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 […]

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Published by Pan Macmillan Australia on 2009 Pages: 584 Goodreads It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still. By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in […]

Somerset and All the Maughams – Robin Maugham

Somerset and All the Maughams – Robin Maugham

Somerset And All The Maughams by Robin Maugham Goodreads I write this a few minutes after finishing the book. Sitting in front of my computer I am bemused by much about this book. W. Somerset Maugham is very well known. He died at the ripe old age of 91 and was a very colourful character. […]

#SaveOzStories

#SaveOzStories by Geraldine Brooks, Isobelle Carmody, Peter FitzSimons, Richard Flanagan, Jackie French, Anna Funder, Nikki Gemmell, Morris Gleitzman, Kate Grenville, Andy Griffiths, Jane Harper, Chloe Hooper, Toni Jordan, Thomas Keneally, David Malouf, Monica McInerney, Alex Miller, Frank Moorhouse, Matthew Reilly, Michael Robotham, Magda Szubanski, Christos Tsiolkas, Tim Winton Published by Melbourne University Press on 2016 […]

Minder – Anthony Masters

Minder – Anthony Masters

Minder by Anthony Masters Goodreads This is a novel of the popular English comedy series of the same name. The programme ran from 1979 to 1994 and was sort of rather funny. I won’t say I’ve watched all the episodes but I’ve watched enough, one day I’ll revisit a couple of episodes and see how […]