• Elizabeth Geoghegan,  Profile

    Elizabeth Geoghegan – An American Writer in Rome

      Elizabeth Geoghegan was born in New York, grew up in the Midwest, and now lives in Rome. She is the author of the bestselling memoir The Marco Chronicles, Natural Disasters, and the forthcoming collection eightball. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Best Travel Writing, El Pais, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. I met Elizabeth because I lingered around Curtin after the AAWP conference so that I could hang out a bit with Sarah.  The conference was so big (6 concurrent sessions over three days) I didn’t even know that there were writers from Rome until I met Elizabeth. I caught the bus that Elizabeth was on and if she and her…

  • Katy Kell,  Profile

    Capturing Chloe, Katrina Kell

    Katrina Kell is the author of two YA novels Juice (2000) and Mama’s Trippin (2006), both published by Fremantle Press. She recently completed her PhD, her creative thesis, a historical novel inspired by the famous painting in Melbourne’s Young & Jackson Bar.   Capturing Chloe traces  Chloe’s  impact on an Australian family during World War One as well as Chloe’s life in the aftermath of the Second French Empire and the Franco-Prussian War. I got to know Katy well because our postgrad offices were across the corridor from each other and we were often the only people in the ghostly corridor. Even though we’ve both completed our respective degrees, we still catch up regularly for coffee to chat…

  • PhD,  Profile,  Sarah Mokrzycki

    Q&A with Sarah Mokrzycki – Writer, Researcher and Artist

    I met Sarah Mokryzcki at the postgrad AAWP workshop. Sarah sat a few seats away from me and during a coffee break, we struck up a conversation about Melbourne, where she is based, and about her foster children who inspired her research. I have always been in awe of foster parents because all the ones I know are these amazingly generous people who have unquantifiable amounts of love to give to the vulnerable children who need safe homes.  This multitalented woman is also an excellent public speaker. Who are you?  I’m a writer, researcher and artist living in Melbourne. I’ve been a foster carer since 2014, and this has shaped…

  • Melbourne

    Melbourne

    I went to Melbourne for the Deborah Cass award night and to catch up with friends.  The Deborah Cass award is open to anyone who was born overseas or has at least one parent born overseas —so that’s a large chunk of the population who qualify for entry.  Karina Ko was the winner of this year’s prize, I was runner-up and Su-May Tan was second runner-up. The judges couldn’t make it but the winner and runner-up of the inaugural prize Moreno Giovonnoni and Melanie Cheng were there. Melanie was very generous and shared her experiences as an emerging/emerged writer. She’s also a super nice person and gave Marianna (one of the shortlisted…