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Into the Wood: Danielle Wood on ‘Mothers Grimm’ 

19 June 2014

Danielle Wood’s Mothers Grimm (A&U, September) explores the stereotypes of the ‘good’ and ‘wicked’ mother in her contemporary retelling of four Grimm’s fairytales. Bec Kavanagh spoke to the author.Do you...

Words from the west: Deb Fitzpatrick on ‘The Break’ 

19 June 2014

Deb Fitzpatrick’s first novel for adults explores human drama in the ‘picturesque setting of Margaret River’. ‘The Break [Fremantle Press, September] will resonate with fans of Tim Winton, as Fitzpatrick...

Undercurrents: Jessie Cole on ‘Deeper Water’ 

15 May 2014

Jessie Cole inverts the ‘stranger comes to town’ narrative in her second novel Deeper Water (Fourth Estate). She spoke to reviewer Portia Lindsay.Deeper Water begins in a similar way to...

Write-off: Ian Shadwell on ‘Slush Pile’ 

20 March 2014

Ian Shadwell’s debut novel Slush Pile (Puncher & Wattman, June), which follows the desperate life of a washed-up former Booker Prize-winner, ‘will appeal to writers, aspiring writers, publishing insiders and...

Williamson appointed fiction editor at ‘Island’ 

6 March 2014

Geordie Williamson has been appointed fiction editor at Island magazine. Williamson, who is chief literary critic at the Australian, was announced as Island’s new fiction editor on 6 March. In a...

Artistic licence: Emily Bitto on ‘The Strays’

7 February 2014

Emily Bitto’s debut The Strays (Affirm Press, May) tells the story of a young girl ‘wooed by a progressive group of artists living in 1930s Melbourne’. She spoke to reviewer...

McBride wins inaugural Goldsmiths Prize 

14 November 2013

Irish author Eimear McBride has won the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize for ‘boldly original fiction’ for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (Text). McBride’s debut novel was selected for the £10,000...

Hitchcock wins inaugural writingWA fiction award 

4 October 2013

Miles Hitchcock has won the inaugural Curtin University Prize for Fiction, administered by writingWA. Hitchcock, who lives in the Western Australian town of Barragup, near Mandurah, won the award for...

A life education: Chris Womersley on ‘Cairo’ 

15 July 2013

In his new novel Cairo (Scribe September), Chris Womersley recreates Melbourne life in the 1980s. The author spoke to Martin Shaw. This novel begs the question: what were you doing in...