writers Festival, ABC Big Ideas Anita Heiss, Zoe Foster and me discussing why there is no such thing as men’s writing. Was Jane Austen the world’s first chick lit writer? (Answer: … Continue reading

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Add your own lover!

Inspired by the beautiful photographs that readers have sent me regarding their own hundred lovers, I’m inviting anyone who cares to send to me a pic of a lover, and I’ll post it here. And here’s the first pic, which Pam … Continue reading

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In praise of Helen Garner….thanks to Edwina Shaw

Edwina Shaw on Helen Garner\’s THE SPARE ROOM Very chuffed to get mentioned in the same breath as Helen Garner in last weekend’s THE AUSTRALIAN. I’ve been belatedly alerted to Brisbane writer Edwina Shaw writing on her favourite novel. She … Continue reading

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