Big issues with a human face: An interview with the editors of The Big Issue

Anyone who wanders around an Australian capital city will be familiar with The Big Issue and its often charismatic and exuberant street vendors. The Big Issue is a social enterprise which aims to help marginalised and disadvantaged people by ‘providing creative solutions to the issues of homelessness’. The Big Issue offers a variety of opportunities … Continue reading »

Sometimes, the unknown slips out: An interview with Waylines editors David Rees-Thomas and Darryl Knickrehm

What are waylines? According to David Rees-Thomas and Darryl Knickrehm they are a phenomenon recently discovered by NASA. They elaborate on this with the rather cryptic quotation: ‘Waylines are the seams of the universe. They are its borders, where reality and fantasy collide, where the impossible comes true. And sometimes they split open. Sometimes, the … Continue reading »

‘The houses there wear verandahs out of shyness’: An interview with the editors of Verandah

The Verandah literary journal is a student-run publication coming out of Deakin University. It emerged in 1986 as a way for students to gain hands-on editing and publishing experience to supplement their academic qualifications. That was then. While the journal still provides vocational development to Deakin’s writing students, the journal has evolved into much more … Continue reading »

‘Characters circling the drain’: An interview with Crime Factory editor Cameron Ashley

Calling all crime writers, Melbourne based magazine, Crime Factory, will soon be opening its doors to fiction submissions, so if you’ve got a hardboiled story, a noir story, or some dark fiction with a crime edge that needs a home then check out the Crime Factory website for full submission details. That’s fiction; let’s talk … Continue reading »

The literary voice of Queensland: An interview with Stilts editor Katia Pase

Despite facing some recent difficulties, the Queensland writing scene remains vibrant and active. The establishment of an independent Queensland Literary Awards is just one example of the irrepressible life in our local writing community. Another is Stilts—a journal devoted to showcasing and developing Queensland’s unique array of literary voices. With two issues in the bag, … Continue reading »

Pulp fiction: An interview with Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

If you’re anything like me (e.g., massive nerd and proud of it) then you understand and appreciate comedy’s place in speculative fiction. Whether it’s Gulliver’s creative fire fighting, the glorious camp of a sweaty Shatner locked in a clumsy struggle with a Gorn, the existential angst of Marvin the Paranoid Android, the fact that Fry … Continue reading »

Writing that delights the senses: An interview with Hachette publisher Bernadette Foley

Hachette Australia is one of this country’s premier commercial publishers. They are home to such local luminaries as Lian Hearn, Kimberly Freeman, William McInnes, and Barry Humphries, to name just a few. Hachette also publish SF under the Orbit imprint and children’s books under the Lothian Children’s Book imprint. The UK and US divisions of … Continue reading »