The Readathon has begun! Author Jane Rawson is a fantastic person. And to attest to that awesomeness she has started a Readathon for the winter months of June and July. Basically you read whatever you like but if you are part of the team, people sponsor you for each book you read and the money goes to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation which I ...

Review: Dure Rey Khan’s Once We Were Kings In the darkened theatre, an actor (Solayman Belmihoub) splits chalk into two and then raises his head to the audience and starts talking about dichotomies. About how when you are a mix of several different things, people want you to define yourself as one thing or the other. And I lean forward and go “Aha!” I just want to ...

Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench are two amazing bibliophiles and activists, of the literary kind. They are also all things speculative fiction crazy. They have come up with an idea that makes you wonder why it hasn’t been done yet. Together with Alisa Krasnostein of Twelfth Planet Press they are planning an anthology of dystopian speculative fiction… with the main ...

Ten years of Kottu Earlier this week, the Sri Lankan blogosphere’s main blog aggregator/planet/definitive index Kottu turned 10. No one seemed to notice – I certainly didn’t know till Cerno and Yudhanjaya posted about it online. So let me explain something to my non-Sri Lankan readers: I started blogging in 1998. Sometime in what must have been say 2005 or so though I barely remember ...

As many of you know I am involved with the project Australian Women Writers and am responsible for herding the reviews by those reading non fiction, short fiction and poetry. For a long time, Elizabeth Lhuede who started the project has wanted to experiment with video. Of course I was keen on helping out with this. We are now starting ...

Marianne Delacourt’s Sharp Shooter I think often about what it means to stand in a spot in one place and to take it all in. To live in a place long enough to be someone who understands how life works its way through that spot’s particular urban or rural landscape. And how it feels like saying hello to an old friend when you pick ...

Robin Bower’s Beyond Home “I want to leave behind a body of work where someone can look at it and say ‘that changed my life’.” – Robin Bower Beyond Home by Robin Bower When we read novels, we often argue over what makes them good. Harold Bloom’s famous list of the Western Literary Canon included no female authors and he copped a lot ...

NOTE: Written originally on 2 January 2015 It was late in the day and I needed food and so off I went to ____ down the road from me and up I went to the cashier thinking “Hey, there’s no one here, this should be a breeze.” After initial confusion over what I wanted so much so that I had ...

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Stay away from the guild. No guild I have ever known has been without its share of drama. You don’t need to recreate high school all over again. Be aware of what they do as story ideas abound but maintain distance. Find a viable university paper or magazine that drama free or not is likely to run continuously without ...

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Here's the livetweet feed of the panel discussion held at The Orient Hotel in Fremantle on Wednesday 19 November 2014. The panel consisted of Susan Midalia, Danielle McGee, Natasha Lester and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

The Freeline Blog Swap: Robert Pepper on anti-vaccination, pseudoscience and the anti-anti-science movement Freeline is a group for Australian freelance journalists. And this is a blog swap started over email where journalists somehow try to write guest posts for each other’s blogs despite the difference in specialisations, niches and beats. This is Robert Pepper’s swap with me – 4WD for science and he owns this material. You can also read my post on ...

[ezcol_1third]Given that I am now living outside of Sri Lanka, I don’t often write about Sri Lanka on this blog because I acknowledge that there are limits to what I know about what is going on. Things I am not aware of because I am not on the ground in Colombo to hear or see them that might be factors ...

From the Colombo Telegraph, the speech: For those of you who are not Sinhala speaking: “This country still has a Sinhalese Police, this country still has a Sinhalese Army. It will be the end of all... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

I might have gone a little stir crazy. I have been one week on a vegetarian diet as of today. As an experiment for an entire year. That’s right, 365 days. From 15 May 2014 to, quite uncannily... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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