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Heidi Everett on Own Voices, Rewriting ‘Normal’ and ‘My Friend Fox’

Heidi Everett is an artist, creative workshop facilitator, mental health recovery advocate, social impact facilitator, and projects and events innovator in Melbourne, Australia. ‘My Friend Fox’ is her first book.  Heidi spoke with our Interim Writeability Program Manager, Jess Obersby, about her incredible new debut ‘My Friend Fox’ and all things writing neurodiversity.   I know you’ve […]

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Amal Awad on Romance, Women’s Fiction and Writing Complex Characters

Amal Awad is a journalist, screenwriter, author and performer. She is the author of ‘Courting Samira’, ‘This Is How You Get Better’ and ‘The Things We See in the Light’ as well as the non-fiction books ‘The Incidental Muslim’, ‘Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women’, ‘Fridays with My Folks: Stories on Ageing’, ‘Illness and Life’, and

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While my theatre career hangs out to dry like washing on a line in a gusty Melbourne wind, I look to my lockdown to-do list. First: get the jab. Mass vaccination hubs are opening up for my age group, so I book in for Friday. A week away. What to do until then? Luckily, the

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Simon Rowell’s journey from self-publishing to a book deal with Text Publishing

I’ll start at the beginning, but will not linger there long. When I was around fourteen, buoyed by a sense of grandiosity fed by a healthy dose of hormones, I decided I wanted to be a writer. A beret-wearing, hipster-before-there-were-hipsters type of writer. What genre or style I couldn’t say, which should tell you that

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Ingrid Laguna on leading an inspired writing life

Ingrid Laguna is the Education Advisor for the Melbourne Writers Festival and the author of four books – a memoir and three novels for young readers. ‘Songbird’ was given Notable recognition by the CBCA and shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year Award. ‘Bailey Finch Takes a Stand’ is her latest release. Ingrid

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The following was published in the March – May 2021 edition of The Victorian Writer: Wordsmith. Michelle Wright lives in Eltham, on the lands of the Wurundjeri People. Her short stories have won many awards in Australia, the US and UK. Her short story collection, ‘Fine’, was published in 2016 and her novel, ‘Small Acts of Defiance’

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International Day of People with Disability: Fiona Murphy writes for Creative Control

Discovering every detail: writing about disability During the last weekend of October, while the sun was high and bright, I boxed up my home office. In a few days I would be driving my station wagon across the state, moving from wide open agricultural plains to a small town nestled at the base of a

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