Writing podcasts

28 September 2012 / 3 comments
As I mentioned in a recent post, I have discovered the wonderful world of podcasts. I currently subscribe to BBC Radio 4 Bookclub and Books and Authors, Radio National's Books +, The Guardian's Books podcasts, The Naked Book and The Writing University (from the University of Iowa).  It's becoming my own audio learning centre where I get to listen to the world's best authors and industry professionals talking about writing and publishing (and I can listen while I'm walking the dog, or weeding the garden). Here is a list of the most inspiring literary podcasts I have discovered ... and I will be adding to it over time ...

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Writers' notes

24 September 2012 / 4 comments

Recently the National Library of Australia contacted me to see if I would be happy for this blog to be archived on the PANDORA Web Archive. National and State libraries have rich collections of letters, writer’s notebooks, diaries and manuscript drafts. Exhibitions are sometimes toured so that the public gets to see these papers, such as the Patrick White collection from the National Library of Australia.  These collections are important for researchers and the public to gain a better insight into their literary heroes. Check out the list of Peter Carey’s papers here for an example … 

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Giving up

4 September 2012 / 4 comments
I recently pledged to read one indie book a month. I loved the first book I discovered (I hate Martin Amis et. al. by Peter Barry), but unfortunately I haven't been able to connect with the second one. I don't care for the main character or the journey that they are on. I couldn't care a bit. So, after numerous attempts, I am giving up around page 60.

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