Adelaide Writers Week: The Garden of Literary Delights

Adelaide Writers Week: The Garden of Literary Delights

Adelaide Writers Week is an institution in this city. It is the largest celebration of literature in Adelaide. Every year authors and readers are brought together for six glorious days of thrilling panels and discussions, Q & A’s and signings, with writers from a wide range of genres, both locally and internationally. This year I [...]

Imposter! – Making Sense Of, and Combatting, Writer’s Doubt

Imposter! – Making Sense Of, and Combatting, Writer’s Doubt

I don't think I'm good enough - I don't think I'll ever be good enough. I feel like I don't belong, like an imposter. How long until someone realises that I'm not like them? That I'm not a real writer? Regardless of whether you're a beginner or an accomplished writer, chances are that you've experienced [...]

Genre Fiction vs Literary Fiction: why the literary canon of dead white men sucks.

Genre Fiction vs Literary Fiction: why the literary canon of dead white men sucks.

There are two kind of people in the world: people who think Literary Fiction has more merit to society than Genre Fiction, and people who are correct.   Ever since the printing press made novels a commercially viable and accessible hobby, some group has been out to decry them as dangerous or a waste of [...]

Literary Papercuts: Reflecting on the Australian Short Story Festival

Literary Papercuts: Reflecting on the Australian Short Story Festival

Neil Gaiman once wrote that short stories are journeys you can make to the other side of the universe and still be back in time for tea. Short stories are bold. They are shameless. They deserve to be celebrated. And on November 3-5, at the University of South Australia, they were. A collaboration between Margaret [...]

Best of the Best: Modern Australian Short Stories

Best of the Best: Modern Australian Short Stories

This powerful book encompassing 25 short stories written by the crème de la crème of Australian literary talent is worth a visit. The editor, Barry Oakley, was the literary editor of the Australian Newspaper between 1988 and 1997. Barry Oakley is a prolific Australian playwright, novelist and short story writer, and by-the-by was encouraged by [...]