Bel picked up the turtle from the middle of the road, where she feared it might be crushed by a car, and carried it to the verge. The turtle’s shell was green as an olive, the plates of its carapace indistinct under a layer of moss. It had turned itself into a stone, its head […]
Twenty years have passed, but the memories are still a chisel in the skull, opening a portal to another place and time. The flashbacks are sharper than ever as Claire drives north through the tunnel under Sydney airport. She’ll see Gen tonight. They haven’t exchanged a word since they were both twenty-six.
The Horse Hospital in Dubai
Jackie fears she might fall asleep standing up like a horse. She arrived in Dubai from Melbourne at 1:45am and it is now 8am on the same day. She wears the required white lab coat, with a stethoscope looped over the back of her neck. In the green treatment area of the horse hospital, she […]
Being read: How writers of fiction manuscripts experience and respond to criticism
This paper brings into dialogue the theoretical discussion about reading with the lived experience of being read, and draws some inferences about receiving feedback from discussions in creative writing studies and from experience.
‘Entering writers’ rooms: reading interviews with novelists
This paper examines the literary interview as a form, and as a source of research material for creative writing and literary studies.
‘Myth-busting women and literature’
The myth I’m busting is: ‘Women writers are too preoccupied with frivolous topics – hence, chick lit.’ The contention is that women writers—and by implication readers—are concerned with trivial and frivolous topics. As a male writer once said to me at a party—a famous and political South African writer—‘there’s too much kitchen sink fiction published […]
‘The “unimaginable border” and bare life in Eva Hornung’s Dog Boy’
This article offers a consideration of the figure of the feral child in Australian writer Eva Hornung’s Dog Boy (2009), a novel based on stories circulating in the media about children raised by dogs in post-perestroika Russia.
‘Fantasias for flute’
MEG’S BROTHERS WERE lucky. They joined the army when they turned eighteen: first Liam, then Stuart. When reveille sounded, they sat up in their bunks and pulled on their boots. They washed their faces with a towel dipped in cold water, raised their arms and rolled on deodorant, then drained cups of sugary coffee in […]
What constitutes discovery?
The experience of writing fiction or making art often entails the feeling of having made a discovery or realisation. For fiction writers, this realisation can inspire the revision of the manuscript. It can feel momentous, as though the change to the manuscript needs to be made, or the manuscript is flawed and needs to be […]