Category Archives: books; authors; Australia

Looking back

Yesterday, at the Tate Modern, I noticed some words of Kurt Vonnegut’s from his war novel SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE. They were written on a wall, just near a new graphic show, and they read: “People aren’t supposed to look back.” There’s … Continue reading

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Society of Editors lecture

Jeni Lewington has very kindly written up a talk I gave last August to the Queensland branch of the Society of Editors. Dangling the carrot: a storyteller’s secrets Report by Jeni Lewington Susan Johnson, novelist, journalist and non-fiction author, is … Continue reading

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Joan London’s exquisite new novel

I hardly ever write reviews (for obvious reasons). However, I love making exceptions, and Joan London’s wonderful new novel THE GOLDEN AGE makes a glorious exception. Here endeth the superlatives….. This is a short review wot I wrote for the … Continue reading

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Excited passions: some thoughts on The Writer As Saint

IF EVER THERE was a writer revered as a saint-like figure, Amherst’s gothic 19th century poet Emily Dickinson is it. Gnomic, ethereal (possibly anorexic) and given to appearing without warning at doorways in front of startled visitors. Before she was … Continue reading

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My Hundred Lovers hits the stage….

Some interesting news: Melbourne-based actor and director Leisa Shelton talked me into agreeing to a stage adaptation of my last novel My Hundred Lovers and we have just learned that the project has got the green light. Over the years … Continue reading

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Finished, and finished

Finishing a book is like waking, cured, from an illness; a fever perhaps, something febrile and unwavering. When I am in the grip of a book everything but the writing of the book falls away: in the old days, before … Continue reading

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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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