Do sales say anything meaningful about these books’ impact on our political process or cultural debate?
It wasn’t the fault of artistic angst, but Dear Dr Chekhov has taken a little while, a few years in fact, to reach the airwaves. Last week it premiered at a packed listening event before being broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Soundproof program. (Don’t worry if you missed the broadcast, it’s now a podcast.) The one-hour Soundproof program and half-hour weekly RadioTonic program makeContinue reading “Listening parties, the new thang.”
Poor Salman Rushdie. On the global books site GoodReads, he recently gave public 1-, 2- and 3-star ratings to books by well-known and esteemed writers such as Kingsley Amis, the late father of his friend Martin Amis, and Hermione Lee. He claims not to have realised his ratings were public. GoodReads – launched in 2007Continue reading “Should authors Rushdie to judgment as book reviewers?”
I love the baroque patterning that you can work toward with the family
The author wants something to mark the occasion. A couple of drinks won’t do. Sleeping with the advance copies under your pillow won’t do.
Why shouldn’t a publisher refuse a proposal on political grounds when the author or subject of the book has acted in such a way that they have damaged the publisher?
Selecting text to delete, replace or add is fiddly. But also more accurate.
Emma Rafferty – “I wanted it to be modern, possibly geometric, stylised, typography-driven, potentially incorporating the hopscotch grid, to feature at least one iconic Sydney image, and using lighter rather than darker grim colours, as I always associate Sydney with light and colour.”
The new Saturday Paper publishes anonymous book reviews and, occasionally, reviews by identified critics. That anonymity was a much-discussed feature when the paper launched in March, and the debate continues. Certainly, in running such reviews, the paper sacrifices a critical point of difference between mainstream media and the online world of trolls and fandom avatars. DebatingContinue reading “Anonymous book reviews don’t foster our literary culture – The Conversation”
Why writing programs are worth it: a reply to Hanif Kureishi Having served in a more humble capacity at the University it is now an honour to call myself a professor at Kingston. – Hanif Kureishi. In October last year Hanif Kureishi, novelist and screenwriter, and author of The Buddha of Suburbia and The LastContinue reading “A reply to Hanif Kureishi”
Asked last week to write about NaNowriMo by The Conversation, I leapt at the chance to talk about this great worldwide (is it too emphatic a word?) phenomenon. Didn’t have long to do it, so it was a busy few days already scheduled to the rim. But, it’s a brief, I’ve been asked to write –Continue reading “NaNoWriMo and the art to responding to a brief”
Suddenly I’m spending time with teens, but they’re not my own two, and I’m talking about writing. Working with the year 12s this past month, and my usual third year university students, I’ve seen close-up what the soon-to-be school leavers will emerge into, just 3 years later when they’re in their early 20s. Bright, withContinue reading “Ways in to Writing Imaginatively”
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