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Jacqui Brown: Screw You, Mrs Bennett

Jacqui Brown: Screw You, Mrs Bennett

Today's guest in the attic, Jacqui Brown, is warm, vivacious and humorous, all of which is evident in her writing. Jacqui's one of the group of writers I met while at Varuna who helped make my stay so special. I hope you enjoy her post—there's nothing better than...

Pam Cook: Finding the Courage to be Yourself

Pam Cook: Finding the Courage to be Yourself

I'm delighted to welcome well known and well loved Australian author, Pam Cook, to the attic today. Many of you will know Pam from her four published books, as well as the Writes 4 Women podcast she hosts with Kel Butler. Pam is about to publish her fifth book, but...

Michael Trant: Just Do It

Michael Trant: Just Do It

My friend and fellow Allen and Unwin stablemate, Michael Trant, joins me in the attic today. Mike's one of the most likeable, funny and down-to-earth people I know, and all of that comes across in his piece today. I love what he has to say about just getting the job...

Robyn Cadwallader: The Angel Among the Chaos

Robyn Cadwallader: The Angel Among the Chaos

I'm always deeply grateful to the writers who contribute to Writers in the Attic. Their words never fail to give me something to think about, or bestow a nugget of wisdom or just make me feel less lonely on this torturous journey to a novel. Robyn's piece did all of...

Portland Jones: Why I Run

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

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

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

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

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...