The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie: My choice for Banned Books Week

I love a banned book don’t you? Neil Gaiman’s back of book blurb snippet for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian says: “Excellent in every way, poignant and really funny and heart-warming and honest and wise and smart … I have no doubt that in a year or so it’ll be winning awards […]

Interview with Judy Nunn about her novel Maralinga: About acting, script writing and writing historical fiction

Featuring a gutsy female investigative journalist, Maralinga is a compelling story of romance, power and espionage set during the 1950s when the British government conducted an extensive series of nuclear tests in the desert of South Australia, an area inhabited and traditionally owned by Indigenous Australians. Very little was known about these events at the […]

Sappho…in 9 Fragments: Interview with Jane Montgomery Griffiths

Her life steeped in mystery, the majority of her work surviving only in fragments, the great Greek love poet Sappho of Lesbos has been misrepresented, mythologised and appropriated by many different groups. But what do we really know about her? What happened to her poetry and how is she relevant today? Paula Grunseit finds out […]

Words, Images, Voices: Literature for Children and Young Adults – Speaking of Justice

A group of Australian authors and social change agents gathered at Sydney’s Santa Sabina College last week to speak about their writing, social justice, eco justice and human rights issues at the second Words, Images, Voices literary event. The conference was convened by the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education, an organisation which […]

Lost Libraries: The destruction of great book collections since antiquity

This review was first published in an ezine, the Fine Print. Lost Libraries reviewed by Paula Grunseit

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