Topic archives: literature

Sophie Cunningham: is writing evolving?

November 25, 2010 5

Is form following function? Are we evolving? Or, to the question I want to consider here: is writing evolving? And is there a danger of Australian writers losing their distinctive voice, asks writer and editor Sophie Cunningham?

Totally hip book reviews with Ron Charles

Totally hip book reviews with Ron Charles

November 16, 2010

He may not be as hot as the inflammatory James Wood, or as icily cool as J M Coetzee, the only critic to have won the Nobel and two Bookers, but Ron Charles has many virtues as a book reviewer that draw him close: he is judicious but merciful; rigorous but generous, says W H Chong.

Do you write for yourself or an audience?

September 16, 2010

It's a common issue with authors: who is the target audience? For an intensely private activity, writing can have very public repercussions. And the sweet innocence of a first novel can never be replicated, notes Jessica Au.

Book people face audience verdict: “Boring”

September 8, 2010

While Rome fiddles, book people burn. A brief illustrated report on a small but critical event beyond Canberra, by W H Chong.

Tony Martin: Byron, books and bombing out in public

August 18, 2010

If you thought being an author on the panel of the Byron Bay Writers Festival was a glam affair, Tony Martin will prove you wrong. There's little signing of autographs or selling books, but lots of jealously for Bret Easton Ellis' popularity.

The famous last words of famous authors

August 10, 2010

A collection of literature's famous last words, from Anton Chekov's "It's a long time since I drank champagne" to Virginia Woolf's "I feel certain that I'm going mad again …"

Writers can’t write for free forever

July 2, 2010

The rise of Australia's literary journal blogs as intellectual spaces is a great thing. But with no money in blogging, can an effective long term model be found to sustain them? asks Jessica Au.

The crime of Truth’s triumph

June 23, 2010

Truth by Peter Temple, won the Miles Franklin Literary Award last night, the first time a crime novel has won the big prize. Are genre-busting thrillers the way of the future? asks W H Chong.

How Jane Austen became a global brand

May 25, 2010

Jane Austen was hardly a household name when she died in 1817, but in the 1870s, "Austenmania" started spreading around the globe -- and it isn't dying out any time soon.

Writing a good title is really… something

May 14, 2010

Writer and journalist Gordon Haber's untitled essay on the lazy patterns authors fall into when titling their books. Ever read Participling the Proper Noun, The Occupation's Relative or The Lyrical Instruction Manual?