‘A romantic comedy about climate change? That’s different.’ When I describe my new novel it’s clear that, for many, romantic comedy and climate change are an unlikely mix. But while dark apocalyptic tales abound, they don’t have a monopoly on this theme. I believe there is also room for funny climate change love stories. There’s…

Sally Piper talks to Cass Moriarty about her latest novel Parting Words (UQP 2017). In Parting Words, three siblings fulfil the posthumous wishes of their father, Daniel Whittaker, to hand-deliver his letters, content unknown, to people who are strangers to them. They discover much about the man they thought they knew. What motivated you most…

Have you ever wanted to write a novel or novella? Does it seem a bit daunting? In these two workshops, Suzanne Strong will help you examine what makes a quality work of fiction, how we can create effective and compelling characters, narrative movement, structure, voice, vivid description and much more. Where: Goodlife Community Centre, Buderim When: Saturday…

Join Queensland Poetry Festival at Riverbend Books and be inspired by readings from four outstanding contemporary Australian poets. Where: Riverbend Books When: Tuesday 29 May, 6.30pm Cost: $8.00 More information

In the first season of the television series Girls, the famously self-absorbed central character, Hannah Horvath, infamously announced ‘I think that I may be the voice of my generation’, before back-peddling to ‘or at least a voice. Of a generation’. Think that’s obnoxious? Try wrangling the courage to be the voice of several generations. I…

In 2010, my novel Kindling, the story of an eleven-year-old ‘different’ boy who discovers a terrible family secret and runs away to a suburban fire, was published by Hachette. In 2014, my novel Are You Seeing Me?, the story of nineteen year old twins – brother disabled, sister his carer – on their final trip…

I was recently at a dinner party where the discussion of nouns came up (I go to wild dinner parties). Specifically, while playing a word game, we discussed whether it was permissible to use proper nouns – a term not understood by half the participants. As such, let’s talk about everyone’s favourite part of speech….

One of the first things I was taught when I started a university writing course was the adage write what you know. The idea being, of course, that when you’re starting out, you have an easy bridge to believability if you’ve personally undergone what you’re writing about. Even if a writer hasn’t had this rule…

I wrote an article about my Centrelink debt. A debt for money I received legitimately, Centrelink and I agreed, but which, through a series of missteps, some of them mine and some of them not, had to be repaid. The article was about how an institution can penalise women when it inserts itself into people’s…

Cats in boxes are one of the most popular memes on the internet; thousands of people visit zoos to marvel at spots, stripes, feathers; and dog lovers know Max will scramble up at the mention of ‘walkies’. Love for animals abounds in our world, but how often do we think about what animals represent and…

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