Spec Fic panel at Gloucester Writers Festival

This panel, with Rob Riel, me, Michael Pryor and Meg Mundell, was so much fun, as you can see from the photo. Judging by appreciative comments from the audience afterwards, they enjoyed it as much as we did. Thanks to Lindy Dupree for organising such a lovely and intimate festival. I felt as if Rob and Michael and Meg were instantly friends and loved meeting Lisa Heidke and Lisa Walker too. Jesse Blackadder’s talk and slideshow on Antarctica was also a highlight. Thanks everyone and especially again to Lindy and James for putting us up and looking after us.


Who would be among your top ten emerging authors? From 5th anniversary posts for Angela Meyer’s LiteraryMinded blog

“Paul Anderson asks: ‘Top ten emerging authors? (I know, contentious)’

I find this so hard to answer because I can only judge by authors I’ve read, and of course, there are so many emerging authors I haven’t read. Here’s ten authors that people really need to check out, though (and I’m taking ‘emerging’ as ‘having published [in the mainstream] three books or under’). I’ll also limit this to Aus/NZ authors:

Tom Cho, Ryan O’Neill, Josephine Rowe, Rachael King, Chris Womersley, Krissy Kneen, Claire Corbett, Lisa Lang, Amanda Curtin, Dominic Smith.

That leaves out so, so many. But you can’t go wrong if you check out the work of these authors! See this page on the ANZLitLovers blog (click through to reviews of debut novels) for more ideas. Or read the Review of Australian Fiction, which publishes an emerging writer in each issue.” – Angela Meyer

I will be checking out all those authors too. I have never read so much Australian literature in my life as I have since being published last year and it’s been wonderful. NT author Marie Munkara would be among my top ten emerging authors. And Meg Mundell.