New fiction book highlights the importance and universal nature of family and culture

Phillip Anderson, Book Publicist, Phillip Anderson Publicity
30.08.16 1:42 pm

Ella’s Secret Family Recipes RRP$25.00

Synopsis: A recipe book is an odd thing to give to someone who doesn’t cook, so when blogger and aspiring novelist, Kat Bower, is bequeathed a book of secret family recipes by her recently deceased mother, she is puzzled. It turns out that the book brings her more than she could have imagined. Along with the recipes, Kat discovers and learns about the lives of the remarkable women who contributed to it – stories that transcend centuries, cultures and countries.

Written by Kay Bell (The Lornesleigh Legacy), Ella’s Secret Family Recipes is a delicious read that highlights the importance and universal nature of family and culture.

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Town Hall, 6pm, September 6: Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens by Robert Forster

Adam Ousten, Fullers Bookshop. Firt published August 24
30.08.16 4:28 am


Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens by Robert Forster Book Launch and In-Conversation with Tim Cox at Hobart Town Hall, 6pm Tuesday September 6

Robert Forster met Grant McLennan at the University of Queensland in the mid-1970s; two undergrads with a shared passion for music, film, poetry and pop-culture. Soon they formed The Go-Betweens whose bohemian pop music full of literary allusions and local references stood out amidst the exploding local punk rock scene.

‘The truest and strangest poet of our generation’ Nick Cave

Over the next decade, and with the addition of other members, they recorded nine studio albums and toured the world, playing alongside bands such as The Birthday Party, Orange Juice, The Triffids, The Smiths and REM. By the time these two ambitious but rock-star-wrecked handsome men sacked their own band in 1989, their unique contribution to the Australian music scene had sparked comparisons with Lennon/McCartney and delivered songs that have gone on to become part of our cultural musical lexicon: ‘Cattle and Cane’, ‘Spring Rain’, and ‘Streets of Your Town’.

Thirty years after they first met, and ten years after Grant’s tragic passing, Robert Forster has written a deeply personal reflection on his life-long friendship and collaboration with Grant McLennan; covering the background stories to some of their most well-known songs; adventures in London, Glasgow, Europe, the US – and Brisbane; and dealing for the first time with the devastating personal consequences of their band’s break-up.

Tickets on sale at Fullers Bookshop:

1 x ticket: $20
1 x ticket + 1 x book: $49.95
(Grant & I RRP: $35)

Robert will be in conversation with Tim Cox and playing songs at Hobart Town Hall, Tuesday September 6, 6pm. Tickets from Fullers Bookshop

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Miles Franklin Award won by debut novel about a big Australian challenge

Stephen A. Russell The New Daily
28.08.16 10:17 am

Pic: AS Patric byTransit Lounge

Brutal and yet beautiful. Readings’ St Kilda bookseller A.S Patric’s haunting debut novel Black Rock White City scooped Australia’s premier literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award, at Friday’s opening of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

A haunting evocation of the lives left behind by new arrivals to Australia when civil war shatters their home country, Black Rock White City is a strange and unusual novel that grapples with the major moral dilemma of our time: the refugee crisis. It mesmerises with its emotional complexity and then leaves you bereft once the final page is turned.

Set in Melbourne’s Bayside suburbs, Jovan and Suzana’s marriage is collapsing, haunted by their sacrifices as Serbian refugees, including the loss of their young children in a war-torn tragedy that hangs heavy over all.

While their lives are a mess, she cleans house and he cleans the local hospital.

But strange things are afoot as the mysterious Dr Graffito leaves a macabre message scrawled on the hospital walls that Jovan, once a poet, must scour from existence.

Black Rock White City is much harder to remove from your mind. Rich with complicated characters, it’s a tale of heartfelt family drama, of class, of multiculturalism and also a dark and twisted thriller of sorts.

Patric’s poetic manipulation of language sings, deftly switching from a melancholic beauty found in all the small things, to horror and back again in a heartbeat. Christos Tsiolkas, author of Barracuda and The Slap, dubs it, “bold, mature and compassionate,” on the cover, and it’s well deserved praise …

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Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize: Winner Announced ...

Stephanie Eslake Marketing and Communications Tasmanian Writers Centre
27.08.16 2:00 pm


The Tasmanian Writers Centre, Wildcare Inc and Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service are delighted to announce the winner of the Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize 2016.

Harriet Riley from New York receives first place with her essay Endlings: On Love and Extinction.

The writer and climate specialist will be awarded $5000 and will have her story published in Island. She journeys to the Southern Hemisphere this month to take part in award readings at the Freycinet Centenary Festival (AUGUST 26-28), and will then undertake a two-week residency at Mount Field National Park.

