Category Archives: About the author

A couple of things before the end

As I near the end of this sad, sad year, there is light at the end of the tunnel. After writing little more than a few blog posts and short tributes to my mother and father, I managed to write … Continue reading

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Out of the starting gate

Escher jigsaw: a distraction in troubled times It has been a tumultuous start to the new year/decade, as Australia suffers through an unparalleled bushfire crisis, the fate of entire communities–human and animal–subject to the vagaries of a sudden wind change, … Continue reading

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Kill your darlings

In the lead up to the crime writing workshop that I’m giving this weekend in Castlemaine, I did the following Q&A with Writers Victoria, reproduced here with permission. By: Angela Savage interviewed by Nicola Wetzel For Angela Savage, great crime … Continue reading

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Mouth piece

I was asked to contribute to a piece for Sunday Life Magazine in which three writers tell of the parts of their bodies that consume their attention. I was tempted to write about my feet, but Fay Weldon beat me to … Continue reading

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Paint the Town READ: 20th AIDS Conference

I’m thrilled to have been invited by Melbourne Library Service to be part of ‘Paint the Town READ, a cultural program to coincide with Melbourne’s hosting of the 20th International AIDS Conference. From Sunday 20 July to Friday 25 July at venues … Continue reading

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My friend, my cousin

Ten years ago, my friend Mary Latham and I were talking about places we’d travelled overseas, and she mentioned Ireland. I asked her where in Ireland she’d visited. She listed several places, then added, ‘Oh, and I went to this … Continue reading

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Writers ask writers #1

The following post first appeared on The Crayon Files, the blog of my friend, fellow author and Thai-phile Caron Eastgate Dann. Caron is a former journalist and it shows in the interesting questions she put to me. I’ve always wondered why … Continue reading

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The Melbourne Quiz

The decision by Fairfax to close its monthly glossy supplement to The Age, the (melbourne) magazine, might signal the end of my ambition to guest appear in its (melbourne) quiz. But there’s always this blog: behold the responses I would’ve given, … Continue reading

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Fan mail

This week I received fan mail from Austria via my publisher. Real mail. A hand-made card in an envelop, the message inside written in ink, complete with quote from Emily Dickinson. The sender, Ms Theresia Raditschnigg, asked for my autograph … Continue reading

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A Hemingway-esque short story

Legend has it Ernest Hemingway once won a bet by writing a story in just six words. “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Whether true or part of the myth surrounding the twentieth century American writer, the anecdote illustrates how much … Continue reading

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