In Conversation with Juliet Marillier
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In Conversation with Juliet Marillier

By: Nalini Haynes, Blogger in Residence Juliet Marillier, writer of historical fantasy, has won Australian and international awards for her novels. She is also very active in the writing community, mentoring aspiring writers, teaching workshops, serving on the Literary Board of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre and contributing to Writer Unboxed. Here she chats writing, representation, and … Continue reading

Literary Festivals: Q&A with Melinda Smith
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Literary Festivals: Q&A with Melinda Smith

This month, we caught up with local poet Melinda Smith to chat all things festivals, including her upcoming appearance at Voci Lontane Voci Sorelle festival (‘Far Voices, Sister Voices’) in Florence, Italy. Melinda Smith is a Canberra-based poet. She won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for her fourth book of poems, Drag down to unlock or place … Continue reading

Wendy Orr on <em>Dragonfly Song</em> and Disability
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Wendy Orr on Dragonfly Song and Disability

Award-winning children’s author Wendy Orr’s credits include Peeling the Onion and Nim’s Island. Our Blogger-in-Residence, Nalini Haynes, sat down with Wendy to talk about her latest novel, Dragonfly Song, featuring disability. What can you tell us about Dragonfly Song, which has just been released by Allen & Unwin? 12-year-old Aissa is the hereditary daughter of … Continue reading

Natural Humans with Cultural Twists: an Interview with Sophie Masson
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Natural Humans with Cultural Twists: an Interview with Sophie Masson

—Sophie Constable, Blogger in Residence With books spanning two millennia, authoring stories from 12th century France to modern day Russia, Sophie Masson speaks to us about the weight of history, the experience of the foreign, and the advantages of being an Australian writer. Two millennia—goodness, how startling to see it that way! Makes me feel like … Continue reading

C’mon get HAPPIER. The story of one publicist and her guide to publicise a book
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C’mon get HAPPIER. The story of one publicist and her guide to publicise a book

Evana Ho spoke to book publicist and author Emma Noble earlier this year about self-publishing. This article first appeared in the ACT Writers Centre’s member magazine, ACTWrite in April 2015. Rightly or wrongly, marketing has long been viewed as a dark art. Its practitioners: spinsters, greasy salespeople; and in a post-Mad Men age, advertisers are probably … Continue reading