Category: Interviews

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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The complexities of character with Lauren Daniels

By Stephanie Eslake   According to published writer and editor Lauren Daniels, a powerful character can reflect “the deepest themes of humanity”. Whether you’re writing creative non-fiction or mapping out a novel, it’s important to consider the psychology behind your leading star. Lauren will visit Hobart to show us how for her June 18 workshop […]

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The three selves of Gina Mercer

By Leigh Rigozzi and Stephanie Eslake   Author and former Island editor Gina Mercer has been named the 2016 recipient of our Prince Edward Island residency program, and it’ll see her work on a collection of eco-poetry and interviews all around the theme of water. Gina has spent three decades teaching creative writing and literature […]

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Tansy Rayner Roberts

Tansy Rayner Roberts is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and pop culture critique. She is the author of Splashdance Silver, the Creature Court trilogy, and Love and Romanpunk among other novels. She also writes Tasmanian-based crime fiction under the name Livia Day including the novels A Trifle Dead and Drowned Vanilla. Recent published works include “Fake Geek Girl” in Australian […]

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Terry Whitebeach

Terry Whitebeach has been teaching creative writing for over three decades in schools, tertiary institutions and communities in all states of Australia and in the USA. Her published work includes poetry, novels, biography, children’s picture books, radio plays, essays and reviews. She has a BA in English Literature and Philosophy, MA in English Literature and Creative Writing […]

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Mark Dapin

Mark Dapin doesn’t waste a second. One page into his debut novel King of the Cross and I’m thrown into an uncomfortable interview with a multi-million dollar gangster. His writing packs a potent punch. Abrupt and energetic, Dapin crafts scenes that bounce out from the pages. It is clear that Dapin writes for the reader; […]

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Lyn Reeves

Lyn Reeves is a poet, fiction writer, editor and mentor. Her sixth and most recent poetry collection, Designs on the Body, (Interactive Press, 2011) won the IP Picks Best Poetry Award in 2010. From 1994 to 2012, Lyn was an associate editor for the literary journal Famous Reporter. She has guest-edited poetry for several poetry […]

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Julie Hunt

Julie Hunt creates stories for children of all ages. Her picture book, The Coat (illustrated by Ron Books), won the Children’s Book Council of Australia Award in 2013 and her debut novel, Song for a Scarlet Runner (2013), won the inaugural Readings Children’s Book Prize was shortlisted for the CBCA Award for Younger Readers, the […]

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Robyn Friend

Robyn Friend has more than 30 years experience working with writers at all levels and across all genres. Her own published works include fiction, faction, articles essays and reviews. Her first short stories appeared in the late 70s and early 80s in The Canberra Times, Nation Review, Overland, Island, Inprint and various other newspapers and journals. A […]

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