About Michelle Scott Tucker

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

Book Review: Aftershocks by Michelle Tom

​Memoirs are too often judged only by the power of the story. Tom’s story is powerful and moving all right, but also as beautifully written as any literary fiction. Aftershocks is Tom's first book but she began her career as a print journalist, in New Zealand, and it shows - in a good way. Arresting imagery, compelling characterisations and a driving narrative are contained within a swirling structure that beautifully captures the circular and  fragmentary nature of memory. Remarkably, though, Aftershocks remains an 'easy' read. Tom's prose is clear and purposeful; [...]

2022-04-18T12:28:35+10:00April 18th, 2022|Book Review|2 Comments

Lunch on the mountain with writers

At long last! The very first, much-anticipated Mountain Writers Festival event is out in the world.  I'm on the organising committee and it's been quite the wild Covid-cancellation ride - so we're all very excited. Sophie Cunningham It’s a lunch on Saturday 26 March at The Wine Collective in Macedon with 4 amazing writers speaking – see below.   Tickets on sale now at mountainwritersfestival.com.au If you happen to be free and able to come along, I’d love to see you there BUT – absolutely no pressure!  Totally understand that you might [...]

2022-03-06T11:29:54+11:00March 4th, 2022|Author Talk, Writing|0 Comments

Lost at Sandy Gallop Asylum

Sandy Gallop Asylum Source: ABC News     I've been trying to source information about the great-grandfather of my memoir subject (my subject is Aaron Fa'Aoso, his great-grandfather was Guy Townson). Aaron remains very close to his Nan, was essentially raised by her, and Guy was her father. The following excerpt from the draft manuscript is Aaron's recollection of Guy's heartbreaking story. Guy Townson was the skipper of a pearling ketch, and he spent the last years of his life in a mental hospital in Ipswich, in southern [...]

2022-02-12T12:50:12+11:00February 12th, 2022|Aaron Fa'Aoso, Work in Progress|2 Comments

Mountain Writers Festival

So. I'm on a committee. And we're trying to run some interesting bookish events, in a beautiful place. If that's your bag too, consider following Mountain Writers Festival, which will be held in Macedon, Victoria - in the beautiful Macedon Ranges. The Mountain Writers Festival will run on 5-6 November 2022. Friends of the festival just call it Mountain - you can too. The festival’s focus on place, story and nature not just as a theme, but as the festival’s entire purpose now and into the future, is unique in Australia. [...]

Online Writing Workshop

Still a couple of places left in this one-day workshop (Sat 9 Oct, 2021). I'd be super grateful if you could spread the word! Book here. Last time I ran it we had a terrific time - great discussions, and lots of laughter. Interstate peeps and non-members of Writers Vic are very welcome too. Suits writers at all levels. Sometimes the most compelling stories are about other people. Whether you’re writing biography, interested in ghost writing, drawing together your family or local history, or even thinking about feature interviews–if you [...]

2021-09-28T11:36:28+10:00September 17th, 2021|Writing|0 Comments

Keynote Panel: The hidden history of women

I was SO looking forward to participating in this panel, in real life. I wanted to meet the other speakers, catch up with the awesome facilitator, chat with audience members afterwards. But one of the few benefits of being forced by COVID-19 to pivot to an online format is this: what turned out to be a fascinating discussion is preserved, via Zoom, for (hopefully) a wider audience. Join facilitator Kelly Gardiner (author and host of the podcast Unladylike) and panellists Mirranda Burton (author of Underground: Marsupial Outlaws and Other Rebels of [...]

Port Fairy Literary Weekend

Next weekend you'll find me in Port Fairy, enjoying and talking about all things bookish. Even The Husband will be there (although it's possible he'll spend most of his time fishing...) Why don't you join us, at the Port Fairy Literary Weekend? I'm on a panel with debut novelist Nicole Kelly (her book Lament is a re-imagining of the Ned Kelly story) and we'll be talking about history and its gendered gaze. But there are so many other excellent writers and speakers on the program that you'll be spoilt for [...]

Literary Grants: how to win them

You’ve volunteered to be a member of a grant assessment panel. The submissions have all been sent through, and you’re looking at the vast pile of proposals in horror. There are so many, and the pot of money you can distribute is so small. So you pour yourself a cuppa, and settle in to read and take notes. And all the while, as you look through each proposal, you’re sorting them out in your mind (or, better, on a spreadsheet). In this first read-through, though, you’re probably just skim-reading, and [...]

2021-07-02T19:29:58+10:00June 15th, 2021|Writing|8 Comments

Book Review: Sea People

I can’t even begin to tell you how good this book is, but let's see how I go. Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia is, as author Christina Thompson admits in the prologue, as "much a story about what happened as a story about what we know." In charting the story of Polynesian settlement in the Pacific, Thompson also charts the way Europeans have collected knowledge about the region, and have made meaning from it. Some of the European observers are well known - James Cook, Joseph Banks, Thor Heyerdahl [...]

2021-05-31T21:15:54+10:00May 31st, 2021|Book Review|7 Comments
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