The judges for this award are environmental poet and academic Pete Hay, and former Island poetry editor and poet Sarah Day. Sarah will read from her work along with the winner and two of the runners-up and Peter Grant at a special reading session at the festival. 

“This has been an exceptional and enjoyable award to judge because of the extraordinarily high standard of its entries,” Sarah Day said.

“It has been a privilege to be in the good company of those who relate to their defined parts of the world with such eloquence and affection, knowledge and regard.”

Runners-up in the Nature Writing Prize include Sue Castrique from New South Wales, Tasmanian writer Nicole Gill, and Queensland writer Raoul Slater. With an exceptional standard of storytelling, the judges chose to cite a longlist, in which fellow Tasmanian writer Michael Blake is also featured. Read the full list below.

The Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize aims to use the written word to send an important message about the value of our natural environment, and has been offered biannually since 2002 by Tasmania’s largest environmental volunteer organisation Wildcare Inc.

The Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize winners are:

Endlings: On Love and Extinction by Harriet Riley (NY, USA)

1. On the Edge of Gumbramorra Swamp by Sue Castrique (NSW)
2. Selling the Farm by Nicole Gill (Tas)
3. Measuring Love on the Bathroom Scales by Raoul Slater (Qld)

•    Geography of the Self by Catherine Mauk (ACT)
•    A Failure of Gods by Daniel Fallon (Qld)
•    Firecracker on Fins by Eibhlín Scanlon (WA)
•    The Hill by Michael Blake (Tas)
•    The Man and the Mountain by Alison Thompson (NSW)
•    The Mushroom Orchard by Raoul Slater (Qld)
•    Citizen Science in the Earth-breathing Zones by Tracy Fantin (Qld)

Harriet Riley is active in sharing her voice as a climate specialist and has an impressive background in international relations and climate change. She has worked with not-for-profits including the United Nations and Oxfam, was a consultant for an Emmy award-winning series about climate change (Years of Living Dangerously), and has appeared as a guest speaker at Kofi Annan’s Global Humanitarian Forum and the Australian National Science Festival.

Harriet’s writing history is equally remarkable, and with a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University she has been published in The Australian, The Guardian, and The Diplomat. Harriet is currently working on a TV crime drama, which is under production across the United States and Scandinavia.

The Tasmanian Writers Centre gives its heartfelt thanks to the following for their involvement in the prize:

•    Wildcare Tasmania and its co-chair Andrew Smith
•    Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service
•    Peter Grant and Sam Cuff
•    The Freycinet Experience Walk, Joan Masterman
•    In Graphic Detail designer Julie Hawkins
•    Island magazine
•    Final Judges Sarah Day and Pete Hay
•    All writers who participated in the prize

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Beautiful Failures review: Lucy Clark’s look at problems in our education system

Fairfax, Review by Anne Susskind
25.08.16 2:00 pm


… Clark’s heartfelt plea – “Abolish private schools, get rid of selective schools, stop streaming and segregating gifted and talented kids. Tolerance, compassion, equality, ethical thinking are the things to shoot for, also inclusivity, mostly inclusivity” …

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Moonah Arts Centre: Hidden Stories

Ruth Dawkins, Tasmanian Writers' Centre. First published August 11
23.08.16 12:53 pm


To coincide with Indigenous Literacy Day 2016, which takes place on 7th September, The Tasmanian Writers Centre is working with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and the Tasmanian branch of Children’s Book Council of Australia to run two days of events at Moonah Arts Centre titled Hidden Stories.

An evening event will take place on Wednesday 7th September from 6pm – 8.30pm with the theme of “Broadening the conversation”. This will be followed by a full afternoon of events on Sunday 11th September from 1pm – 5pm focusing on the theme “Celebrating the stories”.

Some of the most respected Aboriginal writers and speakers from Tasmania and beyond have agreed to participate in an exciting program that will include storytelling, dance, song, discussion and film.

Highlights on Wednesday 7th September include:

• Madalena Andersen-Ward to sing people in

• Set-the-scene stories from Auntie Vicki Green, an elder from Flinders Island

• A keynote speech from academic and writer Greg Lehman: Telling True Stories on Country

• A screening of Jim Everett’s Blood of Life film ( producer Troy Melville)

• Dr Margaret Bromley and Professor Maggie Walter in conversation

Highlights on Sunday 11th September include:

• Craig Everett and his dance troupe performing a welcome dance

• NSW Premier’s Literary Award winner Bruce Pascoe in conversation with Greg Lehman about his award winning book Dark Emu

• Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder Patsy Cameron on the magic of children’s stories

