In the soft light of dawn

Last night at a ceremony in Darwin, my poem suite, ‘In the soft light of dawn’, was awarded the NT Writers Centre Poetry Award in the NT Literary Awards. This is second time I have won this award, having won in 2012 with a sonnet ‘kwatye scours the sand’. ‘In the soft light of dawn’…

At the Sydney Writers Festival 23 May 2017

Although I am not appearing at SWF17, one of my short stories is. Get down to the Knox Street Bar (21 Shepherd St, Chippendale) on Tuesday 23 May 7pm for Little Fictions: On the Road. Be treated to fabulous contemporary Australian short stories read and performed by excellent Australian actors. A great night of storytelling.

Now reading: War with the Newts, by Karel Capek

Karel Capek, War with the Newts (1936) Looking for something new and different to read, I came across Slawomir Mrozek’s marvellous little collection, The elephant. That book is part of Penguin’s Central European Classics series, and the inside jacket marketing of the other books in the series led me to, among other authors, Capek. Thankfully,…

Now reading: Talking to my country, by Stan Grant

Stan Grant, Talking to my country (2016) The marketing line on the cover of this book could instead be a bold subtitle: ‘the book that every Australian should read’. Well, is it? I heard Stan Grant speak at this year’s Newcastle Writers Festival, unaware of his article in The Guardian that was inspired by the continued…