What I’m Reading September 2014

What I'm Reading September 2014

The first book I read was Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen. Franzen tends to be a rather polemic writer and as I was reading I felt a kind of... tension within myself, from piece to piece, that was interesting (if a little off-putting). I adored the title essay, an exploration of his grief following … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading August 2014


  Preparing for our Melbourne Writers Festival seminar, I'm reading Reservoir Dad by Clint Greagen. It is engaging, thoughtful and oh-ever-so cheeky, very much like his award-winning blog. Another MWF guest, Dave Eggers, has a new release Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do … [Read more...]

Year of Creative Engagement – July and August 2014


To explain: The Year of Creative Engagement (#yoce) is an attempt to document my creative journey in 2014. By putting greater stock in accountability and output, while also showing what new work I’m reading or listening to, I hope to have a richer, engaged experience. "What's this movie?" … [Read more...]

My Picks From The CBCA 2014 Shortlist


The kids' school had a book fair during the week and while I was there I had a flick through many of the shortlisted titles for this year's CBCA Book of the Year Awards. I only got to see a selection from the Picture Book, Early Childhood and Eve Pownall Awards and I wanted to write about my … [Read more...]

Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 – Session Picks

Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 Session Picks

The program for the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival is revealed to the public today. I was lucky enough to see it in advance and have been hanging out to share some of my picks for the sessions I particularly want to attend. It was hard to cull them down, but I did my best. They're below - and … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading – July 2014

What I'm Reading July 2014

  It's been a good month on the book front, I've got to say. I nabbed a brand new copy of Michael Faber's Under the Skin from the library. First published a decade ago, the novel has had a revival thanks to the movie adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson. I'd heard a lot of buzz about that, … [Read more...]