• Bruce Pascoe and animator Tony Thorne in conversation

• Jim Everett discussing Knowledge Maintenance

• An emerging writers panel discussion

Tickets for each event will be $10. All profits will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

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FLANAGAN at the Melbourne Writers Festival

Jason Steger, Fairfax. First published August 2
22.08.16 11:00 am

*Pic: by Matt Newton,

P.J. Harvey tops the bill for this year’s bumper Melbourne Writers Festival

One of English musician P.J. Harvey’s best-known albums is Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea. But when she appears at next month’s Melbourne Writers Festival, the stories she tells will be in the form of poetry she wrote to accompany the photographs of Irish photojournalist Seamus Murphy, with whom she collaborated on The Hollow of the Hand, about their travels to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington DC.

Harvey’s appearance is something of a coup for festival director Lisa Dempster, who unveiled this year’s literary beanfeast, her fourth, on Wednesday. It is Harvey’s only appearance in Australia. “The whole presentation of the poetry and the photos and a discussion afterwards will be one of the nights of the year,” Dempster said.

Other guests include British travel writer and novelist Geoff Dyer, Man Booker winners (Tasmanian) Richard Flanagan and Yann Martel, Irish novelist Eimear McBride, American novelists Angela Flournoy, Justin Cronin and Lev Grossman, American science writer Steve Silberman, British comedian, novelist and memoirist Alexei Sayle, human rights lawyer Philippe Sands, Inuit activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Australian writers Helen Garner, Anna Funder, Elizabeth Harrower and Charlotte Wood, and Indonesian public intellectual Goenawan Mohamad.

There will be readings, panels, conversations, lectures – including the first public one by Flanagan in his capacity as the inaugural Boisbouvier Professor of Australian literature at the University of Melbourne – and book launches.

The theme of this year’s festival, which has more than 350 events, is identity, a topic that Dempster says is important to everyone. “Particularly with everything that’s going on with our political environment. Australia is really questioning who we are as a nation and who we want to be. And one of the things that leads into that is who we are as people, in our communities, in our families and in our country. So it seemed like the perfect time time to delve into that.”

The festival begins on August 26 with the presentation of Australia’s most significant literary prize, the Miles Franklin ...

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Black Inc. November ...

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17.08.16 11:29 am


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Fullers Bookshop, 7pm, Wed, August 17: How Far Can You Go? by John Maclean

Adam Ousten, Fullers Bookshop
12.08.16 4:16 pm


How Far Can You Go? by John Maclean Book Launch at Fullers Bookshop, 7pm Wednesday August 17.

Walking on the beach and holding hands is a simple dream taken for granted by most. But when elite athlete John Maclean was struck down by a truck while training for a triathlon at the age of 22, this dream became impossible. John survived, but was left paraplegic – catastrophic for a life so full of promise. He insisted that he’d walk again, but it became clear John would need to shift his focus, and take his beloved father’s words to heart: ‘How far can you go?’

‘If you look up mental toughness in the dictionary you’ll find a picture of John Maclean’ - Steve Waugh AO

With fierce tenacity, determination, and the love of family and friends, John became one of the most accomplished wheelchair athletes in the world, and the first paraplegic to swim the English Channel. He also competed in the Sydney Olympics wheelchair demonstration race and in two Paralympic Games in two different disciplines, winning a silver medal for rowing in Beijing. But John still longed to walk, hand in hand, on the beach with his wife and their young son.

It wasn’t until he discovered a radical therapy that John was able to reach his full potential by retraining his mind and body to unlock new neural responses . . . and stand, walk, and fulfill his dream. How Far Can You Go? is John Maclean’s amazing story, and his quest to walk again after 25 years in a wheelchair.

John will be speaking about his journey to recovery at Fullers Bookshop, 7pm Wednesday August 17

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Fullers Bookshop, 5.30pm Thursday August 11: The Last Wild Trout

Fullers Bookshop
08.08.16 6:09 pm


The Last Wild Trout by Greg French book launch at Fullers Bookshop, 5.30pm Thursday August 11
In The Last Wild Trout, Tasmanian fishing expert, Greg French, explores the last truly great and most coveted trout fisheries left on the planet. Roaming the final frontiers of trout fishing, Greg visits twenty locations including Tasmania, New Zealand, Iceland, the British Isles, Mongolia, Slovenia, British Columbia, Wyoming, California, Nevada and Hokkaido.

Each chapter deals with a unique species or subspecies of wild trout, and tells a compelling human narrative set against a backdrop of conservation. Photo sections and taxonomy notes complete the picture in this fascinating book. Reflecting on the complexity of humanity’s interactions with pristine natural environments and threatened fisheries,

The Last Wild Trout is a reminder from one of the world’s best fishing writers of the beauty and importance of nature in all of our lives. 

