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The Meddler

Hmmm… I’ll probably see myself in this – shame I don’t look like Susan!

Film Mafia

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Lorene Scafaria’s portrait of a middle-aged woman and her adult daughter a year after mom’s husband has passed away may be autobiographical (with Scafaria being the daughter), or at least inspired by Scafaria’s true story, but it’s nevertheless riddled with cliché and trite situations that are very difficult to swallow.

Susan Sarandon plays the mom, and Rose Byrne plays the daughter, and they’re the two reasons to see the movie. They’re both great and the scenes they share are emotionally connected and true (there aren’t enough of them, unfortunately, but that’s the essential nature of the story – the mom has to learn to live outside of her daughter’s pocket). But Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) looks strained and embarrassed – hiding behind a bushy mustache – as a stereotypically too-good-to-be-true love interest for Sarandon; their sub-plot is treacly, ludicrous and cringe-worthy. Wait’ll you hear the 70s…

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1974: When we were young…

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“Children need art & stories & poems and music, as much as they need love…”

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

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Wise words from Philip Pullman, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005:

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.

But if you don’t give a child art and stories and poems and music, the damage is not so easy to see. It’s there, though. Their bodies are healthy enough; they can run and jump and swim and eat hungrily and make lots of noise, as children have always done, but something is missing.

It’s true that some people grow up never encountering…

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We’ll have to watch this!

The Fluff Is Raging

Warner Bros. is obviously where Ben Affleck is happiest.

The Accountant looks to be a solid thriller with an interesting premise.

My thoughts on the trailer:

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Wise and helpful advice.

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

34d4f71fc9ac164fd6af6bc5770ca7e4Lots of people can write. Lots of people can (and do!) query their writing. But what does that group of people who get published do differently? Other than persistence, here are my FIVE SECRETS to set you apart from the pack–and join your peers getting published!

1. NETWORK

Notice I didn’t say “develop a platform” which is a plus, but isn’t going to score you a book deal by itself. By network I mean:

  • Join a critique group
  • Join a writing association (ITW, RWA, WFWA etc.)
  • Spend time on one social media site that suits your interests and personality (choose one! you don’t have to do it all) and build a community
  • Engage with other writers who have agents and if you become friends and have similar writing style ask for a referral to their agent

2. KNOW YOUR BRAND, HAVE A PLAN

I get it, I do; you writers are creative people…

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An important message.

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A few months ago I was invited by Cafe Dissensus to guest edit a special issue on Female Genital Mutilation in India. A topic close to my heart, for reasons that will become evident when you read the editorial here and the other stories in this issue. The extraordinary transformative power of grief in the shared narratives of over a dozen women from all walks of life and all corners of the world, stunned me. Naturally stories like these cannot be told without a backlash. The Facebook page dedicated to ending the practice of mutilating young girls has been attacked by those who perceive their control is slipping. Men and women whose only recourse seems to be heckling, post daily diatribes against the women who have taken on legal and religious establishments in India in a bid to end this horrendous practice. Australia, U.K, Canada and the U.S.A have legislation…

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Worth a visit!

Liz Byrski

I’m really looking forward to participating in this year’s  Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival  on the long weekend in June. I’ll be in 2 events on Friday and 1 on Saturday, as well as being involved in the Write Advice Curtin Writing and Publishing Flash Mob, also on the Saturday.

On Friday morning I’ll be talking with Chinese poet, essayist and translator, Huiyi Bao, about her book of essays on Irish culture as well as her research into religious poetry. She’ll read some of her poems, talk about her translations of the work of Margaret Attwood and Elizabeth Bishop, and how her book has become a best-seller in mainland China.

Later that day I’ll be talking with Rosemary Sayer about my book In Love and War: Nursing Heroes. Rosemary and I were part of a really enjoyable conversation at the Perth Writers Festival and I’m looking forward…

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