Category Archives: Books

Nest longlisted for the Stella Prize

Nest has been longlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize. It’s among fine company, including Helen Garner’s This House of Grief, Maxine Beneba Clark’s Foreign Soil and Ellen Van Neerven’s Heat and Light.

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7 Feb – QWC Whispers Salon: A New Day

On Saturday, February 7, I’ll be taking part in the Queensland Writers Centre’s February Whispers event, ‘A New Day’.The salon will feature readings from Emerging creative non-fiction writer Warren Ward and poet and short fiction writer Carmen Leigh Keates, followed … Continue reading

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19-22 Feb – Perth Writers Festival

I’ll be taking part in the lovely Perth Writers Festival this year. It looks like a great line up, including Maxine Beneba Clarke, Brooke Davis, Kristina Olsson, and Ellen van Neerven. I’m looking forward to Bob Brown’s opening talk  and Elizabeth Gilbert’s … 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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BBWF: Nature Writing Workshop

I’m heading south for the Byron Way Writers Festival at the end of this month, hoping for the blissful Byron weather that the tent festival nearly always manages to delivers up. I’m looking forward to seeing Jeanette Winterson’s Keynote address on the … Continue reading

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SWF: 19-20 May

I’m participating in a few panels and teaching a workshop at the  2014 Sydney Writers Festival from 19-25 May. I’m also excited about seeing Melissa Lucashenko interview Alice Walker (Yes, Alice Walker!); Sarah Blasko & Josh Pike performing; and Emma Donoghue’s closing address. … Continue reading

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Maleny’s Celebration of Books

Don’t miss Maleny’s Celebration of Books this weekend – now in it’s second year. There’s a great program, including Steven Lang’s in conversation w Christos Tsiolkas on Monday night. He’ll be talking about his new novel, Barracuda, among other things. … Continue reading

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Consolations of the Forest

I’ve had a bit of a natter about cabins in the woods, solitude and rewilding  – around two lovely books: Sylvain Tesson’s Consolations of the Forest and George Monbiot’s Feral. ‘Some people can dine exclusively by feasting their eyes on … Continue reading

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BWF 4 – 8 September

I love the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF); it’s my favourite time of year. Brisbane usually turns on perfect spring weather, and a bunch of great writers are in town. It’s a time for strolling, listening, and thinking — refreshing your … Continue reading

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Potts Point Bookshop interview

                    Read the interview with the lovely Potts Point Bookstore about writing Mr Wigg …  

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