Profile: Amanda Curtin & world weaving

Profile: Amanda Curtin & world weaving

First published on Marisa Wikramanayake’s website: Amanda Curtin’s book Elemental was officially launched on May 30 in Perth. It has been available for almost two months now and I had the pleasure of interviewing her for this profile feature piece in April when I got sent a review copy in the mail. A book from … Continue reading

How to fix gender discrimination in Australia

Rob Kennedy As a writer, I stand by the motto that “words change everything,” but do they? On most subjects, they do. But to bring about real change on one of the most important issues there is, and that’s gender equality, we need more than words – we need action. Writers have written thousands of … Continue reading

Women of the World Bites – Into Me

Rob Kennedy The Women of the World (WOW) events at the 2013 Sydney Writers’ Festival, ran a session titled WOW Bites. Six women from diverse backgrounds telling a story in 10 minute bites each. I was one of the full house. The stories ranged from life as a young, female, Islamic, oil rig engineer, to … Continue reading

Spinifex Press Keeps Rolling Along

Rob Kennedy interviews Susan Hawthorne about the life and need for Spinifex Press Over 22 years ago, at the end of 1990, Susan Hawthorne and Renate Klein went on holidays to Kakadu. One afternoon they started talking about publishing, and within a short time, they decided to have a go at running their own press. … Continue reading

The Wedding Season by Su Dharmapala

The Wedding Season by Su Dharmapala

Welcome to the Mardi Gras – Sri Lankan style. This is the title of a chapter from The Wedding Season, and that’s what this book is. A Mardi Gras, a carnival of people, hilarious situations and madcap fast-paced encounters, with an ending that will sit in your memory for some time. The story is about … Continue reading