About Michelle Scott Tucker

Writer, reader and author of Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World.

Life Writing Workshop

Join me, Hazel Edwards and Ray Mooney at a life writing workshop hosted by the Society of Women Writers. We'll be speaking about biography, memoir, family history and fact versus fiction. Author talks, panels and practical workshops AND lunch.  How good is that? When: Saturday 11 May 2019 Venue: Library At the Dock – Performance Space, Lvl 2, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands, Victoria 3008 Members $40 Non-members $60 (lunch included) Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/BBSEY What is the Society of Women Writers? I'm glad you asked. According to their website, the Society of Women [...]

2019-05-08T20:23:00+10:00 May 8th, 2019|Writing|1 Comment

Shortlisted!

Surprised - and ludicrously happy - to find that Elizabeth Macarthur  has been shortlisted for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. Some info about the prize, according to the website: Launched in 2004 by Blake Dawson and the State Library of NSW, the $30,000 Ashurst Business Literature Prize is acknowledged as Australia’s most important award for business writing. The prestigious prize was originally established by law firm Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) and the State Library of NSW to encourage the highest possible standards of literary commentary on Australian business and financial [...]

2019-04-12T17:45:23+10:00 April 12th, 2019|Elizabeth Macarthur, Life, Writing|7 Comments

New Edition

Ooooh! Look what was just delivered to my place - a beautiful new edition of Elizabeth Macarthur. Just quietly, I think I like this cover better. I fear the previous one was in danger of being dismissed as 'a woman's book'.  That's not a joke.  I took my daughter into a bookshop recently, one of a large commercial chain.  In an effort to embarrass her even more than usual, I took her hunting for a copy of my book.  There it was on the Biography shelf.  Nice. Then we went [...]

2019-03-01T21:11:16+10:00 March 1st, 2019|Elizabeth Macarthur|5 Comments

The Billabong Books and Me

The books, old and musty, were stashed at the back of a cupboard for want of shelf space. They’d been there for quite a while. A friend of my mother had owned them once, but had passed them on, suggesting vaguely that “Michelle might like them.” I was in primary school, probably, an avid reader but not much tempted by the heavy, old-fashioned tomes, with no dust jacket or blurb to hint at what lay within. Not tempted until boredom drove me, one weekend, to dig out those books. Reader, [...]

2019-01-14T20:36:15+10:00 January 14th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments

Book Review: Flames by Robbie Arnott

Evocative. Intriguing. Compelling. Flames is a wonderful novel, and Arnott is a terrific new young voice in Australian fiction. In this assured debut, Arnott immerses the reader in the Tasmanian landscape, in weird and often uncanny ways. At a superficial level, we follow the story of twenty-three-year-old Charlotte McAllister. Charlotte's mother has just died and returned (briefly) from the dead, her father is absent, and her brother wants to build her a coffin. In her grief, Charlotte flees southwards to an isolated, and improbable, wombat farm where she discovers more [...]

2018-07-16T18:26:20+10:00 July 16th, 2018|Book Review|6 Comments

Joining the Stella team

In a move that surprised me as much as anyone else, I've been selected as the new Executive Director of the Stella Prize. My new role was announced today, and I'll be starting in early August. In a very short time, Stella has made an important impact on the Australian literary landscape. I feel excited – and privileged – to be selected to lead a team whose work remains so relevant and necessary. Not sure yet how, or if, my new role will change what I blog about. I guess [...]

2018-07-03T12:36:00+10:00 July 3rd, 2018|Life|15 Comments

Random Thoughts About Author Talks

People are generous. My author talk at 'Clunes on Sunday' was chaired by a woman who had inherited her farm from her mother, who had inherited it from her own mother. She told me that mine was the first book she'd read in twenty years and that she'd enjoyed it very much. She also said - and I think this is the nicest compliment I've ever received about my writing - that it read like it was written by someone from the country.* People are kind. Elizabeth Macarthur's descendant, John Macarthur-Stanham, [...]

2018-06-19T22:14:35+10:00 June 19th, 2018|Life, Writing|5 Comments

Speaking as an author…

I was afraid, when I began to do author talks, that someone would take me to task about this dubious fact, or that poorly argued inference. I thought they might interrogate me about my sources, or debate the validity of some of my suppositions. It hasn't happened. Not yet, anyway. What I AM constantly being asked is why, and how, I first became interested in EM. If you're wondering too, I wrote about the answer to that ages ago, in a post you can find here. Sometimes I'm asked about [...]

2018-05-27T19:02:02+10:00 May 27th, 2018|Author Interviews, Writing|4 Comments

Out and about, talking about Elizabeth Macarthur

Promoting the book has so far been a very happy, enjoyable process. Talking to interesting people, hanging out in libraries and bookshops, eating scones - seriously, what's not to love? And yes, those scones pictured left were laid on after my talk by the lovely Clare, who owns Aesop's Attic book shop in Kyneton, Victoria. They were homemade, and every bit as delicious as they look. I have finished my run of radio interviews for now and, just as I was getting very comfortable with delivering author talks, I seem [...]

2018-05-14T14:31:48+10:00 May 14th, 2018|Work in Progress|5 Comments

Good biography, bad biography – two brief book reviews

This year's winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography was Caroline Fraser, for Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. If, like me, you read the Little House on the Prairie books as a child, then you already know all about Laura Ingalls Wilder. She grew up in the 1800s on the American frontier, with Ma, Pa, blind sister Grace and little sister Carrie.  Ma was endlessly patient and good, and jovial Pa was wise and strong and brave. There were blizzards and locusts, danger and drama, all tempered by [...]

2018-04-27T12:00:42+10:00 April 27th, 2018|Book Review|9 Comments