THIS is how I feel today. Thank heavens for good news.
Some people like the way babies and young children grapple with language, working hard to make sense of the collision between the world of experience and the world of their limited vocabularies and grasp of grammar. I also love the unexpected beauty of things people say: overheard at bus stops, … Continue reading
I don’t watch much TV, but when I do, I watch some glorious trash, including Brothers & Sisters. The show has lost traction lately, but there are still some great flashes of dialogue. One this week to add to my collection of scenes in which TV characters talk grammar: Holly: … Continue reading
I have an abiding fascination for found writing. It features in my last published novel (an obsession I gave over to a character); something I thought I might write about, and then be done with. As it turns out, the addiction is appeased, but not eradicated. It’s true, at least, … Continue reading
This year, I entered my draft novel, Rupetta, in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. This is a novel I’ve been working on for a while. In fact, she grew from a short story I wrote while I was at Clarion South in 2005 (The short story was called ‘A Feather … Continue reading
Lots of people love and adore the new SLQ site, with its wide open architecture and friendly flow-through, open-air spaces full of light and air, but I have to admit that I am a luddite, a retrophile, and it has taken me a while to learn to appreciate its clean, … Continue reading
I’ve started doing some number crunching on gender in the Australian literary scene, starting with a breakdown of who’s reviewed, who’s reviewing, etc in some key Australian magazines and newspapers. I’ve spent many a Saturday morning griping about the gender bias I perceived in the literary pages, and saying I … Continue reading
Last night, we went to see John Birmingham do a gig at the Maleny Community Centre. Part of a series of ‘in conversations’ with writers, organised by the local author Steven Lang, supported by Arts Queensland, and run under the title ‘Outspoken’. Birmo is an engaging, funny and relaxed speaker: … Continue reading