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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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International Women’s Day 2019

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...

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Laurie Steed: The Short Way Around

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.’

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