Hula Hoops, clowns, and fiction…

Hula Hoop virtuosa, Judith Lanigan Did you know the hula hoop was first sold in Australia? Hula Hoop virtuosa and ASA Mentorship Award recipient, Judith Lanigan, writes for and about circus, and will be attending her first Byron Bay Writers Festival this year to discuss her forthcoming book A True History of the Hula Hoop. I recovered … Continue reading »

Hoffmonsters and Butterfish …

Alice Hoffman (Practical Magic) has discovered a creative new application for Twitter: revenge, After a less-than-glowing review of her new book, she tweeted critic Roberta Silman’s phone number and email address, urging fans to communicate their displeasure with ‘snarky critics’. Fortunately, Hoffman got the number wrong, and Silman enjoyed her weekend away uninterrupted. Neither was … Continue reading »

'Tis the season to be festive …

Writers festivals, that is. Our festival roundup today includes a peek at the Voices on the Coast youth literary festival line-up, as well as a brief interview with the wonderful Australian author Linda Jaivin about the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Byron Bay Writers Festival runs from 7-9 August 2009 (Workshops from 3 August). BBWF guest … Continue reading »

Clickeasy…

The Brisbane Writers Festival Committee has announced their former Youth Coordinator Jane O’Hara as the new Artistic Director. We’re excited because she knows how the festival works, and she has vision for regional Queensland … hurrah! And here’s Friday’s links for your clicking pleasure: Writing Raw literary sharing website Eureka Street writers Awards Victoria has … Continue reading »

Yoof

     Back to school today, and I write this with a heart torn between joy and grief at the thought of my youngest starting Grade 1… So, to mark the occasion for younger writers, and for those of us who juggle writing with parenting (and working, and everything else), let’s look at what’s happening for … Continue reading »