Category Archives: the life of the writer

Characters who identify with their authors

A writer friend who’d offered to read my second draft of a short novel recently gave me the following marginal feedback: ‘I’m having a little trouble sifting fiction from reality. I assume that won’t be a problem for most of … Continue reading

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Writing from the margins

In his primer Astrologik (Vertical Pool, 1999), underground filmmaker and overall maverick Antero Alli argues against legitimising astrology. But not for the reasons you might expect. Astrology happens to be his profession. So it’s his peers who want to look … Continue reading

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Why it’s getting harder to be original

Language is a treacherous beast. Sometimes it’s not easy to say what you mean. One word can be a synonym for a whole string of others that serve to signify quite different things. Similar mutability in an individual could attract … Continue reading

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Seasoned Thinking – Sydney Writers’ Festival 2014

LYNNE SEGAL: THE MARCH OF TIME May 23, 11.30am–12.30pm (‘Social activist, feminist, author and academic Lynne Segal turns her formidable gaze towards the thorny issue of aging. She discusses her new book Out of Time, which has garnered widespread acclaim.’) … Continue reading

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Does reading make you a better person?

Anyone in the business of handling unpublished manuscripts – assessors, slush-pile cullers, judges, editors – would agree that reading will make you a better writer. Not just reading for pleasure or to kill time, though, but critically, analytically: keeping an … Continue reading

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Hairy Tales

Ever since I first read The Bloody Chamber (1979), Angela Carter’s influential collection of repurposed fairytales, I’ve been alert to the genre’s potential for subversion. Those old tales that had most deeply impressed a much younger me transmit grim messages … Continue reading

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To PhD or Not to PhD?

These days when asked to provide journal or anthology editors with a short bio, I don’t bother to mention my MA. And this isn’t because, like the growing ranks of my peers, I’m a PhD candidate or a Doctor; I’m … Continue reading

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