The Trillion Pearl Choker

My story The Trillion Pearl Choker has been published in the Elemental edition of Sydney University’s Southerly Journal.

“The Land of Parrots had had it coming for a long time, people said….

As with many seismic changes the rumbles barely registered at first.”

 

‘Elemental is concerned with our experience of the elements in an era of climate change. The four elements of classical thought (earth, fire, water, air) align with what we now call four states of matter and hence to what is termed the “material turn” in contemporary debates in the humanities. This material turn seeks new ways of understanding the physical world and is motivated by the urgency of shared vulnerability on the planet.

In Australia this experience of extreme weather, including floods and fires, embroils the entire ecosystem including literary ecologies. This issue considers a range of Australian writers who address the modern experience of the elements in their volatility and magnificence, raising questions, recording and responding to the matter as the matter at hand.’

Must Australia Always Be Imaginary?

Must Australia Always Be Imaginary: Cartography as Creation in Peter Carey’s ‘Do You Love Me?’ My first academic journal article, drawn from research for my exegesis, published in the June 2015 edition of Antipodes: A global journal of Australian/NZ literature.

 

A Short History of Richard Kline – Amanda Lohrey’s new novel

I will be talking with acclaimed Australian novelist Amanda Lohrey at Gleebooks on March 25 about her wonderful new novel A Short History of Richard Kline.

 

“I woke with a gasp. And lay in the dark, open-mouthed, holding my breath. That feeling . . . that feeling was indescribable. For a moment I had felt as if I were falling . . . falling into bliss.”

All his life, Richard Kline has been haunted by a sense that something is lacking. He envies the ease with which others slip into contented suburban life or the pursuit of wealth. As he moves into middle age, Richard grows angry, cynical, depressed.

But then a strange event, a profound epiphany, awakens him to a different way of life.

Australia’s Future Submarine – Sydney Mechanics School of Arts

My submarine talk has been rescheduled, for Tuesday, 17 March 2015, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Australian writers pick the best books of 2014

I had zero expectations of finding When We Have Wings on this list, as it was published in 2011. So many thanks to Lisa Jacobson for not only choosing the book as her highlight of the year but for going against the trend that sees books having a shorter shelf life than yogurt.

‘Highlight of the year: Claire Corbett’s speculative novel, When We Have Wings (Allen & Unwin), which somehow flew under the literary radar despite its 2012 shortlistings. Corbett creates a dazzling world where the wealthy soar on lavish wings while those less fortunate dwell wingless below.’ – Lisa Jacobson