Sarah Ayoub on <em>The Year Book Committee</em>, Writing and Diversity
Interview / Writing

Sarah Ayoub on The Year Book Committee, Writing and Diversity

Stella Schools Ambassador, Sarah Ayoub, chats with Blogger in Residence, Nalini Haynes, about writing, diversity and representation. Can you tell us a little bit about your novel The Yearbook Committee? In an inner-western Sydney private school, five students work on the school’s yearbook; most come from wealthy families except one scholarship student. It kicks off … Continue reading

In Conversation with Juliet Marillier
Interview

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

Embodying Character: Physical Symbolism or Lazy Stereotypes?
Writing

Embodying Character: Physical Symbolism or Lazy Stereotypes?

Rosalind Moran, Blogger in Residence Both as readers of fiction and in the real world, we have been conditioned to judge by appearance. Clean and collared in a boring suit? Public servant. Wearing a puffer jacket? Taswegian. Greying prematurely and drinking caffeine with abandon? Author. Sometimes we construe people’s identities based on what seem like … Continue reading

Zana Fraillon on <em>The Bone Sparrow</em>, Refugees and Representation
Interview / Writing

Zana Fraillon on The Bone Sparrow, Refugees and Representation

Our Blogger in Residence, Nalini Haynes, sat down with Zana Fraillon to discuss her hauntingly beautiful, timely, heart-wrenching novel, The Bone Sparrow, about a refugee in an Australian detention centre.  What can you tell us about The Bone Sparrow? A young boy, Subhi, was born in an Australian detention centre. He imagines the sea comes up to … Continue reading