QWC interviews award-winning poet Shastra Deo: Can you tell us a little about your process of developing your Thomas Shapcott Award-winning collection, The Agonist? I wrote the majority of The Agonist as part of my honours thesis, so it was heavily informed by my central research question: ‘what happens to the self when the body…

QWC interviewed Koren Helbig, freelance writer and editor …   Why did you decide to start writing freelance, and how did you start growing your career? In 2012 I popped over to Spain for a holiday with friends and loved it so much I promptly started scheming a way to get back there more permanently….

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, five of which have been made into blockbuster films. Her last eight novels reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and she has famously sold more books than Shakespeare or Dickens. I spoke to Jodi  a few days after Donald Trump had been elected. Trump’s…

You’ve written across a number of mediums including film, television, journals, magazines, books and for the stage. When you started writing, did you envision a career in which you would be writing across different platforms? In a way, yes! When I finished high school, I was tossing up between studying writing, visual arts or drama….

Can you tell us a little bit about Elvis? Had you had any other animal companions previously? I’ve had many pets – tortoises, guinea pigs, budgies, stick insects, hens, cats, ducks, fish, dogs and a goat. But never a horse until I encountered Elvis, in a terrible condition, on a hillbilly farm in Green Pidgeon…

Kathy George talks to KIM LOCK, author of Like I Can Love, published by Pan Macmillan in March. Kim was a participant of QWC’s 2013 Hachette Manuscript Development Program and went on to sign a two-book deal with Pan Macmillan Australia, with rights also sold to the UK and Germany.   How did you research Like…

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…

One of the beautiful things about a good book is the ability to travel from your armchair. A book can act as a passport to another country, another time – even another world. And in some books, the setting is as much of a character as the novel’s protagonist. What would Harry Potter be without…

Novelist Cory Taylor (Me and Mister Booker and My Beautiful Enemy) was diagnosed with melanoma in 2005, just before her fiftieth birthday. In December 2014, she suffered a seizure and underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour. She had to face the obvious – that death was not far away. On the eve of two…

We spoke to Junky Comics owner, Vlada Edirippulige, about the challenges and triumphs of opening a new independent comic book store in Brisbane in 2015, and what their first year of business has looked like. Tell us a bit about Junky Comics! Junky is a comic book store in West End that specialises in alternative comics,…

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