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 Rebekah Turner

Author Rebekah Turner answered five quick questions with AWM about her book Chaos Bound and told us why you wouldn’t want to cross her main character Lora Blackgoat. Rebekah Turner lives in sunny Queensland and has worked in the past as a graphic designer. She is now a freelancer, when her kids are looking the other way. … Continue reading »

Taking Five with Benjamin Law

AWM took five with Ben Law to discuss his–very reasonably priced–new book Sh*t Asian Mother’s Say, and sweaty writing weekends in Brisbane with his sister Michelle Law. Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based journalist, columnist and screenwriter, and has completed a PhD in television writing and cultural studies. He is the author of two books—The Family Law (2010) … Continue reading »

Taking Five with Nick Earls

Our AWM intern takes five with Brisbane author Nick Earls to talk about newfangled gadgets, waxing, bleaching, and of course his new book Analogue Men. Analogue Men is Nick Earls’ nineteenth book, following novels and short fiction for adults and teenagers and the Word Hunters series for children. Five of his books have been adapted … Continue reading »

Taking Five with Maria Lewis

Maria Lewis speaks to AWM intern about how her love of fierce female protagonists sparked the idea for main character Tommi Grayson in her novel Who’s Afraid?. Our five quick questions with Maria Lewis will give you a short peek into her creative brain,  as well as a lingering desire to watch back-to-back episodes of Daria. Maria Lewis is an authority on film … Continue reading »

Taking Five with Samantha Wheeler

The AWM editorial intern (metaphorically) sat down with children’s author Samantha Wheeler to chat about her book Smooch & Rose, land conservation, and what to do when you are struggling through your first draft. Samantha Wheeler is a science/biology teacher who lives in Brisbane with her family and many animals. Her first children’s book, Smooch & Rose, (UQP 2013), … Continue reading »