Why Speeches Matter – a Canberra Writers Festival event

Why Speeches Matter By Rosalind Moran At one point during the Canberra Writers Festival event ‘Why Speeches Matter: Lucinda Holdforth in conversation with Charlotte Wood’, Holdforth broke off from her conversation with Wood and addressed the audience. “I don’t know how many Canberra bureaucrats are here who are across the dark arts of speechwriting…?” A confronting moment for yours truly. From the shadows of the … Continue reading Why Speeches Matter – a Canberra Writers Festival event

BRUCE: the one-puppet show that turned a foam mattress into a star

By Rosalind Moran Bruce has come a long way. The star of the eponymous lo-fi puppetry show is quite literally a block of yellow foam, carved from a mattress the show’s creators found by the side of a road. A beautiful example of ‘trash puppetry’. A bizarre, but fortuitous, meeting. I’m delighted to confirm that BRUCE is every bit as zany and fun as its … Continue reading BRUCE: the one-puppet show that turned a foam mattress into a star

Bittereinder: Liam Pieper and Historical Fiction

By Amy Walters The National Library of Australia awarded their 2018 Creative Arts Fellowship for Creative Writing to Liam Pieper,supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust. They also hosted a special event in which Pieper reflected on researching and writing revisionist fiction. In an interview for The Guardianon the release of his first novel The Toymaker, which is set during the Holocaust, Liam Pieper said: “Sometimes you need … Continue reading Bittereinder: Liam Pieper and Historical Fiction