TAKING FIVE WITH WOMBAT BOOKS

Wombat Books is a uniquely Australian independent publishing house that focuses on publishing quality children’s picture books. AWM intern TJ Wilkshire recently took five with publisher Rochelle Manners to discuss the running of a publishing business and the process of bringing a children’s book into print. You founded Wombat Books some time ago. How did … Continue reading »

TAKING FIVE WITH SARAH HOLLAND-BATT

Sarah Holland-Batt is an award-winning Australian poet. Rising to critical acclaim after winning the Thomas Shapcott prize for her first collection, Aria (UQP), Sarah has continued to make waves across the Australian and international poetry sphere, with work published in The New Yorker, Slate, Poetry, Agenda, Michigan Quarterly Review, and many more. Her second collection, The Hazards (UQP) has won her further attention … Continue reading »

TAKING FIVE WITH MELISSA ASHLEY

Melissa Ashley’s meticulous attention to detail is on show in her first novel, The Birdman’s Wife, which explores the life and relationships of artist Elizabeth Gould. AWM intern TJ Wilkshire spent some time with Melissa to discuss birds, art, poetry, and secret women’s history. Your debut novel tells the story of Elizabeth Gould, wife of … Continue reading »

TAKING FIVE WITH MICHELLE LAW

Michelle Law has become a fixture in the Australian freelancing scene for her outspoken nature and sharp wit. She has written for publications such as The Lifted Brow, Peril, Frankie, Seizure and Meanjin, among others. In addition to her freelance work she’s a bookseller, poet, filmmaker, playwright, and fish owner. AWM intern TJ Wilkshire took five with Michelle … Continue reading »

TAKING FIVE WITH EILEEN CHONG

With the release of Eileen Chong’s third book, Painting Red Orchids, AWM intern TJ Wilkshire took a moment with the Singaporean-Australian poet to discuss economy of language, poetic influences, and Eileen’s evolution as a writer.   How do you think social media has influenced the way poets write? Do you think it has taught poets … Continue reading »