Category Books

The late Helen Dunmore talks with me and Jim Crace on The Writing Life.

English novelist and poet Helen Dunmore has died aged 64. I only met her once for this conversation at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2004. With Birmingham writer Jim Crace  we spoke of their different routines and talismans and attitudes to the blank page in the solitary space of the writer’s room. And rereading […]

Vale John Clarke, 1948-2017

My friend John Clarke was a brilliant satirist, but many forget what a deeply analytical mind he had for one of his great loves – poetry. He published collections of parodies and in the following interview from 2008, he had just been appointed Patron of the Australian Poetry Centre. From parody to patronage: John Clarke […]

Vale American writer Paula Fox

The New York Times has just announced the death of American writer Paula Fox. “Paula Fox, a distinguished writer for children and adults whose work illuminated lives filled with loss, dislocation and abandonment, conditions she knew firsthand from a very early age, died on Wednesday in Brooklyn. She was 93 Ms. Fox wrote a half-dozen […]

Vale Professor Jill Roe, writer and historian

Emeritus Professor Jill Roe died recently (12/01.2017). One of the highlights of her work was to produce a substantial biography of Stella Miles Franklin, the author of My Brilliant Career, who herself  left a legacy that’s remembered every year in the Miles Franklin Award for Australian Writing and the more recently established Stella Prize for Women’s […]

Panel on writing creative non-fiction

I haven’t posted much lately as I am researching and writing my new book. However, sometimes I do emerge from my study to take part in events such as this one. It’s fun to talk with other writers about what we do and how and why. This panel was convened at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre, and […]

Interview: French Writer Marie Darrieussecq

Today I was reminded of this interview with Marie Darrieussecq about her novel Tom is Dead. She is a guest at the forthcoming Sydney Writers  Festival. So following the previous blog post on writing in dark territory, here is another in a similar vein – writing about the death of a child. Here’s a link […]

Lovely review of Bloodhound in Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Canberra Times

Bloodhound review: Ramona Koval goes in search of her father Melinda Harvey Published: May 22, 2015 – 11:40AM Bloodhound: Searching for my Father RAMONA KOVAL TEXT, $32.99 Bloodhound is an investigation into the interdependency of the personal life narratives we construct for ourselves, and the rights but also responsibilities these narratives entail. It begins with […]