Writing On Our Calendar / April 2020
We might be staying at home this month, but that doesn’t mean you can’t engage with some fantastic literary discussions! Pull out your laptop and support writers with some of these great virtual events. This list is updated periodically so you can keep up to date with what’s happening in our (digital) literary communities.
Book Review / Hapless Hero Henrie by Petra James
By Ashleigh Meikle
“For two hundred years, only boys have been born into the Melchior family – that is, until Henrietta Madeline Melchior came into the world, followed by a trio of shrieks eleven years, eight months and nine and a half days ago.” – Ashleigh Meikle reviews Hapless Hero Henrie by Petra James
Book Review / Intimate Antipathies by Luke Carman
By Tess Pearson
“These essays, while concerned largely with cultural critique, also find inspiration, revelation and beauty in the everyday. The tensions of early parenthood and marriage, and the processes involved in seeking psychological health, are all rendered in a way that grasps for the existential dimensions of these experiences. ” – Tess Pearson reviews Intimate Antipathies by Luke Carman.
Book Review / Clancy of the Overflow by Jackie French
By Alison Dance
“Patterson’s poem Clancy of the Overflow beautifully weaves a story of urban and rural Australia in the 1880s. It’s no wonder Jackie French is able to extract such a stunning novel from its famous stanzas.” – Alison Dance reviews Clancy of the Overflow by Jackie French
Book Review / Akin by Emma Donoghue
By Jan Allerton
“A further joy is Donoghue’s impressive breadth of knowledge, combining ancient gods and philosophy with truths about the horrors of Nazi occupation and those of a tough suburban drug culture.” – Jan Allerton reviews Akin by Emma Donoghue.
Book Review / The Brisbane Line by J.P. Powell
By Alison Dance
“Author, J.P. Powell, pens a frustrated Brisbane society navigating the impending “new world” in 1943 through tram lines, philosophical lines between high and low society and police officers crossing the line into corruption.” – Alison Dance reviews The Brisbane Line by J.P. Powell.
Book Review / The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code by Judith Hoare
By Katrina Tite
“In the retelling of Weekes’ narrative, Hoare has written more than a biography. She delves deeply into the forebears of modern psychology… In bringing this story to light, Hoare has ensured Dr Weekes’ legacy as a pioneer in the treatment of nervous illness is duly recognised.” – Katrina Tite reviews The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code by Judith Hoare.