Let’s take a look at the spreadsheet as we hit the halfway mark in another exciting year. Has moving to the country made me read more? Better? Quicker? Do I just spend all my time looking out the window at birds? (Not today – today … Continue reading All your delicious EOFY reading stats
The best books
I had a really good reading year, according to my reading spreadsheet. The vast majority of books I read fell into the ‘really liked it’ category. This list of the ‘best’ ones could have easily been four times as long. But ten is a standard … Continue reading The best books
It’s the most graphable time of the year
Nothing says festive season like graphs. Welcome to ‘my year in reading, unnecessarily graphed’. This year I started 104 books. I gave up on seven of them; two of them I’ve been reading for months, but I still intend to finish them. Ten of them … Continue reading It’s the most graphable time of the year
EOFY reading report: statstastic
How exciting is the end of financial year? So exciting I forgot it had even happened. Sixteen days later I remembered I usually (OK, once) do a quick countdown of how my reading has gone in the first six months of the year. Last time … Continue reading EOFY reading report: statstastic
A long chat, and some panels
I’m doing a bunch of events in early August. In Adelaide: Tuesday 7 August at 6.30pm – A lecture I called ‘Inside wild minds’, looking at the predicament of wild animals, and how fiction might help us care about it. It’s on at Flinders University … Continue reading A long chat, and some panels
More stories! More essays!
I finally got around to updating my ‘Stories and essays‘ page, which it seems I haven’t touched since mid-2016. All my latest publications, online and off, free and paid, are now on there.
In other news, I went to a brilliant workshop with Charlotte Wood at Writers Victoria yesterday, and I now feel slightly more equipped to have another go at this alleged novel I’m writing. Wish me luck.
Late for International Women’s Day
… and lacking even my usual minor attempts at layout and panache, this is my list of the best feminist books I’ve read since last International Women’s Day. Links are to reviews that go some way to talking about why I’ve chosen the books I’ve … Continue reading Late for International Women’s Day
Adelaide, Newcastle and England on the internet
I’m doing a few festival appearances over the next few months. First up: Adelaide Writers Week (which is next week):
- Catherine McKinnon and I will be talking about Invented Histories on Saturday
- I’m doing a ‘meet the writer‘ at Dymocks in Rundle Mall on Monday
- I’m chairing a session with Maja Lunde and Harriet McKnight on Tuesday (this one will also be live streamed on the festival’s website)
- Claire G Coleman and I talk about Seeking Refuge on Wednesday
Newcastle Writers Festival is on 6-8 April and I’m doing a couple of sessions on the Saturday:
- Outside the Square, talking about experimental writing with my Kanganoulipo colleagues Julie Koh and Ryan O’Neill
- Crossing Over, a conversation about writing in multiple genres.
Meanwhile, I was utterly delighted to get a six-star (out of five) rating from UK book blogger Simon Savidge. You can watch Simon talk about From the Wreck, and about how he wants to read more Australian authors (send him your books, fellow writers).
My year in books, even less rigorously graphed than usual
‘Get a hobby.’ The ‘will finish’ books are I contain multitudes by Ed Yong, about bacteria (it’s FASCINATING) and Secondhand time by Svetlana Alexievich, an oral history of the breakdown of the Soviet Union which is, huh, I don’t have a word for it. … Continue reading My year in books, even less rigorously graphed than usual
The best books
I’ve read about 100 books this year and these were the ones I liked best. Links are, where possible, to libraries where you can borrow the book (because library books are free to you but the authors still get paid). Books in bold were published … Continue reading The best books