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 [...]
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 [...]
In which I talk to the nice people at The Wheeler Centre about deadlines, dead ponies and derivative bush ballads written from deepest suburbia. I have ALWAYS wanted to do one of these Q&As. I made my teenage son read it, to show him how hilariously funny I am. He remained unconvinced...
Interviews tomorrow with three different radio stations: listen in after 4pm to Radio Northern Beaches (Sydney); after 4:45pm to ABC Broken Hill; or after 5:45 (WA time) to ABC Drive WA. Am also speaking on Thursday morning with Wendy Harmer (yes, Wendy Harmer!!!!) - listen in after 9:00am to the ABC Sydney morning show. And on Friday it's one more interview, with ABC Bendigo (Central Victoria). Listen in after 10:30. If you're really keen, you can also listen online to last week's interviews: 2ser Sydney Breakfast Show. Fast forward to 1.04.10 [...]
Last week I reviewed The Daintree Blockade: The Battle for Australia's Tropical Rainforests. This week Bill Wilkie, the author of that excellent book, kindly took the time to answer some questions for me. He's also generously made a special offer to readers of this blog, Adventures in Biography. Details at the bottom of this post... Bill grew up in Brisbane and studied sociology and Australian history at the University of Queensland. He has lived in London, Dublin and Sydney, and travelled throughout Europe, Asia and South America. Bill now lives in [...]
Last night HARDCOPY participants (past and present) were lucky enough to take part in an online Facebook discussion with Australian novelist Lucy Treloar. Here are some of the highlights of Lucy’s responses (reproduced with the permission of Lucy, and of the HARDCOPY project officer Nigel Featherstone.) For 90 minutes Lucy was inundated with questions and she gamely fielded them with good cheer and fascinating insights. Lucy’s debut novel Salt Creek, was published by Picador in August 2015 (click through for my review). Salt Creek has been shortlisted for the 2016 [...]
Take note now so you can tell your bookish friends “I told you so.” Eleanor Limprecht is an Australian writer you’re likely to hear a lot more about. Limprecht is in the throes of launching her new book, Long Bay (which I reviewed last week) but she kindly took the time to answer some questions for me. Her answers are thoughtful and articulate – just like her books, really. And in a literary scoop for Adventures in Biography, read on to discover just how recently Limprecht became an Australian citizen – [...]
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: [...]