What We're Reading / June 2019
There’s no doubt about it – true happiness is snuggling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea while winter rages outside. And while we probably can’t help you with the tea, we can definitely help in the book section! Read on to discover what our staff have been reading in the cold winter months. Who knows, you might even stumble upon your new favourite book!
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.
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 / Eliminating Errors with Tony Spencer-Smith
“Grammar and punctuation are generally as natural to us as the air we breathe. They are the way any language works.” Despite the importance of grammar, many people still struggle.
Join Tony Spencer-Smith for his workshop Eliminating Errors on Saturday 22 September to learn what you need to know in order to write well.
Writers On Writing / Writing Suspense with Pamela Cook
“No matter what the genre, a story needs tension. If the reader knows everything up front, there’s no hook, no questions and no reason to read on.”
To learn how to hook your reader and keep them caught, join Pamela Cook in her Saturday 15 September workshop Turn Up The Tension.
Book Review / The Passengers by Eleanor Limprecht
By Amanda McLeod
“Limprecht’s research shines through in the rich detail that brings Sarah’s journey to life. Her recreation of wartime Sydney is vibrant, perfectly capturing the blend of excitement and uncertainty in that era.”
Amanda McLeod reviews The Passengers by Eleanor Limprecht, an immersive novel about life in early Sydney.
Book Review / Apple and Knife by Intan Paramaditha
By Annie Zhang
“Her stories thrum with undercurrents of anger at the unjust hands these women are continuously dealt.”
Annie Zhang reviews Apple and Knife by Intan Paramaditha, a collection of stories which challenge our traditional notions of the heroin and her role.