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 (OR SIX) WITH KARI GISLASON

AWM recently spoke to Kari Gislason, writer and academic, about writing habits, travel writing, and his two books. Kari’s memoir, The Promise of Iceland, is a powerful tale of family origins and place, which highlights Kari’s ability to capture the stark beauty of Icelandic landscapes on the page. His second book, The Ash Burner, is … Continue reading »

TAKING FIVE WITH SIMON WINCHESTER

AWM was lucky enough to speak to author Simon Winchester this month about his recent book Pacific. In this interview, Simon generously answered questions about content, research, and structure in non-fiction writing. He offered advice about creating compelling historical reads by seeking out human stories. Simon told AWM how he learned of horrific tales about … Continue reading »

TAKING FIVE WITH MICHAEL KATAKIS

AWM recently spoke to writer Michael Katakis whose most recent book, A Thousand Shards of Glass, has just been published in the US. In this interview, Michael describes the pleasures of travel observations and the benefits of writing them down. Michael is a writer and photographer and also manages Ernest Hemingway’s literary estate. His writing is … 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 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 »