Greg French Bio:

Greg French is one of Australia’s best-known fishing identities. He writes regularly for prestigious journals such as FlyLife, and his comprehensive guidebook Trout Waters of Tasmania is considered indispensable. Greg has also written three works of literary prose – Frog Call, Artificial and Menagerie of False Truths – and worked with Nick Reygaert on the fly-fishing documentaries Hatch, Predator and Leviathan. His last book — The Imperiled Cutthroat — was published by Patagonia Books in 2016. 

Greg will be speaking about his new book at Fullers Bookshop. 5.30pm Thursday August 11

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INVITATION, 5pm August 20, Hadleys: Help Forty South celebrate 20 years ...

Lucinda Sharp Director, FORTY SOUTH PUBLISHING Pty Ltd
05.08.16 12:33 pm


... with a panel discussion moderated by Chris Wisbey and featuring Chris Champion, Editor, and some of our regular writers.

There will also be refreshments and the launch of the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2016. 

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We hope to see you at Hadleys on the 20th of August.

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Date Saturday, August 20, 2016, 5.00pm (Panel presentation)   

6.00pm (book launch) Hadleys Orient Hotel, 34 Murray St, hobart


5.00-5.45 Panel discussion.  Writing for Tasmania 40°South moderated by Chris Wisbey, host of Weekends on ABC radio, Tasmania

Panel members are Chris Champion (editor) and writers Niholas Brodie, Carol Freeman, Clarissa Horwood and Mike Kerr.

5.45-6.00 break for refreshments 6.00-6.45


Forty South Short Story anthology 2016 to be launched by Chris Gallagher, Director of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre.

With readings from finalists, Andrea McMahon and Helen Wyatt. Other finalists Karenlee Thompson (Qld), Keren Keenan and Roger Vickery (Vic) will be attending.

Ben Smith Noble, winner of the 2015 young Tasmanian Writers’ Prize junior section, will read from his winning story.

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Hobart Bookshop, Thursday August 18, 5.30pm: Pete Hay’s Physick ...

Hobart Bookshop
03.08.16 4:38 pm


Please join us as Dr James Boyce—multi-award-winning author whose books include Born Bad (2014), 1835 (2011) and Van Diemen’s Land (2008)—launches Physick: Catharsis and ‘The Natural Things’, the latest work by Pete Hay.

Pete Hay is a poet, essayist, environmentalist, and academic, having taught geography, politics and philosophy at the University of Tasmania. His previous publications include Main Currents in Western Environmental Thought (social theory), Vandiemonian Essays (personal essays), and Silently On The Tide (poems), along with innumerable essays, book chapters, articles and reviews.

Physick is a poetry collection representing ‘10 years of thought and scribble’ and will be available for signing at the launch.

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Thursday August 18, from 5.30pm

Free event, all welcome. 

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The Hobart Bookshop

22 Salamanca Square
Hobart, Tas 7000

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Outside your comfort zone, with Anne Kellas

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
03.08.16 4:28 pm


A prelude to the Tasmanian Poetry Festival (30 Sept-2 Oct)

Saturday 24 September 2:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Location: Launceston ( venue TBC)
Fees:  $85 (Tasmanian Writers Centre members $55)


A poet must constantly look for new ways to explore and engage with poetry, in order to develop and grow. This masterclass is designed to encourage the more experienced poet to step outside their comfort zone and go into the unknown, uncomfortable edge of their creativity. To go on this journey, you will need to bring along a poem in progress (and, if possible, an early draft ). This half day masterclass will include some opportunities for feedback.

Anne Kellas is a writer, editor, and mentor to poets. Anne’s passion is teaching poetry, which she has done in Hobart for the past 25 years. In 2014 and 2015 she lectured in poetry at the University of Tasmania. Her most recent collection is The White Room Poems (Walleah Press, 2015).

Reviewed by Geoff Page
in The Australian:
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Black Inc. Nero: August new releases

Black Inc, Nero
02.08.16 4:43 pm


Here are the August new releases from Black Inc. and Nero.

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A snowy August in our writing community

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
02.08.16 4:34 pm


Wild gusts of wind, glorious snow and bracing temperatures have us all feeling deeply connected to our environment this month. Our August program fittingly celebrates the natural world, so come join us in the festivities.

In Hobart’s Hadleys Orient Hotel, the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2016 will be held on Saturday 20 April. A discussion panel and the announcement of the 2016 winning Young Writers Prize will be hosted by Chris Wisbey of ABC Radio.

