Take a look at the great things we’ve read in March — a new literary newsletter focused on recycling gold gems, an essay on diversity within the broader literary ecosystem, a novel form a Pulitzer Prize winning author and more!
The Circular by the Sydney Review of Books
Jane McCredie, CEO
I’ve been really enjoying reading the Circular, the new project from the Sydney Review of Books. Edited by Tiffany Tsao, the newsletter each week presents a carefully curated selection of non-fiction articles from various other publications. I’ve discovered some powerful new writing through it, and I was delighted when an essay written for Writing NSW by Eileen Chong was featured a while back. The recent issue on “the circular of life” was particularly thought-provoking and moving, with pieces by Anne Roscoe, Angelina Hurley, Sar Fegan, Elfie Shiosaki, WJP Newnham and Vivian Blaxell. If you’re not already a subscriber, you can join the list here.
Echolalia by Briohny Doyle
Amy Lovat, Program Officer
I usually read pretty fast — finishing books in one sitting, if I’m totally absorbed. But reading Echolalia by Briohny Doyle has been a different story. I’m totally absorbed, yes, but I’m also savouring it. Each page, each chapter. This is a slightly noir novel that asks: what would drive a mother to do the unthinkable? Set in the not too distant future where climate change has wreaked havoc on the country — a lake vista at the gleaming windows of the protagonists’ mansion is dried up, birds disappeared, pools are emptied and water restrictions are at the highest ever during harsh summers. It’s a gripping read about womanhood, motherhood, mania and mental health, set in a small town with a huge class divide, straddling the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of a tragedy that tore a family apart. Five stars.
Diverse Publishing Isn’t just About Writers by Bridget Caldwell-Bright for Kill Your Darlings
Martyn Reyes, Project and Communications Officer
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
Julia Tsalis, Program Director
Culture in the Making (a walk and talk) by Luke Patterson for the Sydney Review of Books
Isaac Wilcox, Administration and Digital Services Officer