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An interview with <em>Smith Journal</em> editor Nadia Saccardo

An interview with Smith Journal editor Nadia Saccardo

October 7, 2013

The brother title of Frankie magazine is carving a niche for itself among discerning readers, regardless of gender.

NYWF series: an interview with Alice Bell

NYWF series: an interview with Alice Bell

October 1, 2013

Screenwriter Alice Bell has worked on everything from major TV series to indie music videos. She speaks to Bethanie Blanchard about balance and drive.

NYWF series: an interview with Adam Liaw

NYWF series: an interview with Adam Liaw

September 24, 2013

Ahead of his appearances at the National Young Writers’ Festival, Liticism spoke with Adam Liaw about food writing, having a public profile, and the tendency towards cliche in food journalism.

Moxie and might: live storytelling at the Melbourne Writers Festival

Moxie and might: live storytelling at the Melbourne Writers Festival

August 30, 2013

Stories about suicide, travel and embarrassing paparazzi shots were laid out for the world to see at The Moth Mainstage, writes Farz Edraki

‘Most diverse Booker in history’: 2013 Man Booker Prize longlist announced

‘Most diverse Booker in history’: 2013 Man Booker Prize longlist announced

July 24, 2013

This week in the UK there was an announcement of a more bookish kind than the Royal ones we’ve been inundated with: the longlist for the 45th annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Bethanie Blanchard has the low-down.

Melbourne Writers Festival: an interview with director Lisa Dempster

Melbourne Writers Festival: an interview with director Lisa Dempster

July 18, 2013

Before the full launch of the 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival program, Bethanie Blanchard spoke with festival director Lisa Dempster about the writers chosen for inclusion in this year’s line up.

‘The body is now a spectacle’: interview with Mel Campbell, author of <em>Out of Shape</em>

‘The body is now a spectacle’: interview with Mel Campbell, author of Out of Shape

June 20, 2013

In Out of Shape, author Mel Campbell charts her relationship to clothing and examines how notions of "correct" dress have changed over the years. She speaks to Myriam Robin.

Emerging Writers Fest 2013: an interview with director Sam Twyford-Moore

Emerging Writers Fest 2013: an interview with director Sam Twyford-Moore

May 17, 2013

The Emerging Writers Festival began as a one-day sine fair in 2004 and has progressed in leaps and bounds. Bethanie Blanchard talks with director Sam Twyford-Moore.

Abbott’s e-book: a beautiful union between the Libs and indie lit?

Abbott’s e-book: a beautiful union between the Libs and indie lit?

May 14, 2013

Tony Abbott embraced the indie lit scene and announced his new e-book yesterday, writes Bethanie Blanchard. Does that mean the Liberals are drinking cheap wine as they wait for reviews?

Trying and failing at Febfast: on Jill Stark’s <em>High Sobriety</em>

Trying and failing at Febfast: on Jill Stark’s High Sobriety

May 13, 2013

After failing at Febfast, Stephanie Van Schilt decided -- after reading Jill Stark's High Society -- that she was all out of excuses. Van Schilt describes Stark's book and her relationship with "the demon drink."

The persistence of gender: a Stella Miles Franklin shortlist

The persistence of gender: a Stella Miles Franklin shortlist

May 1, 2013

The gender issue has been a persistent theme in the announcement of shortlists and longlists. For the first time in history an all-female Stella Prize shortlist has been announced, writes Bethanie Blanchard.

Epigraphs and placelessness: interview with short story author Chris Somerville

Epigraphs and placelessness: interview with short story author Chris Somerville

April 26, 2013

Bethanie Blachard talks to author Chris Somerville, whose collection of short stories mix spare prose with quirky situations.

Sydney Writers’ Festival: program highlights

Sydney Writers’ Festival: program highlights

April 15, 2013

This year's Sydney Writers’ Festival program presents an impressive line up. Liticism blogger Bethanie Blanchard picks her highlights.

The line between erotic and non-erotic lit: interview with author Krissy Kneen

The line between erotic and non-erotic lit: interview with author Krissy Kneen

April 10, 2013

Krissy Kneen’s new novel Steeplechase is a claustrophobic and unsettling story of two sisters linked by art and madness. She speaks with Bethanie Blanchard about making a departure from erotic literature.

Book review: Ron Rash’s <em>Nothing Gold Can Stay</em>

Book review: Ron Rash’s Nothing Gold Can Stay

April 8, 2013

Set exclusively in the Carolinas, Ron Rash's thrilling collection of short stories show us people for whom all hope has been vanquished, writes Paul Donoughe.

The female protagonist as writer — <em>Girls</em>

The female protagonist as writer — Girls

April 5, 2013

Though Girls provokes debates about sex, relationships and friendship, it is Lena Dunham's depiction of her female protagonist as writer that fascinates Bethanie Blanchard.

Miles Franklin longlist: literary sausage fest no more

Miles Franklin longlist: literary sausage fest no more

March 26, 2013

This year's female dominated Miles Franklin longlist was released via a slow literary striptease from the Trust Company – revealing, one twitpic at a time, the covers of the ten novels, reports Bethanie Blanchard.

Two Aussie authors on Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist

Two Aussie authors on Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist

March 14, 2013

Two Australian authors appear on the longlist for the Women's Prize for Fiction, reports Bethanie Blanchard.

Book review: <em>The Burial</em>, by Courtney Collins

Book review: The Burial, by Courtney Collins

February 28, 2013

Courtney Collins' fictional tale about Australia’s last bushranger is told through the dead eyes of Jessie’s newborn child. It's a beautiful book but lacks depth and is tonally inconsistent, writes Erin Handley.

Debut writers, indie publishers the emphasis of the inaugural Stella Prize

Debut writers, indie publishers the emphasis of the inaugural Stella Prize

February 22, 2013

Fiction, debut writers and independent publishers are the emphasis in the longlist announced for the inaugural Stella Prize, the first major new literary award for women’s writing, reports Bethanie Blanchard.