At Freycinet, the winner of the Tasmanian Wildcare Nature Writing Prize will be announced. It’s scheduled for Saturday afternoon on August 27, alongside the National Park centenary celebrations. All our winners and runners-up will be there, some hailing from as far as New York, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania. Why not join us for an afternoon of readings in the beautiful setting of Coles Bay?

In Launceston, six young writers will take their positions around the city to draw inspiration from their urban and natural environments. The next Young Writers in the City program will have a finale at the Junction Festival in September.

More information on these and other events will follow - and stay tuned for the announcement of the Erica Bell Mentorship Program on September 1, and for the exciting new Hidden Stories Program for Indigenous Literacy Day from September 7-11 at the Moonah Arts Centre.

Stay warm - there’s always room for you to escape the weather and cuddle up with a book in our library.

From the TWC team x

Indigenous Literacy Day: Hidden Stories

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Something ‘Fishy’ about Nick’s fabulous footy cards

Paula Xiberras
28.07.16 6:26 am


• TT has giveaway copies of ‘Nick’s fabulous footy cards’. As usual, First in, Best dressed!

Last week I spoke to author Greg Fish about his book ‘Nick’s fabulous footy cards’.  Greg tells me he loves Tasmania especially Cradle Mountain and beautiful Strahan saying Tasmania is very ‘picturesque’ but unfortunately he doesn’t get here that often.

‘Nick’s fabulous footy card’s’ has been five years in the writing and was initially prompted by a visit to the beach and his musing on writing something in the vein of Roald Dahl. Later when he was between jobs, Greg set down to the task of writing.

Nick was able to ‘pinch’, in the nicest possible way, his protagonist from his sister because the character of Nick in the book is named for his own nephew. Greg also thanks his nephew for naming the footy team in the book the ‘Whoppas’.  Greg thinks this ‘genius’ idea for the name of the football team is because of Nick’s liking of McDonalds!

The book centres on the story of Nick, an up and coming player who is set back in his football career by an accident. After recovery Nick finds frustratingly that he no longer possesses the skills he once had and he is struggling on the football field. Greg hopes to encourage young people in football and any other areas of work or sport that you can overcome setbacks like injury which may mean adapting to the new circumstances.

Nick visits his shop owner uncle, who attempts to help Nick with the aid of a little bit of magic. He gives Nick a strange set of footy cards and album and tells him to put the cards in the album and leave it open in his bedroom when he goes to sleep.

What happens next is a mixture of Lilliputian proportions.  The ‘magic’ works and Nick goes on to get some coaching tips from some professional footballers on how to adapt his play and once again be successful. There is of course the mandatory character, in this case, the aptly named footballer ‘Doolittle’, that is there to feed Nick’s insecurities and encourage his lack of confidence.

Greg does say that the metaphorical larger than life characters in the novel, ironically opposed to their ‘small’ physiques were inspired by the ‘superhero’ players such as Buddy Franklin, Dermot Brereton and Johnny ‘the rat’ Platten of the Hawthorn football team who lent themselves to cartoon/super heroics.

Some of the hints the players give Nick to improve his game are to use his body imaginatively to manoeuvre the ball and there are lessons on the very important but basic aspect of ‘reading the game’.

The ultimate message of the book is that we must hold on to our dreams and despite setbacks they may still be realised with confidence, persistence and if necessary adapting and taking an alternative approach.

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Kakadu, Crocodiles, Copters, Kane and Able in Ellie’s Environmental Expose!

Paula Xiberras
21.07.16 7:53 am


A while ago I spoke to Annie Seaton, author of a new brand of rural fiction. Her latest novel ‘Kakadu Sunset’ features heroine Ellie Porter, a helicopter pilot who discovers something not quite right is going on in beautiful Kakadu. Ellie has suffered the loss of her family farm and even worse the loss of her beloved father to suicide.

In her work Ellie is assigned a co-pilot, Kane who, although a difficult man to get on with at times (as he too suffers from trauma of another kind, that of a returned soldier), is also as sweet as cane sugar and for all her good intentions Ellie cannot resist!

As well as being at the heart a romance, the novel tackles some of the difficult issues of rural living such as suicide and the environmental challenges of procedures like fracking that threaten to destroy the functioning and beauty of a place like Kakadu.

Annie recalls from the early age she was destined to be a writer, she recalls as a four year old at the local library in Brisbane falling in love with books, her favourites being Enid Blyton and Mary Grant Bruce.

Annie even wrote her first book at 11 years old. She continued to write short stories in her adult life but career, marriage, family and children intervened. Anne is now returning to writing and in the burgeoning area of rural fiction

As to why people are being drawn to rural fiction Annie believes ‘it is a nostalgic return to the real Australia and all its defining characteristics includes the larrikinism, the bush and characters that are icons of Australia’.

