This article almost didn’t happen. The initial brief was simple: write a story about an issue affecting young people. My mind swam with ideas—the housing market, climate change, an acquaintance of mine who recently joined a cult. Yet every time I sat down to write, I couldn’t. I would sit and stare, then despair, and … Continue reading Like Drawing Blood: Writing in 2019
‘Abbu, I saw a counsellor today,’ I said, clutching the corner of the kitchen counter top. I waited for my dad’s response, feeling a little too hopeful. How could I think telling my dad I was having mental health issues would evoke the sensitivity I deserve? It was nothing against him personally, he is my … Continue reading Unmuting Mental Health: Breaking the Taboo at Home
The Grattan Street Press was excited to hear of Vicki Laveau-Harvie's novel, The Erratics, winning the 2019 Stella Prize. Our own Meg Kerr attended the Wheeler Centre's event to discuss the novel, and the prize, with the author.
Last year, author Robert Hassan gave up his connection to social media and embarked on a journey to find himself. He shares that journey in his new memoir.
“I had that moment that Harry has in the story, really kind of standing at the bottom of these mountains and just looking up and not believing they’re real.” The release of Seth Robinson's debut novel Welcome to Bellevue is just around the corner! With the final touches being put on the ebook, we sat down with … Continue reading ‘Standing at the bottom of these mountains and just looking up’: an interview with Seth Robinson
“Welcome to Bellevue, where the mountains meet the sea…” Harry awakes on a ferry with no memory of how he came to be there. The boat is bound for Bellevue, a place he has never heard of. When he goes ashore, his attempts to leave are thwarted. Feeling trapped and alone, Harry gradually gets to … Continue reading Where the mountains meet the sea: Excerpt from chapter two of Welcome to Bellevue
‘You’re a millennial too, you know.’ When I was complaining, as many do, about the millennial generation and their flagrant use of technology, their vapid taste in music and general outlook on life, my sister – who is eight years older than me – informed me that I, too, was a millennial. Believing that my … Continue reading Reluctant Millennials and the Generation Wars
By David McVey Libraries. We all love them. You can read books, consult books, borrow books or simply breathe in the atmosphere of books. You can work, study, research, use the wifi and, these days, relax in the café. What would we do without them? Much has been written, and rightly so, about the vital … Continue reading Working in the Library
This year we discovered that the Millennial generation is actually a lot larger than we originally thought - with the oldest now in their late 30s. This has brought a rush of new contributions, including this piece from an older Millennial dad who had a lesson in mindfulness after getting too competitive in his first … Continue reading Corpse Pose: Finding my Zen at the Yoga Studio
The publication date for Seth Robinson’s upcoming mystery-thriller Welcome to Bellevue’s is just around the corner! As we work towards finishing off the final touches of the book, we had a chance to chat with Seth to hear about his writing process. We’re also thrilled to be able to give readers some new information about Welcome … Continue reading Seth Robinson answers our questions and teases upcoming novel Welcome to Bellevue
‘This is the last year.’ My Pa says the same thing every year, pulling on his cracked old work boots and getting ready for another day running his small farm on the outskirts of Dubbo, NSW. Even at 80 years old, he hasn’t given up the family tradition of being a fruit farmer, not even … Continue reading A Life of Drought
By Isla Sutherland Gabrielle Ashton is a 22-year-old television producer and law student. She is also making significant waves in the self-published literary romance scene, having made over $10,000 and had almost one million page reads since her debut in June this year. I spoke to Ashton about her experience turning her hobby into a … Continue reading From Bad Romance to Good: a Look at Self-publishing and Romance Ebooks
By Claire Parnell The culture versus commerce debate has plagued book publishing for long enough. Publishing is cultural institution. It’s also a business. With skim financial margins and incredibly competitive arts funding, some writers and publishers are looking to crowdfunding platforms as a means of earning money for their creative projects. Kickstarter is a global … Continue reading Using Creativity, Connectivity and Kickstarter to Crowdfund Book Publishing
Moving back to Melbourne, Avery didn't know how hard it would be to find a home ... The first house is on the edge of Thornbury and Northcote. The driveway pulls out onto a busy road. I know where the house is, when I first move in, because there’s a graffitied mattress across the street. … Continue reading Renting