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Portland Jones: Why I Run

My friendship with today's guest began back in 2014 when we were both shortlisted for the TAG Hungerford Award. Her book, Seeing the Elephant, was later published by Margaret River Press. Its poignant story and the lyricism and beauty of the prose have stayed with me...

Cassie Hamer: After the Launch

I suspect every author who's ever been published will relate to today's post. Publishing a book isn't all champagne launches and book signings and glowing reviews. Those moments happen, and they're incredible, but there are the thorny times, too—the times where you...

Amanda Curtin: On Knowing Your Own Name

I'm honoured to be joined in the attic today by Amanda Curtin. Not only does she know how to turn a beautiful phrase, and not only is she one of the most beloved writers in the country, and not only have I long admired and respected her work, but she's also one of the...

Varuna 2019

So I've returned home from Varuna, a writers' house in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains of NSW. I've spent time at Varuna before (see here and here), back in 2014 when I was the recipient of a residential fellowship, so I knew it was exactly what I needed at this point...

12 Tips on Giving a Good Author Talk

As a published author, you're expected to speak at writers festivals, libraries, book clubs and to writing and community groups. But, if you're anything like me, the notion of public speaking might fill you with terror. I'm not, by nature, a public speaker. Speaking...

Lee Kofman: On Imperfection and Writing

As I read the first memoir penned by today's guest, I remember thinking, When I grow up, I want to write like this. I was underlining phrases and making notes in the margins, such was the beauty of the prose. But, even better, there was a searing honesty about her...

International Women’s Day 2019

I wrote these words in honour of International Women's Day. It's a passionate piece for which I make no apologies, because everything I've written here has been drawn from my experiences since girlhood. This is why we need International Women's Day, and why it's...

Laurie Steed: The Short Way Around

‘It’s as if short stories are love letters from the perennially shy. It’s as though these stories are quiet whispers that somehow echoed out into the world. As my lifeline and release, they enable me to be and love, and never grasp too tight for my place in the world.’

Three Things I Need Before I Can Write A Novel

At the end of last year, I wrote a post called The Trouble With Second Novels after I'd abandoned my second attempt at writing a second novel. At that time, I was trying to keep myself buoyant because I was feeling rather deflated—I'd hoped to have a...