Book Reviews

‘Leaping into Waterfalls’ and losing track of old friends

A long time ago I became friends with someone because her partner was my then-boyfriend’s uncle. The three of them lived together in an old terrace house in Fremantle, and we bonded over our love of red wine, books and morbid humour. She was twenty years older than me, but we somehow clicked, and when… Continue reading ‘Leaping into Waterfalls’ and losing track of old friends

Book Reviews, General Ramblings

Amanda Lohrey’s ‘The Labyrinth’ and making things by hand

All the animals at Berlin's Anoha museum are handmade from recycled objects by various Berlin artists The cure for many ills, noted Jung, is to build something, and this is the epigraph and theme of Amanda Lohrey’s atmospheric novel, The Labyrinth (Text). It’s my second read by a Tassie author this month and further proof… Continue reading Amanda Lohrey’s ‘The Labyrinth’ and making things by hand

book reviews, General Ramblings, writing community

Reading, watching, listening

The City Kino in Wedding Reading is what fuels my writing, and possibly since deleting my Twitter account I’ve gotten back into it big time. Here are a few books I’ve adored recently.How to End a Story by Helen GarnerOof. Helen Garner’s account of her marriage breakdown to 'V'. Beautiful writing, as always, and so… Continue reading Reading, watching, listening

Writing tricks

Australia Council grants for the unseasoned professional

It came as quite a shock to me that there are writers who dedicate a set amount of time every single week to writing applications for grants, residencies and funding. And I can see why – who doesn't want time and space and money to write? – so I was really happy to find out… Continue reading Australia Council grants for the unseasoned professional

Writing tricks

Writing workshop: using place names in your writing

When writing prose, it's easy to get stuck on the mechanics of the story – who is speaking? Was the baby asleep in the last scene? Could it really be dusk already? .... and the writing itself can sometimes feel secondary, just a means of getting your characters from A to B. So turning up… Continue reading Writing workshop: using place names in your writing