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November 2017

Bearing Witness

November 22nd, 2017|

Google describes bearing witness as a term that refers to sharing our experiences with others, most notably in the communication to others of traumatic experiences. This term has been on my mind most of [...]

Books I loved in 2017

November 14th, 2017|

   I started the year as I always do, with a selection of books by Australian writers, this time because I was fortunate enough to be on a writing panel with Carmel Bird, Josephine [...]

September 2017

Taboo by Kim Scott

September 28th, 2017|

Taboo starts with an out-of-control semi trailer freewheeling down a street, a hillside, spilling wheat, two humans and a skeleton as it crests to a stop in ‘massacre place.’ It is a powerful beginning [...]

Mothering under different skies

September 13th, 2017|

I was a paranoid mum when my daughter was growing up. Raising her in a city/country/continent far removed from where I was raised made me paranoid. My daughter always knew which two people in [...]

July 2017

The Persian Book Club

July 22nd, 2017|

One of the unexpected joys of publishing a book is that I am sometimes invited by book clubs to speak about my novel. This can be slightly nerve racking because book clubs have savvy [...]

May 2017

Literary Friendships #2

May 3rd, 2017|

My second pair of guests are Sue Braghieri and Hannah van Didden. I first met them at a writing workshop a few years ago and we have been friends since. Their responses remind me [...]

April 2017

Literary Friendships #1

April 8th, 2017|

A little while ago I started thinking of literary friendships between women, and I turned naturally enough, to Professor Google. Despite trying the words in different combinations, the Professor thought I was enquiring about [...]

February 2017

Brown girls who shout

February 17th, 2017|

Whereas we write and speak as members of a small minority of marginal voices, our journalistic and academic critics belong to a wealthy system of interlocking informational and academic resources with newspapers, television networks, [...]

December 2016