In Conversation with Juliet Marillier
Interview

In Conversation with Juliet Marillier

By: Nalini Haynes, Blogger in Residence Juliet Marillier, writer of historical fantasy, has won Australian and international awards for her novels. She is also very active in the writing community, mentoring aspiring writers, teaching workshops, serving on the Literary Board of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre and contributing to Writer Unboxed. Here she chats writing, representation, and … Continue reading

Zana Fraillon on <em>The Bone Sparrow</em>, Refugees and Representation
Interview / Writing

Zana Fraillon on The Bone Sparrow, Refugees and Representation

Our Blogger in Residence, Nalini Haynes, sat down with Zana Fraillon to discuss her hauntingly beautiful, timely, heart-wrenching novel, The Bone Sparrow, about a refugee in an Australian detention centre.  What can you tell us about The Bone Sparrow? A young boy, Subhi, was born in an Australian detention centre. He imagines the sea comes up to … Continue reading

Wendy Orr on <em>Dragonfly Song</em> and Disability
Interview

Wendy Orr on Dragonfly Song and Disability

Award-winning children’s author Wendy Orr’s credits include Peeling the Onion and Nim’s Island. Our Blogger-in-Residence, Nalini Haynes, sat down with Wendy to talk about her latest novel, Dragonfly Song, featuring disability. What can you tell us about Dragonfly Song, which has just been released by Allen & Unwin? 12-year-old Aissa is the hereditary daughter of … Continue reading

A divided world: depicting the lives of refugees
Writing

A divided world: depicting the lives of refugees

Today, 20 June is World Refugee Day. Blogger in Residence, Penny Hanley, looks into how art and literature depicts the lives of refugees. “Refugees live in a divided world, between countries in which they cannot live and countries which they may not enter.” Elie Wiesel, American, Romanian-born Holocaust survivor, writer and Nobel Peace Prize winner, … Continue reading

What Representation Does: An Interview with Will Kostakis
Writing

What Representation Does: An Interview with Will Kostakis

Recently our Blogger in Residence Nalini Haynes talked to Will Kostakis about equity and representation in literature. Will is “made in Australia from imported ingredients”. His nana came to Australia by boat as an adult with a primary school education. Her children, Will’s parent’s generation were the first in the family to finish high school, … Continue reading