Queensland Literary Awards 2017 Fiction Winner: The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley

The Queensland Literary Awards ceremony was hosted by the State Library of Queensland on 4 October. I am absolutely thrilled that Melissa Ashley has been awarded The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award for her novel The Birdman's Wife, published by Affirm Press. So well deserved!   About The Birdman's Wife: Inspired by a letter found tucked inside … Continue reading Queensland Literary Awards 2017 Fiction Winner: The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley

New Release Book Review: Drawing Sybylla by Odette Kelada

Drawing Sybylla... About: Winner of the 2016 Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript, Drawing Sybylla is a novel about the challenges women writers have faced in pursuing the writing life. On stage, a woman named Sybil Jones is making a speech. She is talking about the significance of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story ‘The … Continue reading New Release Book Review: Drawing Sybylla by Odette Kelada

Novel to Film Review: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Brooklyn... About the Novel: Young Eilis Lacey dreams of life beyond the confines of her tiny Irish village, but unlike her beautiful sister, Rose, Eilis' gifts are of a more practical nature: she has a head for numbers, and is a loving and dutiful daughter. Yet her ambition cannot be hidden and soon is noted … Continue reading Novel to Film Review: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín