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Shallow Crossing

The flash and gleam of light, the plop and bubble of others, below – the constant play of a world within a world that knows its own secret. Continue reading

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Nature Writing @ Reality Bites

Inga will be teaching a nature writing workshop as part of the Reality Bites Writers Festival at Cooroy Library on Friday morning, 24 October. Reality Bites is a wonderful non-fiction festival (though touches of fiction are creeping in, showing how blurry … 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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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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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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Rupetta lives

    Nike Sulway’s wonderful novel, Rupetta, about a partly mechanical woman who lives four hundred years, hits the stands next month, published by Tartarus Press, in the UK. If you don’t know Tartarus, they publish beautifully bound books in the … 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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Audubon

Last but by no means least of the great naturalists who forged a path for nature writing was John James Audubon (1785-1851). He was a colourful character, which is reflected in his illustrations and writings. The illegitimate son of a … Continue reading

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William Bartram

Three early American natural history writers had a particular influence on the development of nature writing: William Bartram, Alexander Wilson and John James Audubon. As Romanticism shifted the emphasis from the physical qualities of the landscape to the feelings it engendered in … Continue reading

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Gilbert White’s A Natural History of Selbourne

Gilbert White believed that those who study “only one district are much more likely to advance natural knowledge than those that grasp at more than they can possibly be acquainted with: every kingdom, every province, should have its own monographer.”
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