The Australian Shadows Award, or why I will soon have a new skull on the mantlepiece …

Wow. Perfections just won the Australian Shadows Award for Best Novel. I have no words . . . well, almost none. Hey, I'm a writer. If I had absolutely no words, it would mean I was dead or something, right? As you can see, though, they are not good words I am having right now. … Continue reading The Australian Shadows Award, or why I will soon have a new skull on the mantlepiece …

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From Newcastle to Ballarat, a Week of First Things!

Jason and I went north this past weekend for the inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival. It was a fantastic event, brimming with many interesting, intelligent, enthusiastic writers and readers. The panels we saw were at times thought-provoking, at times humourous, and the "Nightmare Australia" session -- which featured the indomitable Jenny Blackford throwing tricky questions at … Continue reading From Newcastle to Ballarat, a Week of First Things!