Gillian Polack

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How to Avoid Gillian at Continuum 15

Just this once, you may not want to avoid me. This is because an email got buried in an avalanche of other emails and so I didn’t reply when I had to and my research doesn’t have a slot in the Deep Dives. This is probably just as well, because I’m at the stage in …

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Meeting me

The question I am asked the most by readers (apart from when a given book will be out or where it is available) is when I’ll be visiting a given city. I’ve been thinking about this. I don’t want to do a newsletter. If you live in Dublin and I’m telling you all about Melbourne, …

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More on silencing

I wrote this on Twitter earlier today, and then put it up (typos mostly fixed) on Facebook. It’s a small update on a small aspect of my research. As part of my current research, I’ve been looking into how voices (women’s, minority culture, religious, and more) are passed over, what techniques writers use, intentionally or …

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On What Happened in Melbourne Yesterday

This is my new social media rant. I put it up on Facebook then I realised that some of you might want it here. I want less fear in all our lives. Now, please. All night I thought about a missing element from yesterday’s discussion about what happened on St Kilda beach: how Sudanese Australians …

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New year thoughts

I poured out my soul on Facebook and decided, just maybe, it’d be a good idea to have it here. I don’t talk a lot about the things of great magnitude. I simply deal. Last year I found a way of dealing that was rather better than my previous methods. I’d still rather my life …

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Question Thread

I promised this thread on social media. It’s open for 8 days altogether – use the date on the post as a guide. How am I counting the days? It’s seven days for my timezone and eight days to allow people on the other side of the dateline to also get their seven days of …

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How to Avoid Gillian at Conflux in 2018

Saturday 29 September 1.30 pm Workshop, Writing the Other This builds on old research and new research and is going to be very handy for any writer who wants aliens, cultures other than their own, or non-derivative characters in their work. It’s also handy for non-writers who want to understand what writers do, but the …

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How to Avoid Gillian at Continuum 14

This year you’re also avoiding retro Aussie sweets. They’re bad for you. You don’t need them. Trust me on this. In Parallel (Friday @ 6:00 pm) Corey J. White , Alison Evans, Kathryn Andersen and I talk about parallel universes, maybe including Sliders. I love it that we all come from different backgrounds and have …

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Guest post – Laura Goodin

Laura gave me this a while ago, and my life intervened. It is, thankfully, well worth the wait. Thrillingly Obnoxious: Agency, Empathy, and Enlightenment in Harriet the Spy by Laura E. Goodin, Ph.D. W. Aust. In 1964, Harriet the Spy, by socially unconventional author Louise Fitzhugh (Horning 2005), was published to mixed reactions (Morris 2017). …

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Women’s History Month – guest post from Brenda Clough

Brenda sent me this early… and my life (as you might know) went awry. Some of the things she alerted us to in the post are about to happen, however, so I’ve added links. The first link you might want to check out is one to the writer herself! Also, to my favourite book by …

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