Growing Up Disabled in Australia is a collection of true stories edited by writer and disability activist Carly Findlay. This compilation consists of non-fiction accounts from more than forty writers, including Paralympian Isis Holt, Senator Jordon Steele-John, Todd Winther, Eliza Hull and Patrick Gunsekera (among others), who discuss their experiences of growing with disabilities or chronic illnesses in Australia.
By Taylor Hay In 2012, it seemed as though you couldn’t walk past a bookshop without seeing one cover in particular – a shiny bright blue paperback with clouds on it. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Needless to say, it was a big deal. The book (TFIOS) was wildly successful, and people … Continue reading Diagnosis: Bandwagon Syndrome
Smart Ovens for Lonely People is an anthology of 20 short stories. Published in June 2020, it is Elizabeth Tan’s second book. This is a contemporary work that draws from trends, issues and themes in today’s society, including the growing global discussion of the sensory phenomenon known as ASMR, of suicide and of technologically utopian futures. However, each story – some seemingly frivolous and random – work as a commentary on a deeper level.
With the publication date for This is Us Now coming up fast, the GSP editorial team sat down with first-time author Jacinta Dietrich to ask her about her creative process and the inspiration behind her stunning debut.
It's no surprise that the publishing industry has a diversity problem. Most media industries do. But, unlike the film and television industry, we have not seen any progress globally.
Come, A Memoir is the debut memoir by Rita Therese, who introduces us to the intricacies of her life as a sex worker in Australia. Her story is interwoven with memorable and touching recounts of her attempts to cope with trauma as she navigates her body, the city and her newly independent life.
Environmental sustainability is fast becoming a key pillar in all industries as we rapidly decline our natural resources, and the publishing industry is no exception. I could give you statistics on the decline in rainfall and increase in extreme weather patterns, but it frames a rather morbid and parched read. However, with some research, I found the debate between paper and digital perfectly outlined the strides the publishing industry is making for environmental sustainability.
If there’s one thing I respect from an author, it’s when they know their world. When I read about the deserts of Arrakis or the seven kingdoms of Westeros, it feels like the author has actually lived there. Prolific fantasy author George R.R. Martin has a fascinating metaphor for this, suggesting that there are two types of writers: architects and gardeners. Architects meticulously plan beforehand, while gardeners plant the seed of their story and let the seasons tend to it. Yet, even Martin concedes that writing isn’t so binary, and that writers are often a mixture of both. I’ve always considered myself mostly a gardener. However, I recently decided to test my architectural mettle and build a fictional world from the ground up. In doing so, I discovered a whole new branch of writing in the digital age—the world of novel writing software. Gone are the days of J.R.R Tolkien’s drawers overflowing with maps of Middle Earth. Now the kids are using technology.
By Kenna MacTavish “Get it, you’ll love it!” was what a friend messaged me in April 2020 in response to a lockdown muttering I had about possibly downloading TikTok. Fast-forward a year and I do, indeed, love it. The fact that I currently fill up with my days researching social media platforms and books meant … Continue reading What TikTok has taught me about book culture, as a researcher of book culture
chai half full by Aditya Sud is a short story about a couple facing the phase after the honeymoon period.