Tag: Australian author

  • Ep 6: Our Man Booker contenders

    Episode 6 of James and Ashley Stay at Home features James and I sharing our early experiences as writers – which always make for entertaining stories – and three tips we’ve learned along the way. You can listen to it here. James wrote his first novel at age seven. Frankly, it sounds like a masterpiece […]

  • How do you know if you’re really Australian?

    How do you know if you’re really Australian?

    Jay Martin is the author of Vodka and Apple Juice, a memoir of living in Warsaw, Poland as a diplomat’s wife – or more accurately, an undiplomatic wife. Jay also lived in Alberta, Canada, for two years, and has recently moved back to Perth. I recently had the chance to chat with Jay about Canada, […]

  • Cross-country caramel slice showdown

    When WA author Monique Mulligan prepares for an author interview, she really prepares. And by that I mean she convinces her husband to go to the shops for condensed milk so she can make homemade caramel slice. Look at these beauties. Monique interviewed me for the Koorliny Arts Centre’s program Live: Stories on Stage this […]

  • Ep 5: The Year that Almost Killed Anna Downes, author of The Safe Place

    The Safe Place begins with a dreamlike escape. A young Londoner in a Ramones T-shirt and worn sneakers boards a private jet and arrives in France, where a chauffeur escorts her to a secluded luxury estate on the coast. Hidden on a forested backroad behind iron gates, the property features two mansions, an expansive garden […]

  • Ep 3 ‘Not hiding my scars anymore’ with author Lee Kofman

    ‘I didn’t die because my parents bribed the surgeon that was supposed to operate on me not to operate on me … He had a nickname of The Butcher.’ In episode 3 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, we speak to author and writing teacher Lee Kofman about her creative non-fiction book Imperfect: How […]

  • Invite the author to your book club!

    In a book club? I love talking to readers, and I’m happy to make a virtual appearance at any book club meeting. We can do this via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, or whatever technology suits you. If you’re in Sydney, I may even be able to make an in-person visit. Contact me about booking a free […]

  • Fancy a eucalyptini?

    When I said I wanted to create a cocktail for the launch of my new memoir, How to Be Australian, a friend suggested I could just ‘chuck a couple of the eucalyptus balls you buy from the chemist into a glass of vodka. Wouldn’t taste very nice, but it’s definitely Australian!’* If you don’t fancy […]

  • The new book, out this year!

    I can finally share some exciting news with you. My second book will be out this June from Affirm Press. It’s called How to Be Australian, and it’s a memoir of moving from Canada. In a lot of ways, the book is a love letter to Australia, this charming, vast, baffling country that has been […]

  • It’s Christmas, so let’s talk assassination

    I know, I know, it’s the week before Christmas. The carols are playing, the shops are bustling, and the tinsel is glittering (which makes me wonder if scientists are including tinsel in their call for a worldwide ban on glitter). But it was on 17 December 1980 that Australia’s first geopolitically motivated assassination took place […]