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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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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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How stories are made

“The story does not exist as a story until the writer makes it.”  Helen Garner A story is not lying there on the ground like a pebble, waiting to be picked up. Reasons to love Helen Garner, or why a … Continue reading

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Here is the news….

Where to start? Haven’t had a chance to catch my breath, hence dearth of blog posts…apologies. Well, let’s start with last weekend at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. I hear that previous festivals have been waterlogged and muddy but, hey, … Continue reading

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My Hundred Lovers Book Launch

Everyone welcome to come along to Avid Reader Bookshop in BrizVegas on May 30 to see Matthew Condon launch My Hundred Lovers. It’s been a long time in the making this book — you would never know it from such … Continue reading

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My beautiful new cover

My Hundred Lovers Out in June. I’ll be doing a gig at Emundi in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, a library on the Gold Coast, writer’s festivals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Mudgee and Byron Bay and a few other things (Avid … Continue reading

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Page proofing MY HUNDRED LOVERS

What a strange business it is, page proofing a book. The hard work is done (the writing that is — I always find editing easy in comparison. I am ruthless: cut, cut, cut). For the first time you are able … Continue reading

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Quote for the day

But for me successful writing has usually been a case of having found good conditions for real, effortless concentration. – Ted Hughes Aint that the truth.

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A name is a name is a name….

So sue me. I said, ages ago, that I was going to call the protaganist/heroine/main character of my new novel My Hundred Lovers: the autobiography of a body Susan. Now, all my closest friends know the reasons for this. It … Continue reading

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