Book Review / The Traitor and the Thief by Gareth Ward
By Amanda McLeod
“The story is set in an alternate Victorian London, and the steampunk elements are woven beautifully into the narrative…”
Amanda McLeod reviews the action-packed YA novel The Traitor and the Thief by Gareth Ward.
Writers On Writing / Wizards, dragons, bears and chooks with Lisa Shanahan
Where do captivating ideas for children’s books really come from? How do you make a picture book text work? What does it truly take to write a middle-grade novel that lingers and lasts?
Ahead of Lisa’s course at Writing NSW—Wizards, Dragons, Bears and Chooks: The Joy of Writing for Children—we had a chat with her about writing for kids.
Book Review / Blakwork by Alison Whittaker
By Kyra Thomsen
“Always, a mirror is held up for the reader to re-examine themselves in the reflection of the work and the struggles of Indigenous peoples.”
Kyra Thomsen reviews Blakwork by Alison Whittaker, a poetry collection which provokes thought on contemporary and historical Indigenous consciousness in our society.
Book Review / The Book of Ordinary People by Claire Varley
By Amanda McLeod
“Varley has experience working in migrant and refugee communities, and in violence prevention initiatives, which lends her fiction an authentic voice and genuine gravitas.”
Amanda Mcleod reviews The Book of Ordinary People, a snapshot of present-day multiculteral Australia.
Writers On Writing / The best reasons to self-publish with Joel Naoum
By Joel Naoum
“After all the time you have put into writing your book, it is essential to ensure that it’s presented to readers professionally and attractively.”
We spoke with Joel Naoum about his 7-week self publishing course, at the end of which participants will have a published book for sale online and in print-on-demand formats.
Writers On Writing / Challenging ideas about truth with Jesse Blackadder
“The historical novel isn’t only retelling an old story. It’s a way to challenge ideas about truth, memory, history, and fiction.”
We interviewed author Jesse Blackadder in the lead-up to her workshop Going Down in History: Writing Historical Fiction. Join her on Saturday 22 September to learn how to research and write history to make it come alive.