I was going to be a writer when I grew up. That belief forged my identity from the age of six, when I won the Keilor City Library short story competition with a priggish moral tale called ‘The Rabbit Who Loved Smoking’.
Author Anne-Louise Willoughby has spent the past few months speaking at some of Australia’s most prestigious galleries, museums and memorials after the publication of her biography of Australia’s first female official war artist, Nora Heysen: A Portrait, and her event schedule shows no signs of thinning out.
Out of Time by Steve Hawke is a powerful, and sometimes confronting, novel that explores ageing, mental illness and what a diagnosis – or impending diagnosis – can mean for the sufferer, their family and friends.
Fiona Burrows might have only recently released her debut picture book as both author and illustrator, Violet and Nothing, earlier this year, but she’s been writing and drawing since she was in school.
Julia Lawrinson’s new novel, Maddie in the Middle, is the story of schoolgirl friendships, peer pressure and the notion of right and wrong. When Maddie makes friends with new girl Samara, she finds herself stealing chocolate to raise money to help Samara’s family. But when they get caught, Maddie ends up taking the blame. Did Maddie do the wrong thing, even if it was for the right reasons?