News, Reviews and Interviews

Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World

Interview on ABC Overnights, about Elizabeth Macarthur.

Elizabeth Macarthur shortlisted for the CHASS Australia Book Prize

Elizabeth Macarthur shortlisted for the State Library NSW Ashurst Business Literature Prize.

Review of Elizabeth Macarthur in The Australian newspaper.

Q&A with The Wheeler Centre.

Radio interview with Geraldine Doogue, for Radio National’s Saturday Extra.

Review of Elizabeth Macarthur in The Otago Daily Times NZ newspaper.

Radio interview on 3CR program, Published or Not

Review of Elizabeth Macarthur in The West Australian newspaper.

Article in a UK local paper that serves Elizabeth Macarthur’s Devonshire birthplace.

Online reviews of Elizabeth Macarthur: Sue Terry at Whispering Gums; Dr Catie Gilchrist at  Dictionary of Sydney; Lisa Hill at ANZLitlovers; biographer Nathan Hobby; Bill Holloway at The Australian Legend (plus author interview); and Danielle Binks at Alpha Reader.

Upcoming Events

Michelle is available for speaking engagements, book signings, interviews, and festivals.

“The venue was filled to capacity.  Michelle spoke with such ease and presented in such a natural and relaxed manner that everyone  warmed to her and was drawn into the life and world of Elizabeth Macarthur.”  

Please contact Madeleine Rebbechi: Madeleine.Rebbechi@textpublishing.com.au

New! One day online seminar for Writers Victoria

14 June 2020 – 10:00 to 4:00 PM

Click HERE for full details and bookings

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 want to tell someone else’s story then learn how to illuminate your subject with writing that is engaging, ethical and insightful.

This lively and practical workshop will use real-life examples to examine what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to writing other people’s lives.

Learning outcomes:

  • Ensuring your narrative is engaging and compelling – showing vs telling
  • Negotiating the ethics of writing about real people
  • Research and interview techniques and tips
  • Exploring different narrative structures, and applying them to your material
  • Next steps – honing your craft and/or seeking publication

Past Events

April 2020

Brighton Library – Online talk to book club

March 2020

Sunbury Library – Author Talk

U3A Deepdene – Author Talk

November 2019

Lyceum Club, Sydney – Author Talk

State Library NSW – ‘In Conversation’ with Bri Lee and Dr Larissa Behrendt

September 2019

Panellist ‘Path to Publication’ – HardCopy Professional Development Program (ACT Writers Centre)

August 2019

Radio interview – ABC Overnights

Probus Rosanna – Author talk

July 2019

Writers Victoria – Panellist on ‘Ask Me Anything About Biography’

June 2019

Bellingen Reader & Writers Festival, NSW

May 2019

Clunes Booktown Festival – Chair of Panel Session ‘The State of Writing’

Life Writing Workshop – Society of Women Writers, Victoria

February 2019

Robertsons Park, Watsons Bay NSW – Official unveiling of Elizabeth Macarthur memorial plaque

Queens Club, Sydney – Author talk

Lyceum Club, Melbourne – Author talk

November 2018

Book Club – Author chat to members

September 2018

Camden Park House Open Weekend – Author talk and book sales

August 2018

Bendigo Writers Festival – In conversation with Ruth Ford

Australian Women in Agriculture Annual Conference – Guest speaker

U3A Melbourne – Guest lecture

Woodend Rotary – Author talk

July 2018

Southern Highlands Writers Festival – In conversation with Lucy Palmer

Alexandra Club – Author Talk

June 2018

Brunswick Bound Bookshop – First Chapters Event

Gleebooks, Sydney – Author Talk

Radio Interview: ABC Sydney with James Valentine

Woollahra Library, Sydney – Author Talk

Camden Historical Society, NSW – Guest Lecture

Williamstown Literary Festival – In conversation with Georgina Arnott

Clunes on Sunday – Author Talk

May 2018

Aesop’s Attic Bookshop, Kyneton – Author Talk

Springthorpe Retirement Village – Author Talk

La Trobe University, Creative and Professional Writing – Guest Lecture

April 2018 

Melbourne Athenaeum Library– Author Talk

North Carlton Library, Melbourne – Author Talk

Radio interviews: ABC Melbourne, ABC Sydney, ABC Central Victoria, ABC SA, ABC WA, 2SER, Radio Northern Beaches, 3CR – Published or Not Published, ABC NSW Country Hour, ABC Adelaide, ABC Radio Nightlife, ABC Radio National – Saturday Extra with Geraldine Doogue.

Woodend, Romsey and Castlemaine Libraries (Central Victoria) – Author Talks

Red Door Books of Lancefield – Signing Event