Ozge Alkan, school librarian at an Islamic College in Melbourne, was asked by students for a young girl character in a hijab they could dress up as for their Book Parade. Unable to fulfill the request, however, Ozge asked author Hazel Edwards, whom she met at a professional development event for Teacher-Librarians, ‘Could you write one?’ Thus began…

When writing about what you don’t know, the best way to learn about it is to experience it firsthand. This might include fear. When I started writing a novel about three women who were to face their worst fears while hiking in a remote area, I realised I’d only ever hiked safely. Walks on my…

I am honoured and thrilled to have been longlisted for the 2016 Richell Prize. It’s a truism that writing can be a lonely business, full of angst and self-doubt. Hearing now and then that someone else values your story, and believes in your ability to tell it, is tremendously affirming. Along the same lines, it’s…

Tell us a bit about your new poetry collection, Comfort Food. Comfort Food is inspired by food, and what it means to us, our families, our relationships with each other. The poems are about identity, sovereignty and love. You’ve had a long and exciting career in fiction already. What got you into writing, and what’s…

QWC spoke with Australian fiction writer, Julie Koh, about short story writing … Tell us a bit about your new collection, Portable Curiosities. Portable Curiosities is a bunch of surreal, satirical short stories. Many of them are set in an alternate Australia, filled with killer ice-cream trucks, 1,200-storey glass towers and separatist cat cafés. The stories examine…

Hello friends. Before we join hands and jump down this particular rabbit hole together, I’m going to post a disclaimer. Imagine, if you will, this caveat standing in 40-foot high letters, set alight with phosphorescent accelerant, surrounded by trumpet-blowing angels. It reads: “This is just my opinion.” There are no golden rules in publishing, except…

“Networking” isn’t a dirty word. Unfortunately, sometimes it feels dirty. Some writers will tell you that the entire idea of networking dilutes or sullies your art − that you should get back to starving in your garret, producing a masterpiece that people will magically know about when it’s done. The word has most certainly received…

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