Archive for October, 2016

FILM NOIR is one of my favourite genres, so I found this article very interesting:

“Why The Girl on the Train heralds the return of the Hitchcockian thriller” 



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Such a familiar childhood… Congratulations, Louise.

Write Note Reviews

In the lead up to the launch of Serenity Press’s upcoming Writing the Dream anthology (available for pre-order here), I’ll be sharing guest posts from some of the contributors. Thanks to Louise Allan for this short and sweet post. Louise is a Perth writer whose first novel will be published in September 2017 by Allen and Unwin. It was shortlisted for the 2014 City of Fremantle-TAG Hungerford Award and prior to that, she was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship to work on it. You can read more of Louise’s writing on her blog, or catch up with her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

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When I was a kid, we seemed to have days and days with no commitments and nothing to do. Weekend sport hadn’t been invented, and homework could be dashed off in milliseconds, so there was plenty of time for reading and playing.

I read a…

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Making up…


So what colour should love be

on the face we show the world?


Is fear the white make-up base?

The veil clothing us in past experiences,

keeping them close in our minds?


Do blue brows give early warning

above our windows to the soul –

predicting a cautious tale of woe?


The vehicle of words which wound

wears lipstick red – do they reveal

blood spilt in misunderstanding?


When make-up is removed

will it wash away fears, expose

the truth – leave us naked?


Are we all clowns, underneath?


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2011

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Ava’s poem reminded me of one of mine: ‘Wardrobe Mistress’.

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feeling 107. — AVA.

via feeling 107. — AVA.

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Liz Byrski

I’m really looking forward to celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Fremantle Press at the Great Big Book Club High Tea. It’s going to be a terrific afternoon of celebrations at The Fremantle Esplanade on Sunday 16th October. For me it’s a chance to catch up with fellow writers whom I haven’t seen for ages, and hopefully to meet lots of readers.

The Big Book Club event is already sold old, but there is another terrific event in store a few weeks later on Wednesday 2nd November. It’s the celebration to announce the winner of the 2016 City of Fremantle TAG Hungerford Award. The award celebrates the life and work of much loved WA writer, the late Tom Hungerford, with a prize of $12,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

I am pleased to be doing a reading along with other Fremantle Press authors such as Kim…

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New edition of Elemental

Congratulations, Amanda.

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UWA Publishing is releasing a new edition of Elemental for the Australia/New Zealand territory, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. It’s a new size and a new price—with a new cover, too. I confess I will miss the original image of my wee reid-heid, with her arresting stare, but I love this new, atmospheric vision for the novel…

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I’m told the new edition will be in stores on 1 December but is available for ordering via the UWA Publishing website next week.

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End of September


What can you say when it hurts too much to write;
when pain fills your veins and hands hold your face.
Falling…from a safety net, to the cold hard ground.
You are my rock, my shelter, my safe place to land.


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