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November 2019

UWAP Writers – Roanna Gonsalves

November 20th, 2019|

In my second post about the UWAP writers I am proud to share this publishing house with, I'm writing about The Permanent Resident and its author, the award winning Roanna Gonsalves. The short stories that [...]

UWAP Writers – Amanda Curtin

November 17th, 2019|

Recently, the West Australian writing community was stunned by the shock announcement that the 85 year old publishing house was told to systematically shut down its operations and move to an open access, digital [...]

August 2019

Loving Hardy

August 11th, 2019|

English novelist Thomas Hardy was an unlikely role model for a book-obsessed young girl growing up in India, but I credit Hardy, and the Romantic poets, with my initiation into writing. Something about [...]

March 2019

The semantics of slaughter

March 22nd, 2019|

We know that language matters. As people of colour, especially, we know language matters. Pauline Hanson’s debut speech in Parliament in 1996 sent a shiver up my spine. Words like swamp, ghetto and [...]

February 2019

Gardens of Earthly Delights

February 24th, 2019|

On an exceptionally kind February afternoon in Perth yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to Annamaria Weldon and Moreno Giovannoni about goddesses and fireflies. The late great Mary Oliver wrote this: 'creative [...]

December 2018

The Book Pile – 2018

December 27th, 2018|

Globally and personally 2018 was a difficult year, so I built a wall of books and retreated. Here are some of the books I read, and some that I abandoned. This year I managed [...]

November 2018

Hot Chocolate

November 11th, 2018|

Day One - A red and white tape stretches along the curvaceous corridor, like a scene of crime. I cannot think of crimes – I must focus – I am here to save my [...]

September 2018

Peddling my wares

September 3rd, 2018|

These days I write the word ‘writer’ on forms that ask me what I do. I know I’ve earned it. I am that person – a published novelist. Publication has changed the way I [...]

August 2018

Strands of Jupiter

August 5th, 2018|

Our resident astrologer was a strict vegetarian Hindu who wore his caste marks on his forehead. With stained fingers he spread out charts and filled the room with the smell of ink and [...]