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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 - [...]

Six minutes with Stella Glorie

This interview was so much fun: in only six minutes we discuss truth, books and Dolly Parton! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJuzlPz_nTg

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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