Wundersmith

Wundersmith

Wundersmith Jessica Townsend   Book of the year at the ABI Awards in 2018, Nevermoor’s sequel, Wundersmith was recently released by Lothian books. As well as being a fantastic whirlwind fantasy it also has the added appeal of supporting a Queensland writer. Hailed by some as the next (and Australian) J.K. Rowling (minus every questionable [...]

Unplotted Potter

Unplotted Potter

If you like improv; if you like comedy; or if you’ve ever felt the desire to delve into some wildly speculative background stories of Hogwarts’ most obscure characters — UnPlotted Potter is the must-see Adelaide Fringe show for you.   I first saw UnPlotted Potter at last year’s Fringe, and was left enchanted and deeply [...]

BAD [w]OMEN: Mirrors

BAD [w]OMEN: Mirrors

You know what takes dedication? Wearing a silver latex jumpsuit outdoors on a sticky Adelaide evening. The ladies of BAD w[OMEN] had no trouble running, jumping, dancing and beating one another up with plastic baseball bats in their silver outfits, even with the humidity bearing down on us like a musty cave bear.   BAD [...]

Our Giddy Aunts: Queer Readings of Mentors in Children’s Fantasy Fiction

Our Giddy Aunts: Queer Readings of Mentors in Children’s Fantasy Fiction

With the recent revelation that Dumbledore, our favourite gay wizard, won’t be all that gay in the next Fantastic Beasts movie, I think it’s fair to say that the tide has finally turned; J. K. Rowling’s table-scrap representation is no longer enough. Readers are no longer satisfied with post publication declarations that an unaddressed, unimportant [...]

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 [...]