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Beautiful Sentences

“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together” ~ J.D Salinger. On Saturday 1 June I’ll be teaching a workshop on writing beautiful sentences at the NSW … Continue reading

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Mudgee Readers Festival: 10-12 Aug 2018

This August I’ll be travelling back to Wiradjuri country for the Mudgee Readers Festival. I’ve visited Mudgee a few times, for its lovely wines, including some of our first organic vineyards. But this time it is all about books! Well, … Continue reading

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EWF Sessions

I’m proud to be one of the Ambassadors for this year’s Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) in Melbourne, which starts today. It’s a great festival if you can get along, with lots of industry tips for aspiring and emerging writers. Weekend … Continue reading

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Developing Your Novel masterclass @BWF14

I’ll be teaching a masterclass about how to develop your novel from zero draft to masterpiece at this year’s Brisbane Writer’s Festival. We’ll be looking at a mix of practical techniques for structuring and mapping your story as well as some more playful … Continue reading

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On Rooks

I’ve kept this picture of two Lewis chessmen on the wall by my writing desk for more than ten years. There’s something about the beserker, crazy-eyed and biting his shield. Seventy-eight chessmen were found on the Isle of Lewis, in the … Continue reading

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first review of Mr Wigg

from Bookseller and Publisher: Mr Wigg (Inga Simpson, Hachette,   July) reviewed by John PurcellThe book that comes to mind on   having finished Inga Simpson’s Mr Wigg is Harper Lee’s To Kill a   Mockingbird. They share nothing much … Continue reading

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Discovering Lauren Groff

David Vann, speaking on a panel at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival in September this year, said that he only reads books which contain beautiful sentences. I read more widely, up to a thousand pages a week – for my research, work and pleasure. I enjoy … Continue reading

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Hippmenes caught the bear-suckled huntress, Atalanta, in a footrace and marriage by throwing her three quinces to slow her down Continue reading

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