Category: guests

Women’s History Month – Introduction

This year is celebratory, I’ve decided. Things are so very tough for so many people I know (including myself!) that I want a small time out from dealing with life and a month spent enjoying the wonder. Initially, i was going to start this in February and give you the Women’s History Month I failed …

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The Biology and Lifestyle of Griffins by K.J. Taylor

On Sunday, a group of us shared a booklaunch at a science fiction convention. One of the authors was K.J. Taylor. She and I share a Moomin addiction and are Tuckerising each other due to a random conversation on Facebook. Her new novel, The Last Guard” is set in Cymria, a place where humans live …

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Women’s History Month – Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr is one of my favourite writers. Also a thoroughly nice person. Also the only author I know who has both Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler in the film of the book. Most of the rest of us tend to say “If my book were ever filmed…” Her next novel is Dragonfly Song, which …

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Women’s History Month – Mary Victoria

Mary Victoria is a London-based NZ writer and artist. I asked her for a very personal response to a rather large question, this WHM. What do I do to survive? It’s a good question, because there are many kinds of survival: material, emotional, spiritual. The answer for me is that because there are so many, …

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Interview with William Shakespeare about the Floating City – guest post by Craig Cormick

CRAIG: Mr Shakespeare, good morning. WILL SHAKESPEARE: Please, call me Will. CRAIG: Uh – certainly. Can I begin by asking you about your influences. WILL SHAKESPEARE: Influences? What are you talking about? I don’t have influences. I influence others! CRAIG: Yes, but you may be aware of some accusations of copyright breaches in your work. …

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The Beast, The Janna Mysteries and The Janna Chronicles – guest post by Felicity Pulman

I’ve long been fascinated by the Middle Ages and when a character popped into my head: a young woman, daughter of a wortwyf, whose mother dies in mysterious circumstances but who is unable to avenge her mother’s murder because of her own lowly circumstances, the temptation to write a series about Janna’s quest for justice …

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THE FOURTH WALL AND HOW TO BREAK IT – special guest post by Ian Sales

You can blame it on Michael Haneke and Laurent Binet. I’d spent the previous few months researching the Apollo astronauts and their wives and women writing science fiction. I had the plot of the final book of the Apollo Quartet, All That Outer Space Allows, clear in my mind, and had even started writing it. …

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Waiting – a guest post by the infinitely patient RJ Barker

Waiting. Tick… …tock. There’s this thing about writing that everyone has to put up with. The waiting. And while waiting you will be frustrated You will want to get on. You will see books getting bought, books coming out, books getting reviewed and NONE OF THEM ARE YOURS. But still. Deep breaths. Stay calm. W …

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Nike Sulway – Women’s History Month

more than one way In the car, after her talk, I tell my friend that her speech brought tears to my eyes. We are driving down the main street in Toowoomba. It is raining, and I am trying to find a park. We drive past the restaurant where we are supposed to meet the others …

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Satima Flavell – Women’s History Month

I was honoured when Gillian invited me to write another piece for her blog, but when I saw the topic, ‘personal stories of major obstacles overcome, especially for women in the arts’, I had a quiet little panic, for I have never suffered at the hands of this particular brand of sexism. I’ve been lucky, …

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