• Emma Young

    Emma Young journalist, and author of The Last Bookshop

    Emma Young is an award-winning journalist at WAtoday by day and a novelist before sunrise. I met Emma, at Laurie Steed’s KSP 1st Edition fellowship in 2018 where she inspired me with her commitment to her craft. I learnt so much from her about how to ‘own it’ as a writer and my writing practice has changed because of Emma. I already a big fan of her work at the newspaper and I can’t wait to read her debut novel.      For most of the past 3.5 years it has meant getting up earlier and sitting down for 1-2 hours before work, making sure there is an ironclad routine in place that doesn’t change.…

  • Isaac Asimov

    Quote for the day: Isaac Asimov

    Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) biochemist and one of the ‘big three’ sci-fi writers in his lifetime. He coined the term ‘robotics’ and was a ‘special space consultant’ for the Star Trek TV series. He wrote in “The Cult of Ignorance” in 1980: Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through out political and cultural life, nurtured by the false sense of notion that democracy means that my ignorance is as good as your knowledge.    

  • UWA Publishing

    Writers, academics and artists protest against the closure of UWAP – Open Letter

    “It devalues our local writers and shows a lack of interest by the university in the literary culture of WA.”     https://watoday.com.au/culture/books/dull-and-lifeless-backlash-grows-at-uwa-move-to-dump-print-publishing-20191122-p53d7m.html   [UWAP authors Nadia Rhook and Annamaria  Weldon]     We, the undersigned, protest the decision by UWA to close University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). We protest for our wages and the wages of other writers. We protest for designers, printers, bookstores, IT professionals, and other associated industries. We protest for our historians, scientists, workers in politics, academics, and truth seekers. We protest for the emerging writers and academics UWAP consistently provides with first publication, and enables publication elsewhere through recognition, prizes, and events. We protest…

  • Yona Diamond Dansky

    Yona Diamond Dansky – Educator, Writer and Illustrator

    Yona Diamond Dansky is a Philadelphia based writer, artist, lifelong educator, mother and grandmother with many stories to share. Moshu Worries , Yona’s first children’s book, draws upon her three-year-old grandson’s journey when Yona’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer. I approached Yona for an interview because this is the book I wish my child had when I was diagnosed with a blood cancer.  Most adults struggle to get their heads around a cancer diagnosis, so you can imagine how hard it is for children.  How do you explain that a parent’s sudden hair loss, lack of energy and absence from the house for long periods of time? “When Mom gets a serious illness,…