Kakadu Sunset is out now published by Pan Macmillan Australia

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Black Inc and Nero: Happy Father’s Day

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20.07.16 3:29 pm


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Lane Offers Us Another Chance

Paula Xiberras
18.07.16 8:01 am


Recently I had a chat with prolific author Karly Lane about her latest book ‘Second Chance Town’. The novel is the story of Lucy, living in a rural town raising a teenage daughter and finding herself attracted to the town’s new resident pub renovator and outsider Hugh Thompson.

While attempting to protect her daughter from the town’s prevailing drug problems in Lucy must navigate a relationship with Hugh, he of the secret past , heavy tattoos and preference for motorcycles which sees him viewed as part of the addiction to different ways that is threatening the town.

But the novel is called ‘Second Chance Town’ and for both Lucy and Hugh their second chance involves their taking a chance on each other.

The novel brilliantly sketches small town life and realistic characters including the portrayal of a gay couple.

Karly tells me in her early days of writing when her children were little she would both write at night, and during the day move her desk near the children’s play area so she could keep an eye on them. Now with the children at school Karly has those precious hours available for her writing but there is always the occasional need for last minute edits that can stretch into the night. With such prolificacy Karly tells me she is “thinking all the time”.

Karly is often surprised when readers see a different vision of places she has drawn in her books and Karly’s characters often make a big as impact on her as they do on her readers. She tells me when she drives past a certain area that she employed as the scene of an accident in her novel “Burnt’ she often has to remind herself it was indeed fiction, not a real accident.

Second Chance Town is out now published by Allen and Unwin

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Black Inc. Nero: October new releases

Black Inc, Nero
14.07.16 11:25 am


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Rose Vintage, Nunn better!

Paula Xiberras
08.07.16 5:16 am


Kayte Nunn is yet to make the journey to Tasmania although she assures me it is high on her list especially Wine Glass Bay, Cradle Mountain and the docks.

Kayte Nunn is an English girl who has made Australia home for the last twenty years. A magazine and book editor Kayte has now turned to writing her first novel ‘Rose Vintage’.

There is some ambiguity in the title that follows Rose’s work bringing both a crop to vintage at an Australian vineyard and reaching her own maturation after a failed relationship.

The book is divided into sections including; ones titled ‘pruning’, ‘first bud’, ‘blossom’ and ‘vintage’.  These sections mapping the development of plants parallels the development of the love relationship in the book. For example, we have the beginning period which signals the end of an old relationship for the main protagonist, Rose, as she is’’ pruning’ or clearing away the old to bring in the new. The chapter ‘first bud’ with the beginning of a new relationship in the shape of the Kalkari Vineyard’s owner Mark who brings with him his own ‘blossoms’ in his two children as well a bit of an unexpected noxious exotic, in the form of his former wife Isabella, that threatens to stall the growth of the relationship as Rose and Mark work to achieve their own ‘vintage’.

Kayte tells me her desire to write came to her while she was attending boarding school as an 11 year old. The school library held a copy of ‘The Darling Buds of May’ which inspired her with its sense of community not unlike that which we see in Rose Vintage.

‘Rose Vintage’ is out now published by Nero.

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Still climbing the treehouse at 65

Paula Xiberras
07.07.16 6:52 am


While 65 might be considered a reasonable age to retire for some, for Andy Griffith’s treehouse franchise it’s a chance to reflect and realise that there is a whole lot more renovating to do at the tree house and to take that promotion up to yet another level in the next installment.

Right now we are on storey 65 and Andy Griffiths as always is continually climbing the topsy turvey, language ladder of that continually growing tree house and he’s also breaking the rules in his illogical land of literature and the kids love it. They love it because it is child centred and in its realm of a physical world with few constraints, although within legal parameters, (as Andy says any bad behaviour has its consequences) the possibilities are endless, hence the storeys continually being added to the already heavily laden tree house that has proved a fruitful franchise for Andy and his illustrator Terry..

In the 65th instalment Andy has his protagonists wandering through ‘time and space’ encountering ‘alternative versions of themselves’.

The 65th story treehouse resonates with children because among other goodies it has, as the blurb says, it has every child’s dream ‘a birthday room where it’s always your birthday.

Andy is assisted as always with long term collaborator and illustrator Terry Denton because ‘their ideas feed off each other’ and the third member of their creative team,  Andys wife Jill.

And for all aspiring authors where does Andy look for inspiration for his books?  Well, Andy watches ‘great comedy’ and reads ‘funny books’.

The 65th Storey Treehouse is out now published by Pan Macmillan.

