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…

Alice and Play in Australian Art and Japanese shōjo Culture

This peer-reviewed academic article appeared in the July 2016 special issue of the International Journal of Play themed ‘Histories of Play’. Alice in transnational perspective and through the history of replication: an exploration of adult play in Australian art and Japanese shōjo culture Abstract From her nineteenth century origins in a text which satirised the university milieu of Oxford,…

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…

Tincture Journal Online: Last Night in Tokyo

This short story is now available to read online via Tincture Journal‘s website. Last Night in Tokyo “What’s that noise?” “An alarm.” “An alarm?” “Well yes I assume so.” “So there’ll be someone here soon then.” “Maybe, maybe not.” “But there’s an alarm.” “So?” “So… people. The alarm will… raise the alarm. You know; someone…