August 23, 2019

Kate Forsyth was 'in conversation' with Robyn Cadwallader at Harry Hartog  (ANU) with her new novel The Blue Rose. As always it is fascinating to listen to the stories behind Kate's writing and a delight to be in her presence. Kate is such a generous soul, you can see...

July 18, 2019

Determined to actually read my book club title for July's after slacking a few months, I jumped into Lanny by Max Porter with no idea of the theme or mood. I was quite delighted with Lanny.

Set in the present day in a small village outside London. Told around a small b...

March 31, 2019

When I'm very busy, like in a push to finish work for an exhibition, my reading habit suffers. To tide me over I find I prefer to go back to old favourites and re-read sections of stories. Dipping in and out of a favourite tale suppresses the ravening part of my mind,...

February 3, 2019

Over Christmas I was indulged with a few titles from my reading wish list and The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry was the first to be finished. No. 5 of the Top 10 Folk Tales in Fiction Guardian article The Essex Serpent was a curious read. Illuminating about the period i...

November 29, 2018

I don't know why I waited so long to read The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. I very much enjoyed this wonderfully frosty and creepy tale. The second title of the Winternight Trilogy is on my ever growing TBR pile (though book 1 reads well as a stand alone...

October 20, 2018

I had seen the lovely cover of Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver on bookish Instagram and having enjoyed Uprooted I put it to the top of my TBR pile. When was I going to get my hands on a paper copy though? Luckily I had plans to attend a fantasy quiz at Harry Hartog...

January 3, 2018

Christmas has always been a time of permissible binge reading for me and with out fail there will be a book to unwrap. In the holiday season family seem more forgiving of my anti social behaviour as I sneak off towards the sofa to immerse myself in a new book. This yea...

August 20, 2017

While standing in the book signing queue at the National Library of Australia I managed to join another book group (as you do). Unfortunately I couldn't attend its next meeting because I was teaching the same night BUT I did read the book of the month which was America...

July 21, 2017

Between the ages of 16 and 23 I had a major crush on the Pre-Raphaelite painters. In retrospect it was probably the dresses, mixing the romantic era and medieval styles, and fantastical settings that really drew me to their work. Even when I was a teenager, the art wor...

July 4, 2017

As a fan of author Kate Forsyth, fairy tales and pre-Raphaelite art, I have been highly anticipating Kate's new novel 'Beauty in Thorns'. For over a year I have followed Kate's pinspiration board and now I really can't wait to read the novel. Another project of Kate's,...

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