Technically Human: Briohny Doyle’s The Island Will Sink

This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge Briohny Doyle’s debut novel The Island Will Sink – published by Melbourne literary journal The Lifted Brow – opens on a pitch-black page emblazoned with the block-white lettering ‘ESTABLISHING SHOT’. Turning to the opening chapter, a television screen splutters to life to inform our waking protagonist – immersive environmental disaster…

Mourning and Melancholy in Melbourne: Myfanwy Jones’ Leap

This review is part of the AWW2017 Challenge In the opening pages of Myfanwy Jones’ Leap, an unnamed young woman with cropped black hair – ‘ruffled and glossy – an animal’s pelt rippling to be touched’ – appears on Joe’s doorstep inquiring about a room to rent. She arrives while Joe’s roommates, Sanjay and Jack, are out,…

Horror Show: My Story

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. Horror Show: My Story Growing up in Perth, one of my favourite times of year was when the Royal Show came to town. Traditionally a time for farmers to meet and sell their wares and animals, the Show has since evolved into a week-long carnival where city-folk…

Reading in the New Year

Since 2012, Lizzy Chandler has lead the Australian Women Writers Challenge. A response to a Bookseller & Publisher survey re-published in Crikey that suggested that men authors were more likely than women authors to have their books reviewed in influential newspapers, magazines and literary journals, the AWW Challenge is a growing community of readers, writers, and reviewers working to…

An Eye For An Eye: My Uncle’s Story

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. An Eye For An Eye: My Uncle’s Story Across my uncle’s three-decade career as an academic, he has supervised many a graduate student. Some of these students he has kept in touch with after they have graduated and gone on to do other things. Sometimes these students…

Better Than Chocolates

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. Better Than Chocolates Just a short post from me today. Last year my uncle headed over to San Francisco for work and opted to stay in a small B&B-style place at the Grant St entrance to Chinatown. His email to me from his trip reads: “Each night…

Mikri or: How My Mother Learned to Like Cats

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. Mikri or: How My Mother Learned to Like Cats My mother never really liked cats. She would never have said that she hated them, but – being a dog person – she would turn her nose up at even the idea or mention of a feline. It…

An Australian Diner in Paris: My Mother’s Story

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. An Australian Diner in Paris: My Mother’s Story While my mother’s approach to travel was an open-ended one-way trip to London, my uncle’s was to remain based in Perth – where he was gainfully employed as an academic – and take short trips to new destinations each…

Walking the Great Wall: My Uncle’s Story

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. Walking the Great Wall: My Uncle’s Story When China opened its borders to the west in the early 1980s, my uncle packed his bags and headed over. Now a somewhat older and more experienced traveler, he delighted in the oddity he presented to the locals as a foreigner.…

Once Upon A Time In Munich: My Mother’s Story

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. Once Upon A Time In Munich: My Mother’s Story As a 1970s traveller, my mother spent most of her time in campsites around Europe, and a combi van was her and her friends’ preferred mode of transport. This sounds like it would have been all very fun…