> I spoke with my friend Daniela Cascella about LETTER. She misread a few things and I couldn’t be more delighted. Read (or misread) it here: Spirit Training
> The book is finding its way around the world
> I interviewed Knox Bertie – his photograph is on the cover of LETTER
> LETTER was published
> I spoke at Paperback Bookshop in Melbourne
> I had a launch at Better Read Than Dead in Newtown
> Book arrived at my place at 6.35am a week and a half ago
> I gave a copy to my grandmother, inscribed it, on the page before the dedication to her son
> Book has its first review – in Issue 97 of The Collagist
> Readers are reading book
> Thx to Knox Bertie for the cover image
> Thx to Wendy for cover design
> Cover is out there
> Release date is locked in
> Book has been printed
> Hard work is done
> I’m talking about Letter and 3:AM and other things at The Paperback Bookshop in Melbourne on August 8 and I’m looking forward to the time I’ll spend with Anna MacDonald like little else. If you’re in town on that evening, come along to hear Anna be super articulate and thoughtful and me ramble and forget what I’m saying and read about the dead man.
With gratitude to my Transmission Press family.
My essay Impossible Friends has been published by the good folk at Meanjin. I use the essay to tell the stories of four writers: Kyle Coma-Thompson, Aashish Kaul, Saudamini Deo and Daniela Cascella. They are each smart and talented and good people who I only know because I write and they write and while that’s still a weird thing to me I’m very grateful to know each of them.
Big thanks to Brendan for giving me the freedom to write this piece.
I had the great pleasure of reviewing Border Districts, Gerald Murnane’s latest and last novel, for the new online review and small press Splice.
Thinking this’ll be my last piece on Murnane…
Big thanks to Daniel for his keen editorial guidance.
My good and smart buddy Saudamini Deo has interviewed me for RIC Journal. I thought I was there to talk about my forthcoming collection, Letter to the Author of the Letter to the Father. She wanted to talk about my other book, The Book About the Dead Man.
The Dead Man.
The Dead Man.
The Dead Man.
Thanks and ❤ to S for the early morning creative stimulation. Thinking I should actually write this book now…
I wrote a piece for the Paris Review called Scenes from Gerald Murnane’s Golf Club – on the Murnane symposium last December, organised by Western Sydney University. Symposiums aren’t typical PR fodder, but this one was at a tiny golf club in Murnane’s country home-town, and was both a celebration of the writer and, quite possibly, a goodbye of sorts. In case it’s not clear in the piece, it was a surreal and fun day which was only one part of an amazing trip that included hanging out at the pub in Natimuk with writers I’ve long admired, then spending the next morning with Alexis Wright.
If you’re planning a bush symposium, sign me up.
With thanks to Nick from Giramondo, Andre for the photo and Nadja for humouring me.