Slush Pile by Ian Shadwell Review and Q & A

This review/Q & A first published online by Books+Publishing in March 2014 Michael Ardenne is a desperate man. A former Booker Prize-winner, he took the literary world by storm with his debut novel Ephesus, which in his words was ‘a deeply moving meditation on the power of love, the fragility of the soul and the […]

Toyo: A memoir by Lily Chan – Interview #BBWF2013

Lily Chan was born in Kyoto, raised in Narrogin and now lives in Melbourne. Set in Japan and Western Australia, her debut work is a moving and lyrical reimagining of her grandmother’s life. Toyo: A memoir won the 2013 Dobbie Literary Award for a first published author. I interviewed the author at the 2013 Byron […]

Peter FitzSimons – Interview about Ned Kelly: The story of Australia’s most notorious legend

This interview was first published in Inside History magazine. I had received an advance proof of the book and the author was keen to know what I thought about it (he asked me for a rating out of 10; I was not expecting that but gave it an 8) and about Ned. It was a […]

Anita Heiss Interview Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 2013 #BBWF2013

Dr Anita Heiss is an acclaimed author and social commentator who recently joined Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning and UTS as an Adjunct Professor. She is an Indigenous Literacy Foundation Ambassador and a Books in Homes Ambassador. Anita is a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and her mother was […]

Jesse Blackadder Interview Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 2013 #BBWF2013

Jesse Blackadder is the author of award-winning historical novels The Raven’s Heart (about the real Blackadder family and set during the reign of Mary Queen of Scots) and Chasing the Light (the story of Norwegian-born Ingrid Christensen, the first woman to reach Antarctica). Blackadder is now writing a series of children’s novels and I caught […]

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