My work has been published in print and online. I’ve been a regular reviewer for Books+Publishing for many years and was Deputy Editor of gr (Good Reading) magazine. I’m a contributor with Inside History magazine, also review for the Reader’s Digest non-fiction Encounters series and have written a range of features for Cherrie magazine.
I was Deputy Editor of gr magazine from early 2008 until August 2008. I was lucky enough to interview these writers about their most recent and earlier works for the magazine’s author profiles pages:
AL Kennedy (The Scottish Storyteller Made in Australia May 2008 issue) Scottish writer and stand-up comedienne Alison Kennedy won the Costa Book of the Year Award in 2007 for her shattering novel Day. A superb short story writer, she has a lovely, wry sense of humour which had me in stitches when we spoke on the phone. Hoping she comes back to perform in Australia some time.
Debra Adelaide (carpe diem June 2008 issue) Not surprisingly, the charming The Household Guide to Dying became an international bestseller in 2008. An earlier novel, Serpent Dust, an imagining of the arrival of the First Fleet and its interaction with the first Australians is a stunning read.
Andrew Davidson ( Love Burns September 2008 issue) The release of Canadian Davidson’s debut The Gargoyle caused a literary storm. Davidson talked with me about the process of writing his first novel and his tendency to set fire to his work – yes I mean literally, with matches.
Marsha Mehran (Heartland October 2008 issue) Rosewater and Soda Bread, sequel to Pomegranate Soup continues the story of three Iranian sisters who emigrated to Ireland. Both novels are full of charm, humour, divine aromas and delicious recipes. The author spoke with me about her search for ‘home’.
Megan Abbott (Femme Fatale November 2008 issue) New Yorker and noir crime queen Megan Abbott loves her femmes fatales. Take a trip back to the world of screen noir and meet them in The Song is You, Die a Little and Queenpin.
These cover stories appeared in GR as follows:
Getting Recognised Article about the ABC Fiction Awards (April 2008). Unfortunately these awards no longer exist but I read four novels, three of which were entrants in the last round of the competition. Will Elliott won the 2008 comp with the creepy The Pilo Family Circus. The Crimes of Billy Fish by Sarah Hopkins was highly commended. It’s a gritty, moving story of a man trying to put the broken bits and pieces of his life back together. The Con by Jesse Pentecost takes us inside a Conservatorium of Music and 2007 winner Luck in the Greater West by Damian McDonald is a raw story of life in Sydney’s western suburbs.
Top Gun (July 2008 issue) Australian action writer David Rollins tells me about his latest novel Hard Rain and his career change from advertising copywriter to bestselling author.
grrrl power (August 2008 issue) Alison Goodman’s The Two Pearls of Wisdom won the Aurealis award for Best Fantasy Novel in 2008 and has been nominated as a notable book in the 2009 CBCA awards. Congratulations Alison! Looking forward to that sequel… Goodman’s earlier works, crime thriller Killing the Rabbit and Singing the Dogstar Blues are also on my list of favourites.
My book reviews (ratings range from 1-5 with 5 being the highest) for gr included:
The Philosopher’s Apprentice/James Morrow (3.5 stars)
Love Without Hope/Rodney Hall (4.5 stars)
The Keep/Jennifer Egan (3.5 stars)
Recollections of Mr Manoly Lascaris/Vrasidas Karalis (5 stars)
This is a moving account of Karalis’s conversations with the man who lived in the shadow of a great author, Manoly Lascaris, the life partner of Patrick White.
Miscellaneous articles for GR include:
Indigenous Literacy Day (September 2008 issue) Article about this fundraising initiative which aims to address the huge gap between literacy levels amongst indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
The Da Vinci Codex (December 2008 January 2009 issue) Article about the Codex Leicester, one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s amazing notebooks now owned by Bill and Melinda Gates.
I also compiled the monthly Book Trivia pages. It was great fun sourcing these often quirky snippets about books and reading.
I was interviewed monthly on a Melbourne radio station about the magazine and was interviewed live on regional ABC radio at the time of the JK Rowling copyright trial.
Here’s a list of other places my work appears:
- Inside History magazine
- The Fine Print - Independently published ezine (Lost Libraries review)
- Books+Publishing magazine
- Australian Library Journal
- Numerous features and profiles for Cherrie magazine (links to be posted)
- Australian Screen Education A review of Sky Legs by Irini Savvides appeared in the January 2004 issue
- Generations magazine (magazine of the Family Business Australia organisation) – Three profiles - A Singular Passion (Lark Distillery in Tasmania), Vine Times (Dal Zotto Wines), Kids’ Storytime at Brown Brothers
- Radio interview with Vikram Seth about Two Lives (broadcast on SBS Radio)
- New Librarian (a publication for which I wrote numerous reviews and an article on family literacy programs in public libraries)
- I edited and produced this issue (cover design included) of the PEN Quarterly
- I wrote some restaurant reviews and a chapter on specialty shops/delis for this edition of Joanna Savill’s SBS Eating Guide to Sydney