Here’s the link to my new essay on my adventures in sport and yoga, published online in the latest issue of Griffith REVIEW 53 “Our Sporting Life”.
The motto works for writing too by the way 🙂
Back home from Sydney where the kids and I had a marvelous time. Lots of touristy adventures like Luna Park and the zoo, Bondi Beach in the freezing cold and rain, lots of eating out and best of all reconnecting with some dear friends.
The launch itself at Better Read than Dead in Newtown was fantastic. Smaller and more relaxed than the Brisbane extravaganza, well all had a ball.
Here are a few highlights.
Karen Ferris, and all the gang at Better Read, made us feel very welcome and gave us a lovely space and lots of food and drink to celebrate Thrill Seekers.
Karen started the official launch ball rolling .
Patrick Shepherdson, crime prevention researcher, expert, and long time friend (inspiration for one of the characters in Thrill Seekers!), spoke next about our shared wild adolescence, mental health, youth and crime and the little things we can do to help those who are falling through the cracks. He was great!
Julianne Schultz spoke next and officially launched the book. Griffith REVIEW has been a wonderful supporter of my work. I won their award for emerging writers back in 2008 and it was an absolute honour to have Julianne with us on the night.
Then it was my turn.
My children very kindly dragged themselves away from Better Read’s YA section to record my reading. So for those of you who missed it, here’s a wobbly video of me reading an extract from Thrill Seekers, “Mates and Mushrooms”.
It was a wonderful night. I met lots of new friends and sold books too. For other authors out there, I highly recommend Better Read than Dead for your next launch. It was lots of fun and very easy too. Thanks Karen!
Now I’m back to the real world of school lunches and housework that never seems done and trying to get back into writing the next draft of “Into The Fire”, a domestic drama set among the sugarcane fields of Far North Queensland in the late 1960s. But first I’d better clean my desk.
Yes, I know I’m being greedy having two launches but I liked the first one so much I thought I’d do it again, this time in Sydney.
So, if you’re down south, put Tuesday the 3rd July in your diary. I’d love to see you. The wonderful people at Better Read than Dead in Newtown are hosting the event. I really appreciate their support. Independent booksellers are some of the best people in the world.
In 2008 I won the Griffith REVIEW award for most promising new writer which was a much-needed boost to my fragile writerly esteem and kept me going. They’ve published a few of my pieces, most of which were culled from earlier versions of Thrill Seekers. “The Raft”, a chapter from Thrill Seekers, “State of Emergency”, “The Heaviness of Keys” and “Busted” (0ne of my favourites!).
In my early twenties I lived in Sydney. First in Kings Cross in my wildest days, and then later in Surry Hills while I was teaching at Minda Juvenile Justice Centre where I heard some of the stories that have fed into Thrill Seekers. I’m excited about sharing this launch with my old friends who still live there and those who are coming from further afield to reconnect and celebrate.
It should be lots of fun! See you there!
This is the illustration that accompanied the excerpt of my story, “The Raft”, itself an excerpt from my forthcoming novella Thrill Seekers. It appeared in THE COURIER MAIL in early January this year.
It was drawn by the talented Jonathan Bentley. Keep an eye out for his work. I love this drawing and now have it printed out and hanging on my wall near my desk because it captures perfectly the image I had in my head while I was writing. You know your writing is working well when an artist reads your work and comes up with an image so close to the one you envisioned. Thank you Jonathan!
You can read the whole story online at http://www.griffithreview.com/edition-26-stories-for-today/236-fiction/797.html
Thanks Griffith REVIEW!
Almost at the halfway mark with the novel now. Surprised myself by doing a new personal best word count today 3 233 words! YIPPEE! The story’s getting so exciting I don’t want to stop writing, even when I know I have to pick up the kids.
Hope you all had good writing days too.
Well, the year is certainly starting with some good omens writing-wise. My story “Broken” is available online at http://www.asialiteraryreview.com/web/article/en/132>. Thanks to Chris and Tim at Asia Literary Review, a quality publication with fascinating stories, essays, poetry and reportage from our side of the world. Also exciting is the news that an excerpt from my story” The Raft” (itself an excerpt from my forthcoming novella Thrill Seekers) is going to be published in the QLD newspaper The Courier Mail tomorrow. This feels like a huge milestone for me. Some recognition in my home town. Thanks to Erica and Julianne at Griffith REVIEW for making it possible and helping me achieve a long held goal. Seems like my new year tree is flowering already. Thanks to you all for your ongoing support.
Lots of love,
I’m excited. Griffith REVIEW has just asked me to read from my story “The Raft” at their Christmas party. That’s on the 10th of December, so if you’re in Brisbane, please come along to Avid Reader book shop in West End on the night. I’d love to see you.
“The Raft” is in the latest issue of Griffith REVIEW. It’s their summer fiction special which has lots of famous writers including Frank Moorhouse, Kate Grenville, Nikki Gemmel, Rodney Hall, Will Elliot, Krissy Kneen, many others, and me! It’s a great read. I’m really enjoying dipping into it at bedtime. Love the photo essay too.
“The Raft” is an excerpt from Thrill Seekers which WILL be out in the new year, even if I have to fly over to England and print it out myself!
“The Raft” an edited excerpt from Thrill Seekers, my forthcoming novella, will be published by the wonderful Griffith REVIEW in their summer fiction special! Plenty! Life is good. Doesn’t take much to feel like a real writer – getting paid certainly helps. Thanks to Griffith REVIEW for their continuing support of my writing.