Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dear Tom Cho

I was delighted to be invited to contribute to the Dear Author series on Stilts.
The Dear Author series reviews reading events through the lens of a letter to the artist -and it's been one of the most enjoyable reviewing experiences I've had.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Psst! Want to hear a good story?

Over the past 12 months you may have noticed a flurry of new literary events launching across Brisbane – salon events have found a new vogue across the nation as the event du jour for emerging and established writers.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The money question - the value of Art (part two)

For all LNP's gas about inheriting secret debt and saving money, $240K is peanuts (Particularly when $2.5 mil is pledged to renovating Government house, but that's another post). I totally believe this government is genuine in their goal of reaching budget surplus, but these blind cost-cuttings seem ill-advised, ill-structured, and ill-considered.

Monday, October 1, 2012

The value of Art

As the first arts-related movement of a conservative government (with a hazy track record regarding the arts), it was a bold move. Many community leaders voiced concerns that this heralded the return of the 'Joh' days. I think this is a bit of a stretch. This action wasn't a move to punish the arts or artists, but an ill-advised cost-cutting move. What it does suggest is that yet again the arts community will be forced to prove its worth, and particularly, its monetary value.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Queensland Literary Awards

Last night I attended the Queensland Literary Awards, and it was lovely. It was everything an awards night should be - celebratory, congratulatory, short and sweet.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Whispers: a reading salon

Did you know the number one fear for most people is public speaking? More-so than disease, dismemberment, death (which comes in a close second), sharks (ok, that's mine). It's true - for most of the population speaking in front of a crowd is more heart-racing, sweat-inducing, hand-shakingly sickening than anything else.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sourdough and Other Stories (Tartarus Press 2011)

I have a thing for fairytales. From the day I was given the complete works of Hans Christian Andersen at age six, they have always held a particularly special place in my library.
Distant lands, talking animals, terrible families, brave and clever children, evil monsters and ugly witches: what’s not to love?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Every second, a lifetime

Wow, time really is relative.
What started out as a small break, turned into over a year. I hadn't realised how much time had passed until I started uploading drafts and saw the time stamp. Crazy!