Gilgamesh by Joan London

Gilgamesh by Joan London

I've just finished 'Gilgamesh' by Joan London. This novel was shortlisted for the 2002 Miles Franklin Award and longlisted for the Orange Prize and the Dublin Impac. It's also been published in Europe, the UK, and the USA. The title of the book comes from the ancient...

My Writing Process

My Writing Process

I've been tagged by two writers to join in a blog hop about writing and the writing process: Laurie Steed is a short story writer and Patricia Hackett Prize winning author from Perth, Western Australia. His work has appeared in Best Australian...

The People Smuggler, by Robin de Crespigny

The People Smuggler, by Robin de Crespigny

“People smugglers are the vilest form of human life. They trade on the tragedy of others and that’s why they should rot in jail and in my own view, rot in hell.” Kevin Rudd, 2009. Robin de Crespigny gives us a truer picture of this industry in...

Finally Made It …

Finally Made It …

I finally made it to Melbourne this weekend, just a little later than planned ... Friday started with a trip to the hairdresser for pre-flight coif and colour. Given the fact that this was the first time I'd coloured my hair, I was a little disappointed that...

Writing With(out) Kids

Writing With(out) Kids

I haven't spent much time on my novel since I returned from Varuna. There are many reasons for this—every time I've sat down to write, the phone has rung, or there's been a knock at the door, or a child tapping on the attic door, or someone off sick...

Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears

Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears

Foal's Bread by Gillian Mears was published 2011. It won the 2012 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction, and was short-listed for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award. This is the summary from the Allen...

My Journey to Writing

My Journey to Writing

If someone had asked me a decade ago what I would be doing in ten years' time, writing a novel would not have been on the list, nor on the horizon. It wasn't even on the planet. I'd always thought of myself as Maths/Science orientated as I found those...

More Images of Varuna

More Images of Varuna

I'm on the downhill week of my stay at Varuna and I'll be sad to leave this enchanted place. I've been hard at work on my novel. Last week, I met with Carol Major, one of the consultants here, who gave me some wise and valuable suggestions for my novel. I've taken on...

Images of Varuna

Images of Varuna

Welcome to Varuna: This is my home for the next two weeks. For anyone who doesn't know, Varuna is in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. It was the family home of Eric and Eleanor Dark, and since 1989 it has served as a writers' centre. Writers come to work on their...

Cicada, by Moira McKinnon

Cicada, by Moira McKinnon

'Cicada' is Moira McKinnon's first novel and what an epic it is. Moira is a doctor who has worked extensively in the Kimberley. The landscape and the people obviously left their mark, and this is not the first time she has written about the area—her essay, 'Who Killed...

Happy Birthday, Dear Blog

Happy Birthday, Dear Blog

The blog turned one-year-old this week, on March 25th to be exact. Just before its first birthday, the blog hit 20,000 views. Considering that it doesn't have a theme, I don't blog on a particular subject of expertise, and I don't have a product (yet), I was happy...

The Novel: An Update

The Novel: An Update

I haven’t been writing as much for the blog, nor stalking reading and commenting on other blogs. I’ve spent less time on Facebook (a good thing), replying to emails (not so good), and my poor family haven't seen much of me (definitely bad). I've appeared at...

The Light Between Oceans, by M L Stedman

The Light Between Oceans, by M L Stedman

This is M L Stedman's debut novel, released in 2012. The story is set in the 1920’s, on Janus Rock, a tiny island off the Western Australian coast. Tom and Isabel Sherbourne are the sole inhabitants of Janus, where Tom is the lighthouse-keeper. They are meant to be...

Why I Walk

Why I Walk

Every day I walk—it's become something I have to do. It keeps me sane, as well as fit. The dog enjoys it, too. I need to exercise outdoors—I’ve never been a fan of gyms. One year, I bought a gym membership for $440 and used it eight times. At only $55 per visit, that...