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On Launching John Birmingham’s How to Be a Writer (Avid Reader, 9 June 2016)

Why, when things have changed so much in the publishing industries, listen to someone who started writing 30 years ago whose book is being launched by someone else who started writing 30 years ago? Because JB has lived, like any … Continue reading

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On the Efficacy of Mess

It only took five years, but I recently worked out that my personal Facebook page didn’t have a cover photo. What could I put up there, I wondered, that might represent me fairly? Then I remembered this pic, taken at … Continue reading

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Fixing a Novel in a Changing Time – and Getting the Body Hair Right

‘Why do headphones have to be so damned small?!?!’ That’s a line from a festival session blurb connected with my novel Analogue Men and the fear and grumpiness that comes with the feeling that technology is outpacing us. Why the … Continue reading

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Reading Blogblurt Part 4: Abby Geni’s The Last Animal

Source of book: recommendation from Fiona Stager at Avid Reader in Brisbane on 29 Dec 2013 (this time I paid RRP) Text below : new I pay close attention to Amazon, but I must admit I don’t think I’ve bought … Continue reading

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Reading Blogfrenzy Part 3: Philipp Meyer’s The Son

Source of book: surprise gift from my publisher in mid-2013, no strings attached Text below: second half of my Melbourne Writers Festival ‘Read Any Good Books Lately?’ piece The most recent novel I’ve read also makes it onto my list … Continue reading

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Is Your Platform Your Product – Social Media for Fun and Profit (part ii)

Much feedback after Monday’s social media blog post, hence a part (ii). See what this social media thing can do? You get to learn a few things, and refine a few ideas using something larger than your own brain – … Continue reading

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An old heart, an old poem, a new story and the actual tour behind it

When I was deep in the planning and writing of Welcome to Normal and had my radar set for anything story-worthy, my parents came back from a trip to Spain. They had been to there before, several times, but I … Continue reading

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