Category: Close and Personal

Interviews with local and visiting talent

Close and Personal: Katherine Johnson

Tasmanian writer Katherine Johnson released her second novel The Better Son in October 2016, and we are very pleased to feature it as one of our Recommended Reads for this month. We’re also delighted that Katherine took the time to have a quick chat with us. Congratulations on the release of The Better Son! Can you […]

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Close and Personal: Jennifer Livett

By Ruth Dawkins   Jennifer Livett was born in Hampshire, moving to Tasmania with her family when she was still a child. She spent most of her life here, completing a PhD in English and becoming a tutor and English at the University of Tasmania. After retirement, she enrolled in printmaking at the Tasmanian School […]

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Close and Personal with Michael Blake

By Stephanie Eslake   Are you a young Tasmanian who enjoys short story writing? Perhaps you’re looking to build on our last Twitch short story event with Adam Ouston, or to hear a fresh perspective from another talented writer? Michael Blake will host the next Twitch Tuesdays workshop, coming up on October 18. The Tasmanian writer’s stories and […]

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Close and Personal with Chris Wallace-Crabbe

By Stephanie Eslake   Chris Wallace–Crabbe AM describes himself as “an acute noticer”. And it’s this skill of observation that he has turned into an artform, offering his commentary on Australian life through his highly acclaimed works of poetry. Chris has an international reputation as one of our nation’s leading poets. The son of a pianist […]

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Close and Personal: Heather Rose

Last month saw the launch of the latest novel by Tasmanian writer Heather Rose. The Museum of Modern Love is one of our Recommended Reads for September, and there’s a chance to win a copy in our monthly competition, so head on over for a look. We are delighted that Heather was able to take time […]

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Close and Personal with Adam Ouston

By Stephanie Eslake   Hobart writer Adam Oustan knows a thing or two about short stories. His work has appeared in publications such as The Canary Press, Southerly, Island Magazine, Voiceworks, Crikey, The Lifted Brow, The Review of Australian Fiction, and the 2014 Transportation anthology. Adam is the recipient of the 2014 Erica Bell Literary […]

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Close and Personal with Jane Godwin

By Stephanie Eslake   Jane Godwin never quite grew out of children’s books. The Melbourne author has forged a career in writing for children of all ages, and since having produced more than 20 books in a range of formats from picture books for young kids to novels for the heavier readers. Jane will present two […]

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Anne Morgan on the impact of children’s books

By Stephanie Eslake   Are kids reading enough these days, or are they spending too much time in front of the screen? A recent report from Scholastic showed encouraging results – more than half of kids aged 6-17 like reading books for fun, or at least think it’s important. Even more (86 per cent) enjoy […]

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Blurring the lines with Omar Musa

By Stephanie Eslake   It’s no exaggeration to say Omar Musa is one of the coolest poets of his generation. The Malaysian-Australian artist blurs the lines between rap and poetry, having written two books and released three hip-hop albums. This month he returns to Tasmania, tutoring Year 9 students at The Friends School before he […]

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Sharing your opinion with Van Badham

By Stephanie Eslake   Have you ever felt moved by an issue and wanted to share your opinion with hundreds, even thousands of readers? Van Badham has. The columnist shares her views on social, political, and environmental issues through Guardian Australia and is heading to Tasmania this month to show us how it’s done in […]

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