Archives for May 2011

On Reading I – part 2: The lure of 100 free classics and other thoughts about my Kobo

Initially, there was something comforting about those free, one hundred ‘classics’ — the thought of absorbing all those wonderful words but it turned out to be a false sense of comfort because too much choice is sometimes enough and the distraction resulted in a lot of fractured reading on my part. Either too much choice […]

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2011: Judy Johnson and Jesse Blackadder at Varuna

Fiction in History In this session about historical fiction and telling the stories of those who may have been forgotten, Carol Major spoke with poet/novelist Judy Johnson (The Secret Fate of Mary Watson) and Jesse Blackadder (The Raven’s Heart). All three writers are Varuna alumni. Judy Johnson’s novel is set in far-north Queensland and is […]

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2011: Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Nominees at Varuna

New Voices From Across the Globe David Brooks — author, poet, short story writer, essayist and co-editor of Southerly hosted this event in which three contenders for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize , read from and spoke about their works. It turned into a celebration of the short story form which is appropriate as this year […]

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2011: Thomas Keneally and Edmund Campion at Varuna

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Varuna, the Writers’ House — Australia’s only national, residential  writers’ centre. Varuna holds an important place in Australia’s literary and political heritage. The ‘Grand Old Lady of the Mountains’, The Carrington hotel in Katoomba is the home of the increasingly popular Varuna program of Sydney Writers’ Festival. Built […]

Brothers: Justice, Corruption and the Mickelbergs by Antonio Buti

  3.5 stars (a good book within its genre as per Bookseller+Publisher ratings system) Published by Fremantle Press, $32.95 tpb ISBN 9781921888472 Set against the excesses of the 1980s and populated with scandals, corrupt cops and corporate cowboys, Brothers is the saga of the notorious Perth Mint Swindle of 1982 in which more than half […]

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