Sunday, 31 August 2014

Independent Publishing: Where Next?

By Emily Tatti

When I studied creative writing, my teachers all said the same thing: given the choice, they would prefer to sign with an independent publisher, even if it wasn’t the most lucrative option. Why?

An Audience with Sir Salman Rushdie

By Jacqueline Lademann

In October this year Sir Salman Rushdie will be awarded the Pen Pinter Prize, given each year to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon the world, and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies’.

Masterclass: Writing Wicked Characters

By Caroline Petit

Alissa Nutting is a charming American writer whose debut novel Tampa tells the story of 26-year-old Celeste Price, a beautiful wicked teacher who seduces one of her grade eight boys. Tampa is funny, provocative and wonderfully written, breaking all the rules about what women should be writing.

Pathways to Publication

By Liz McShane

Trying to crack the writing industry, but don’t know where to start? 'Pathways to Publication' was crammed with advice for writers on the make. Chaired by Mary Masters, General Manager of the Small Press Network and chair of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, the session was divided into three parts: meet the critics, meet the editors and meet the publishers. Here are a few highlights from the session.

Sian Prior: Shy

By Diana Gaba

In this session Sian Prior explored the complexity of shyness. We the audience were given a chance to delve into her reality and by the time it all wrapped up, we felt like we'd made a new friend.