• Alice Stephens,  Interview

    Famous Adopted People: a Novel – by Alice Stephens

    I saw Famous Adopted People at my local library and picked it up for a friend who has an adopted child.  I was in a hurry so I didn’t see the words ‘a novel’  and thought it was a non-fiction book about famous adopted people.  It is not. The book is best described as a rollicking read that explores a range of salient issues around transnational adoption and one that exemplifies how some truths are best told through fiction. At the start of the novel, we meet two young women who are negotiating the complexities of their transnational and racialized identities.  At the center of the story is Lisa Pearl, a Korean-America adoptee who isn’t…

  • Marianna Shek,  Profile

    Conversations with Marianna Shek

    Marianna Shek was one of the writers I approached when I decided to profile writers on (or should the preposition be ‘in’? Do you appear in or on…) this blog because I really wanted to continue the conversation that we started in  Melbourne. I was immediately drawn to Marianna’s creative passion and energy. When you read this profile, you’ll find out just how multi-talented Marianna is. We could have easily ended up with a novella-length interview if we’d allowed ourselves, but we decided to leave that for another day.   Marianna has no immediate plans to travel to Perth, nor I to Brisbane, so we will have to make do with Skype…

  • 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.…