Whose Afraid of the Big Bad (American) Wolf?

December 12, 2010
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It was about ten years ago that I attended a David Malouf book launch when he said that Australians are terrified of being swallowed whole by American culture and yet it is intrinsically in us to resist it. After all, there were American’s on the first fleet and we have been successfully resisting their attempts […]

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Review: Archelon Ranch – Garrett Cook

December 4, 2010
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Bernard may or may not exist. He’s the victim of a series of cruel experiments conducted on him by his father and a scientist who are trying to cure an ‘illness’ (in an age when all that exists is illness) that inflicts those called ‘Suburbanites’ that has rendered them all revolting, flesh-eating monsters.  (It’s hard to miss the inference […]

Book review – A Million Versions of Right by Matthew Revert

September 26, 2010
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Book review on A Million Versions of Right by Matthew Revert.

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Book review: Room – Emma Donoghue

September 19, 2010
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Review of Emma Donoghue's Room

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Late night thoughts of a slush pile hopeful…

September 6, 2010
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I completed another full day in my job (that I feel the need to be grateful for despite the fact that I don’t want to do it) last week. It’s a job I have been doing for almost fifteen years and I have the great pleasure of being good at it. However, being good at […]

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Notes from the Sydney Writers Festival – My Brilliant Debut Part Two

September 5, 2010
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JS – What was your experience of the editing process? PA – For me it was a brilliant experience. I really enjoyed it. Newer writers think editing is something to be resisted. With a good editor, they are in tune with what you are trying to do. Editors have to help the writer, they are […]

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Notes from The Sydney Writers Festival – My Brilliant Debut Part One

July 17, 2010
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More from the Sydney Writers Festival

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