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Tasmanian Writers’ Centre: Enter the Erica Bell Mentorship Program

Stephanie Eslake, Tasmanian Writers' Centre
07.07.16 6:38 am



Tasmanian Writers Centre


The Erica Bell Mentorship Program will offer three Tasmanian writers the opportunity to work with an established author to discuss and find pathways to work with their manuscript.

The program follows the success of the inaugural Erica Bell Foundation Awards, which were established in 2014 and awarded grants of up to $10,000 to celebrate excellence in Tasmanian literature and medical research.

Applications for Tasmanian literature in the 2016 mentorship program will open Wednesday 6 July and close 5pm Friday 29 July 2016.

This is a unique opportunity for you to work closely with an experienced writer who will provide professional feedback on your manuscript and work with you to bring your manuscript closer to publication.

Manuscripts can be works of fiction, memoir/biography, or young adult fiction.

Send your submission with two attachments:

A. Your application letter including:

250 word synopsis

Any relevant writing history

Your reasons for wanting a mentor

List three mentors you would like to work with (preferably but not limited to Tasmanian writers). We will make every effort to appoint a mentor of your choice but can not guarantee their availability. Some of the possible mentors who have confirmed their availability include Terry Whitebeach, Heather Rose, Danielle Wood, Rohan Wilson, and Lian Tanner

B. PDF file containing the first 10,000 words of your manuscript

Your submission must be clearly labelled with your name and manuscript title, with the subject heading: Erica Bell Mentorship application. If you are shortlisted, we will ask you to submit a complete manuscript.

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Terms and conditions:

There is a $20 fee for submissions payable through
Writers must be financial members of the Tasmanian Writers Centre
Entries must be submitted electronically and no late entries will be accepted
Employees of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre and Erica Bell Foundation are not eligible to apply
The foundation supports local talent. The competition is open to writers living and working in Tasmania
Manuscripts extracts must be:

Works of fiction, memoir/biography, or young adult fiction, and not previously published
The final selection will be at the discretion of the selection panel

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Mundy’s Maatsuyker Wisdom

Paula Xiberras
06.07.16 6:36 am


A little while ago I talked to Robyn Mundy about her new novel ‘Wildlight’. 

The novel has close connections with Tasmania ... being set on Maatsuyker Island.

One of the key metaphors that Robyn employs involves the cray fisher Tom recounting how the crays need to shed their skins to grow.

This is applicable to characters in the novel.

For Steph, the main protagonist and her family relocating to Maatsuyker seems a way to recapture an earlier more simple life and in that niche of nostalgia to shut out the real, confusing and complex world, a world that saw Stephanie lose her twin brother.

The family may have removed themselves from the world and with It, most forms of modern communication including to Steph’s horror, all online contact.

Stephanie does create a new contact, of the old fashioned king, with Tom the young cray fisher as she finds maturity in her lighthouse duties. The lighthouse symbol is important to the story of a family that has momentarily lost its way and in danger of crashing on the rocky shores. Steph and Tom, with so much of their story centred at the lighthouse extend the metaphor as they provide a much needed beacon for each other.

The book is dense with literary devices, symbols and metaphors and gives us an ambiguous ending that involves Stephanie returning to the island but then leaving again as she continues to shed the old skin and grow anew. It is left to the reader to conclude what Stephanie’s future holds.

‘Wildlight’ is out now published by Pan Macmillan Australia. You can read more and purchase the book here

Robyn Mundy will be discussing her book at Fullers Bookshop on July 7 at 5.30pm.

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Hobart Bookshop:  White-out

Hobart Bookshop
05.07.16 11:15 am


We are delighted to host the launch of Saxby Pridmore’s book, White-out: Selected Published Poems 1986-2016.

White-out: selected published poems 1986-2016 brings together 194 of Tasmanian poet Saxby Pridmore’s published poems to commemorate his achievement and contribution to Australian poetry: more than 300 poems published in over 40 different literary magazines and journals, including Quadrant, Studio, Famous Reporter, Blue Dog, Overland and Island.

“These poems consider everything human ...They’re deft, poised, and compassionate. Many will stay in mind and invite revisiting ...” - Michael Sharkey, Editor, Australian Poetry Journal

“White-out explores the diversity of the personal and close at hand alongside coolly-observed, critical social commentary on the ills of the world…Pridmore’s writing is perceptive, reflective, generous.” - Ralph Wessman, former editor and publisher of Famous Reporter

Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Thursday July 21st, from 5.30pm

Free event, all welcome.


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The Hobart Bookshop

22 Salamanca Square
Hobart, Tas 7000

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Celebrating young writers this July

Tasmanian Writers' Centre
01.07.16 11:22 am

It’s school holiday time again - and if you’re looking for ways to keep the kids inspired, we have you covered.

