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My reading list highlights for 2017

Last year was a bumper year of reading for me, and just look at how many Australian books are in my highlights list (nine out of 14, including four debuts). The short grabs in this post should tempt you to investigate the books further. Many of the grabs are also linked to longer A Bigger

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What I read on my holiday … and what you might read on yours

A New England Affair by Steven Carroll Just before I left for the airport (back in late September), I closed the pages on this fabulous novel, which probes the long-term relationship that the poet TS Eliot had with Emily Hale. Hale was Tom Eliot’s friend, confidante and muse to his poetry—but their relationship foundered. Emily and Tom

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Six (more) of the best poems in 2017

Here’s a glimpse of some poetry I read and enjoyed in the last six months of 2017. Wine, trust, dark birds, cows and grief ‘curved’; words to dwell on (and in). See Part 1 here. July … ‘What Lies Broken’ by Rachael Mead Time into months, then minutes. / This sunset by winter clouds. /

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‘So much to think about’: Norwegian poetry of place and contemplation

I’m exploring the glistening fjords and cloud-kissed mountains of Norway this week. To immerse myself in this breathtaking place, I’ve gathered some Norwegian poetry to help me contemplate its landscape and cultural complexion. I hope you enjoy it too! 1. ‘Everyday’ (Drops in the East Wind, 1966) by Olav H. Hauge But it’s possible to

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Literature from the land of the leek and the lyre

I’m walking in Wales this week so I’ve put together a literary tasting plate from the land of the leek and the lyre. I hope these morsels give you the flavour of what’s been written by some of this windswept country’s more lyrical inhabitants. 1. ‘Evans’ by R. S. Thomas It was not the dark

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Read my prize-winning story free on TABLO

For the next few weeks you can read my prize-winning story ‘We’re All Travellers Here’ for FREE on TABLO. You’ll need to join TABLO to read and leave comments—but it’s pretty simple (I managed it so it must be). TABLO is an online publishing site. Spineless Wonders Short Australian Stories, who published my story (and runs

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Six of the best poems I’ve read in 2017 (so far)

Here’s a glimpse of some poetry I’ve enjoyed reading in the first six months of 2017. Love, loss, looking, betrayal, Trump, mould … a few lines of each to whet your appetite. I’ll post Part 2 with six more in December, so stay tuned. January … ‘Jealousy’ by Ross Gillett Tell me about that rogue

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Kim Kelly’ s decade-long story road entwines history, politics and love

It is 10 years since the publication of Black Diamonds, Australian author Kim Kelly’s first novel. To celebrate this milestone, Black Diamonds has been beautifully repackaged, and was relaunched on July 1, 2017, along with all her earlier novels—This Red Earth, The Blue Mile and Paper Daisies (pictured). In this guest post, Kelly describes her passion for historical fiction and why it’s so important to write

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Windham-Campbell award win affirms Eckerman’s strong poetic skills

Australian Indigenous poet Ali Cobby Eckerman has won a Windham-Campbell prize—a US literary prize worth US$165,000 (A$215,000). This is wonderful news. Eckerman is a marvelous poet and her most recent poetry collection Inside my Mother is a tender and moving work: largely a love song to the mother that she was separated from for 30 years

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My reading list highlights for 2016

I read a cartload of fabulous books this year and it was difficult to choose the highlights. But here they are! Read this list in conjunction with my blog post ‘EOFY (Part 2) – the rest of this year’s fiction that got away’ [hotlink] for an even more comprehensive list of great books I appreciated

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