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Riffing with Margaret Atwood and China Miéville

By Carina Tan-Van Baren Margaret Atwood is fiddling with China Miéville’s sleeve. It is already rolled above his elbow but Atwood is carefully adjusting it to sit a little better. “How nice,” says the friend beside me. “She’ll spit on … Continue reading

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Norway: A Writer’s Dream?

By Carina Tan-Van Baren Want to be a writer? Move to Norway. Acclaimed crime novelist Jo Nesbø says Norway “is the best country in the world to be a writer” and from what he and fellow Norwegian, author and playwright Johan … Continue reading

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Trends in Publishing – Part 3: We’ve Never Had It So Good

Relax. The mega-conglomerates are taking over publishing and that is a good thing. Emmett Stinson, author, poet, academic and president of SPUNC, Australia’s only advocacy group for small presses, says digital convergence in publishing is taking us to a brighter … Continue reading

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Trends in Publishing – Part 2: Trends v Heart

Vampires, vampires and… more vampires. That’s a trend. Surprised? Catherine McCredie, a senior editor in the Books for Children and Young Adults department at Penguin Books, says she has lost track of the number of vampire books on the publisher’s … Continue reading

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Trends in Publishing – Part 1: A Short, Sharp Future?

Here’s an interesting publishing trend – shorter books. Maybe. Editor David Winter says Text Publishing is doing a lot of short books at the moment. It’s not a deliberate strategy, he hastens to add. But his musing about the opportunities … Continue reading

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Fantastic Australian Voices – Part 1

In my mind, the combination of ‘Australian’ and ‘fantasy’ equals Mad Max. At least, it used to. Please don’t write in, I know Mad Max doesn’t technically fit within the fantasy genre. But it’s in the ball park. And recently, … Continue reading

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Ending the Suspense

Sometimes, the words simply refuse to come. Or they spit out reluctantly, occasionally spraying the screen in explosive gouts of rusty prose in protest at their forced exposure. At these miserable times, I look around at the rows of books on my shelves, the … Continue reading

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Science Is The New Art: Annie Proulx and Tim Flannery

Guest post by Keith McDonald This session about the intertwining of science and art fired up when both Proulx and Flannery related personal stories about how their engagements with the environment and its wildlife had inspired them. Several times, they … Continue reading

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Crime Fiction As Therapy

You spend your working hours dealing with violent psychopaths and their deeply traumatised victims. What do you do with your time off? Immerse yourself in all things happy and positive? Hide under the bed covers? Do anything you can to … Continue reading

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The Science of Truth

Guest post by Tamara Hunter It might seem odd to invite a scientist to talk about truth and fiction. After all, fiction is seen as the preserve of made up stories and science, you assume, is all about the search … Continue reading

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