Deep breath – ten years!

Hello and hello! In all the fun and games to do with the Seventh Australian Discworld Convention a week and a half ago, followed by the upheaval of Passover I completely forgot to write for my blog. I shouldn’t have forgotten, Monday this week was the tenth anniversary of me starting my writing journey. I […]

Pensive sitting

I was going to write about the book I’ve just finished. Then I stopped and thought how I would normally write about what I’m doing next weekend. It’s a tradition of mine to write about the Australian Discworld Convention at some stage of the game, whether before or after. Today I’ve decided to write about […]

Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse

Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse

Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse Published by Penguin Pages: 176 Goodreads The classic comedy of a 50s youth trapped inside a Walter Mitty fantasy-world, Billy Liar was published in 1959, and captures brilliantly the claustrophobic atmosphere of a small town. It tells the story of Billy Fisher, a Yorkshire teenager unable to stop lying – […]

Verandah Literary and Art Journal 27

Yes, another Verandah. This issue is from 2012. If I understand correctly, Verandah has a new team every year. It is supported by The Deakin School of Communication and Creative Arts. In 2018 some of the team were in my classes. It’s going to be interesting to see where their careers go. The team of […]

Overland Issue 232 Spring 2018

Another Monday another magazine. You’d be right in thinking I haven’t finished that anthology yet, I’m getting there but 900 pages is pretty heavy going. With less than 300 to go I should get there any week and then I’ll scribble a few words about it. Overland has been publishing this magazine since 1954. It’s […]

The Lifted Brow 10th Birthday Issue, 33 March 2017

The Lifted Brow is an impressive magazine. The organisation itself is a non-profit literary publishing organisation based in Melbourne, Australia. They don’t worry too much about the money instead focussing on publishing work from the artistic and/or demographic margins. They’ve been doing this since 2007. It’s full of excellently written articles. Reading through this 10th […]

Our Books Are Not Free – Facebook event

Something has come up so I’m digressing from the planned scheduled programme. You know those times when you see a book event on but you can’t make it. There might be many reasons you can’t make it. The event might be in the wrong hemisphere, in the wrong city, an awkward time of day/night for […]

Spinifex Press Anniversary Catalogue 1991 – 2016

Published by Spinifex Press The first article in my series about the magazines I’ve been reading. I don’t have any remembrance of where or when I got this but I found it really interesting. It’s what it says on the outside. It’s a catalogue of their publications over a 25 year period. As with every […]

Writing Reviews

I’ve picked up a book that at over 900 pages might possibly keep me going for a few weeks. It is dense reading with many short stories and some critical articles about those short stories. The first few pages are about Writing About Fiction. As I was reading those pages last night I found myself […]

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