We’re sending some of the finest writers in the state out to libraries all the way from Currie to Kingston. Between July 7-14, your children can enjoy the experience of creating their own stories in free writing workshops. Many teaching the classes are popular children’s authors in their own right, including Anne Morgan who had a chat with us ahead of her workshop (read on for more). All kids aged 5-17 are welcome and you can find details about your local event here.

There is also an opportunity for children to enter their stories into the Young Creative Writers Awards for 2016. A book with the award-winning entries will be published at the end of the year, supported by the Commissioner for Children. Entries are open until the end of the month.

And for the grown-ups, why not indulge in some quality reading time? We’ve just launched our new Recommended Reads list on our website. It will feature four books each month we think you’ll love, and we’ll give you the chance to win one. Learn more in this newsletter below or jump straight to this month’s list.

Happy holidays!

From the TWC team x

Tasmanian Writers Centre HERE

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Appleyard Answering the Call

Paula Xiberras
29.06.16 9:38 am


Meredith Appleyard tells me that the title of her latest novel is ambiguous, ‘The Doctor Calling’ refers both to a doctor making house calls and also the ‘calling’ to be a doctor.

A doctor with both of these callings is Dr Laura O’Connor who leaves her home town after losing her husband in an accident, to work in the quieter atmosphere of country town, Potters Junction. Yet, even there she finds herself caught up in a family crisis of the seriously ill patient she is caring for and the return, after many years, of his son, Jack Finlay after many years.

The novel explores Meredith’s interest in how characters relationships survive emotional struggles such as the one depicted in this story, a family coping with serious illness and how a small community bands together to alleviate some of the stress of such a situation.

Town libraries become the venue where Meredith can talk about her passionate advocacy for country health and relate the stories of country people and their struggles.

Meredith as always includes incidental medical language and knowledge in her books enabling readers to learn medical information while they are entertained by a good story.
‘The Doctor Calling’ is out now published by Penguin Random House.

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Black Inc and Nero July new releases ...

Black Inc. and Nero
23.06.16 12:56 pm


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1080 is a gun, my son ...

Robert Middleton
23.06.16 5:54 am

Father, what is road kill?
Road kill is a gun, my son.

Mommy, what is 1080?
1080 is a gun, my son.

Grandfather, what is neglect?
Neglect is a gun, my precious grandson.

Grandmother, what is ignorance?
Ignorance is a gun, oh little one.

Mother, what is death?
Death is a gun, my son.

Father what is pain?
Pain is a gun, my little one.

Father, what is greed?
Greed is a gun, my son.

Mommy, what is a devil facial tumor?
A devil facial tumor is a gun, my son.

Grandfather, what is hate?
Hate is a gun, my little one.

Mother, what is torture?
Torture is a gun, my son.

My teacher, what is extinction?
Extinction is a gun, little wise one.

Grandmother, what is a regeneration burn?
A regeneration burn is a gun, my precious.

Father, what is poison?
Poison is a gun, my son.

Mommy, what is Forestry Tasmania?
Forestry Tasmania is a gun, my son.

Father, what is Tasmania?
Tasmania is a gun, my sweet son.

First published in Comments in this article, HERE

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Engineering a Career in Writing

Paula Xiberras
21.06.16 7:16 am


Author Loretta Hill loves Tassie, especially the scenery, the food and the brewries!

I recently chatted to Loretta on one of her free Fridays, that being the day Loretta, a busy mum of four and farmer, gets some additional help from a nanny so she can close the door to her study and get down to some writing.

Loretta, in spite of all of her commitments, is a prolific author whose stories are most often played out in Australian small town settings. Loretta believes that people, in spite of most of us living in the city nowadays, are attracted to the nostalgia of Australians historically living remotely and how these communities help and support each other through tough situations.

Loretta’s latest novel is ‘The Grass is Greener’, the story of two friends Claudia and Bronwyn who both crave the others existence. Bronwyn is a lawyer that would rather work in Claudia’s family vineyard and Claudia who was forced to work in the vineyard due to tragedy, wants to reclaim her early love for the law. The girls decide to swap careers, realising eventually, that sometimes you can be more content in your own paddock!

As well as writing rural romance, Loretta is a renaissance woman that possesses some surprising qualifications for an author. It was her dad, a mechanical engineer who encouraged her to pursue a reliable occupation and so Loretta qualified in structural engineering and commerce at the University of Western Australia and went on to work for an engineering company but eventually chose fiction as a career, which had always been her love from childhood and the good news is that yes, her dad is her biggest fan.

‘The Grass is Greener’ is out now published by Random House Australia.

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