Thoughts on 'The Revenant Past'

I’m sitting on a bench under a grand old maple tree, its bright green leaves almost transparent in the sunshine, surrounded by lush lawns, neatly trimmed and carpeted in daisies. The remnants of grand buildings around me are literally scarred by the stories of time through which they have endured, histories both tragic and hopeful. […]

Author Q&A with Doug Hendrie

Is the world becoming a homogenous cultural soup? One young Australian writer sought the answers in Asia and Africa. What he found was far stranger – a series of possible hybrid futures emerging, built on global and the local. From punk rock to scammer flicks, hardcore gamers to gay power, find out what the […]

Stephen Fry on the Topic of Evolving Language

I recently learned about Kinetic Typography at a Professional Learning workshop and, aside from anything else, loved Stephen Fry’s “rant” on pedants and the evolving English language. Reminds me that Shakespeare invented (read: made up) over a thousand words which we now consider very much part of the English language. (Kinetic Typography is a software […]

Guest Post: Mary-Rose MacColl and Ego In Falling Snow

[Australian edition | UK edition | North American edition]

I am delighted to have Australian author Mary-Rose MacColl on my blog today to discuss the issue of the writer’s ego. Welcome Mary-Rose!


Ego In Falling Snow

I have a book out this month, In Falling Snow, and I’ve been indulging both sides […]

When film adaptations spoil the novel

I have just learned about a new film adaptation of one of my favourite books, Under the Skin by Michel Faber, a Scottish-Australian writer.

The film stars Scarlett Johansson and is “loosely based” on the book. Directed by Jonathan Glazer (Birth, Sexy Beast), it seems to be receiving very mixed reviews – the UK’s […]

Ender's Game Debate

Today on Q on CBC Radio One, this came up (and I’m quoting from the website, because it’s easier that way):

Beloved sci-fi novel Ender’s Game will be hitting the big screen this fall, but Geeks OUT! writer Jono Jarrett is urging fans to boycott the film.

The novel’s author, Orson Scott Card, is […]

Armchair BEA - Day 6: Sunday Wrap-Up


On this final day, we encourage you to wrap-up the week with your favorites and highlights of the week. Did you learn something new? Did you connect with a new-to-you blogger? What was your favorite discussion topic? Do you have ideas for future years? You can write your own blog post and link […]

Armchair BEA - Day 5: Children's & Young Adult Literature

Children’s/Young Adult Literature

Our final genre focuses on the younger crowd: children’s picture books and young adult literature and everything in between. What are the top 5 (or more) books that every child should have on his shelf? If you are an adult who reads YA, why do you keep going back for more? […]