One Week at Varuna

Here’s a test. Ask anyone involved in any Australian literary circle to name a writers retreat. Chances are, they’ll say ‘Varuna’. Google’s algorithms agree – if you type into its search field ‘Writers retreat Australia’, the website for Varuna comes up as its top listing. So just how has Varuna earned its stellar reputation and […]

Nightmares and Dreamscapes

In sitting down to write her first book, Kathryn Barker decided to write about something that really scared her. And as a mother, what scared her more than anything was the phenomenon of mass school shootings. Her novel In the Skin of a Monster begins three years after a school shooting in a fictional rural […]

The Art of Literary Translation

There is a wealth of literature out there that we will only ever get to read a fraction of. Time is certainly an impediment. There’s also lack of access. But a big part of it is that they’re written in languages we don’t understand. Helping to address this are the literary translators of the world, […]

The business of freelancing

The story of how Tim Richards came to be a freelance travel writer goes like this. He was working regular office job for the internet company LookSmart writing content. It was 2003, the year before Facebook started and the year Google launched Google Books. Redundancies were on the verge of sweeping through his company, so […]

The imperfect murder

The old adage has it that truth is stranger than fiction. It could be argued that nowhere is this truer than in crime fiction. At first glance it might seem like this proposition couldn’t possibly hold water. Many of the events that happen in crime fiction are easily out of the ordinary for the average […]