Beautiful, beautiful blurbs

So the blurbs for my book have arrived. I can't begin to explain how pleased, grateful and - well - humbled I'm feeling. So I'll stop explaining, and let you read them for yourself. ‘The triumphs and trials of Elizabeth Macarthur, a capable business woman and dedicated wife and mother, are given their due in this impressively researched biography.’ Brenda Niall ‘Finally, Elizabeth Macarthur steps out from the long shadow of her infamous, entrepreneurial husband. In Michelle Scott Tucker’s devoted hands, Elizabeth emerges as a canny businesswoman, charming diplomat, loving [...]

2018-03-24T23:56:48+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Writing|6 Comments

Does an emerging writer need an agent?

Well of course I'm going to say yes, because I HAVE AN AGENT!!!! Just signed a contract with Jacinta di Mase Management. Cue the happy, happy dance. And yes, signing with Jacinta was a direct result of my participation in the HardCopy program last year.  Jacinta represents over 50 authors including feminist commentator Clementine Ford, journalists Zoe Daniel and Angela Pippos, and historian and Stella Prize winner Clare Wright.  No pressure then. But actually, whether or not to go with a literary agent is something I've been thinking about for [...]

2018-03-27T19:36:17+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Writing|0 Comments

Stella Prize Longlist 2016

It was standing room only in the Spiegeltent tonight, at the launch of the Stella Sparks campaign and the announcement of the 2016 Stella Prize longlist. Seven wonderful Australian writers (of fiction and non-fiction, prose and songs) each spoke to the assembled literati about Australian women writers that have inspired, provoked and moved them. Carrie Tiffany (Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living and Mateship with Birds) opened proceedings with a funny and heartfelt story about discovering Elizabeth Jolley's Palomino as a teenager.  Tiffany borrowed it from the local library because the [...]

2018-03-27T20:30:27+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Writing|0 Comments

Online Discussion with Clare Wright, author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

The lovely people at the ACT Writers Centre are going above and beyond to ensure that the HARDCOPY professional development program for emerging writers is a cracker. Last night we HARDCOPY participants were lucky enough to take part in an online discussion with Associate Professor Clare Wright. For 90 minutes we inundated her with questions and she gamely fielded them with wisdom and insight. It's hard to say what Clare is best known for: The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka won the 2014 Stella Prize; her first book Beyond the Ladies Lounge: [...]

2018-03-25T00:31:19+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Author Interviews, Writing|18 Comments

2014 – My Year in Books

It's that time of year when the blogosphere, literary journals and newspapers are full of lists of best books of 2014.  So, for what it's worth, here's a list of (almost) everything I've read this year for pleasure.  The comments are simply whatever small note I made (or didn't make) in my reading journal. I rarely bother to finish (or list) a book I don't enjoy.  I've reviewed some of those listed below but I only blog about books that are at least vaguely relevant to the topic of biography [...]

2018-03-21T14:55:41+00:00 December 23rd, 2014|Life|0 Comments