/Michelle Scott Tucker

About Michelle Scott Tucker

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

And now shortlisted – OMG!

In my last post I was thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Macarthur had been longlisted for the 2019 CHASS Australia Book Prize. Now I'm even more delighted to announce that Elizabeth Macarthur is now one of the three books on the shortlist. Wow! I mean - just - wow. The other two titles on the shortlist are:  - The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History, by Meredith Lake and published by NewSouth Books  - Eggshell Skull, by Bri Lee and published by Allen & Unwin What outstanding company Elizabeth is [...]

2019-10-10T20:49:16+11:00October 10th, 2019|Elizabeth Macarthur, Writing|4 Comments

Longlisted!

I am absolutely thrilled to find that Elizabeth Macarthur has been longlisted for the 2019 CHASS Australia Book Prize. And she's in some pretty amazing company. The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) has announced the longlist for its prestigious 2019 Australia Prize for a Book (non-fiction). The Book Prize will be awarded to an Australian citizen or permanent resident whose nonfiction book, published between 1 January and 31 December 2018, contributes most to Australian cultural and intellectual life. The longlisted titles, from an entry field of [...]

2019-09-26T14:37:14+11:00September 26th, 2019|Elizabeth Macarthur, Writing|2 Comments

On the radio

Because I love early mornings so very much, the kind people at ABC radio have invited me to speak on their Overnights program again. On the morning of Tuesday 3 September 2019. At 4:20 am. Yes, that IS when I'm at my best and brightest, thanks for asking. In case you missed it (because apparently the very excellent blogger and biographer Nathan Hobby is the only person in the world who actually heard it live), my last interview with Overnights was terrific, and you can listen to it here. This [...]

2019-08-28T14:53:36+11:00August 28th, 2019|Author Interviews|2 Comments

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+11:00May 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+11:00April 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+11:00March 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+11:00January 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+11:00July 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+11:00July 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+11:00June 19th, 2018|Life, Writing|5 Comments