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 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 Amanda Bridgeman

Author of the Aurora series, Amanda Bridgeman talks to AWM about kick-ass female sci-fi writers and how to best consume writing advice (with a generous dash of salt). Amanda Bridgeman was born and raised in the seaside/country town of Geraldton, Western Australia, she hails from fishing and farming stock. The youngest of four children, her three … Continue reading »

Taking Five with Laurie Steed

Writer Laurie Steed answers five quick questions for AWM about the key elements of a short story and his tips on pitching to publications (research, research, research). Keep an eye out for Laurie’s forthcoming novel You Belong Here. Laurie Steed is the author of the forthcoming novel You Belong Here, and winner of the 2013 Patricia Hackett Prize for … 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 »

Last Week Patrick O’Duffy, This Week Fiona Palmer!

Last Wednesday night we were graced with the online presence of Mr Patrick O’Duffy. In between working on his own writing he kept the whole Writing Race community busily chatting on the boards, and as every writer reached the 200-word mark they were awarded with fluffy bunny photos (no cash prizes, sorry folks). After reading … Continue reading »

Special Guest Tomorrow Night: Patrick O’Duffy

Last Wednesday night was quiet and rainy. A small group of writers gathered for the Weekly Writing Race – our ranks were thinned by a cold rainy night and a few bouts of the flu. I hope everyone will be healthy this week and ready to come and race with us because we have a … Continue reading »