We Need to Talk (microfiction)

To celebrate the introduction of 280-character Tweets by Twitter, Meanjin Quarterly ran a microfiction competition. The “@Meanjin Twiction” rules were simple, tweet a 280-character story and include the hashtag #meanjin280! The prize? The top ten stories to be published on the Meanjin Blog the following week and the authors paid $1 a word.  Continue ReadingWe Need to Talk (microfiction)

Their Finest by Lissa Evans

It was a warm, lazy afternoon at home last Sunday and I took advantage of it to sprawl on my sofa and finish reading Their Finest by Lissa Evans (originally published as Their Finest Hour and a Half). 

I started reading the book after seeing the film, also titled Their Finest, a British period comedy-drama about the making of a propaganda film and life on the home front under The Blitz during the Second World War.   Continue ReadingTheir Finest by Lissa Evans

Signed Stark by Ben Elton

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I recently attended a special screening of Three Summers, which had a Q&A session with the writer/director, Ben Elton. I have loved his work since seeing him on TV in England in the 1980s. And I love his writing, from his first novel, Stark (1989), through to his most recent, Time and Time Again (2014). So it was a great privilege to meet Ben in person after the Q&A and for him to sign my yellowed copy of Stark, 30 years after I first fell in love with his work!  Continue ReadingSigned Stark by Ben Elton

Days of Gentle Rejections

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In these days of instant gratification via the web, emails and social media, it’s hard to believe once upon a time wanna-be writers would type and print their manuscripts in double-line spacing, post them to publishers with a reply-paid, self-addressed-envelope, and then wait … and wait … and wait, for an offer to publish or, more often than not, a rejection letter. Continue ReadingDays of Gentle Rejections

Their Finest

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I watched Their Finest (distributed by Transmission Films) the other night. In many ways, it’s a typical British period comedy-drama about the making of a propaganda film and life on the home front during World War II. But it had an interesting and modern take on the role of women in society and their contribution to the war effort.  Continue ReadingTheir Finest

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

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A pleasant memory from 2013 popped up in my Facebook timeline the other day. It was a comment I’d made in response to a post by the Sydney Writers’ Festival on a “fantastic find” in Sappho Books, Glebe, a treasured secondhand copy of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.  Continue ReadingFantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl