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Jenna Guillaume’s What I Like About Me: A Daggy Caravan Park Romance

Jenna Guillaume’s What I Like About Me: A Daggy Caravan Park Romance

March 13, 2019

Jenna Guillaume's debut novel, What I Like About Me, is a YA romantic comedy set at that most Australian of settings: the daggy caravan park. This week, Stephanie is joined by Jenna to discuss romance, body positivity, beauty pageants, Twitter, Dirty Dancing, and why all dresses should have pockets.

 

Jenna's Twitter account is @JennaGuillaume and her novel What I Like About Me is available at all good bookshops now. 

Interview with Laura Neill, Editor for The Quarry Journal Issue 13

Interview with Laura Neill, Editor for The Quarry Journal Issue 13

February 27, 2019

The Quarry Journal, the online journal of Macquarie University's English Department, is currently seeking submissions for Issue 13: Borderlines. This week, Stephanie and Michelle discuss the issue with the student editor, Laura Neill.

For more information on The Quarry, or to submit please visit the journal website: http://thequarryjournal.com/submit-2/

 

Pinballs and Boiling Frogs: An interview with Australian feminist playwright Alison Lyssa

Pinballs and Boiling Frogs: An interview with Australian feminist playwright Alison Lyssa

August 8, 2018

Alison Lyssa, playwright, writer and poet, discusses her groundbreaking feminist play Pinball. Pinball, a play about a young lesbian couple fighting the patriarchy for custody of one of the women's son, was labelled 'feminist chauvinist piggery' in the Australian Press in the 80s when it was first performed. Now a set-text in universities in the UK and re-staged by Duck Duck Goose in 2014, Pinball and its playwright, Alison Lyssa, remain cutting edge in contemporary Australia. 

Kate Rossmanith: Small Wrongs: Remorse and the criminal justice system

Kate Rossmanith: Small Wrongs: Remorse and the criminal justice system

June 13, 2018

Remorse plays an important part in Australia’s criminal justice system, impacting both sentencing and parole. Kate Rossmanith’s book, Small Wrongs, explores remorse in all its complexity. Join Michelle Hamadache as she talks with Kate about researching and writing her compelling new release.

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Medicine, Literature, Interceptionality, and Literary Gate-Keeping: An Interview with Michelle Cahill

Medicine, Literature, Interceptionality, and Literary Gate-Keeping: An Interview with Michelle Cahill

March 21, 2018

This week, Stephanie and Michelle interview Michelle Cahill, writer and managing director of the literary journal Mascara. In this wide-ranging discussion, they talk about the intersection of medicine and literature, interceptionality, and literary gate-keeping.

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The Benefits of Rejection Goals: A Discussion with Ashley Kalagian Blunt

The Benefits of Rejection Goals: A Discussion with Ashley Kalagian Blunt

February 7, 2018

Why does this week's guest set rejection goals? This week, Stephanie and Michelle chat to Ashley Kalagian Blunt about her work as a writer. They discuss her writing about the Armenian genocide, moving to Australia from Canada, and Ashley gives her top tips for aspiring writers.

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Creative Writing Alumna Claire Catacouzinos’ Tips for Young Writers

Creative Writing Alumna Claire Catacouzinos’ Tips for Young Writers

January 31, 2018

How does a young writer start their writing career? This week, Stephanie interviews Creative Writing alumna and talented writer Claire Catacouzinos about historical fiction, the impact of her Greek heritage, and her journey as a writer. Claire gives such helpful tips about managing a writing career that this episode is a must for any aspiring young writers out there. 

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The Life of a Creative Mind: A Discussion with Associate Professor Marcelle Freiman

The Life of a Creative Mind: A Discussion with Associate Professor Marcelle Freiman

January 24, 2018

One of the perks of working in an English department is getting to work alongside writers. This week, Stephanie and Michelle are joined by Associate Professor Marcelle Freiman to discuss Marcelle's writing life. They discuss her youth in South Africa, migration to the UK and Australia, her career as a poet, and the life of a creative mind. 

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From Former Student to New York Times Bestseller: Liane Moriarty and Big Little Lies

From Former Student to New York Times Bestseller: Liane Moriarty and Big Little Lies

September 6, 2017

Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies was a New York Times bestseller, and now it's an award-nominated HBO series starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. That's really exciting for us, as Liane Moriarty is a Macquarie University English Department alumni! This week, Stephanie is joined by Associate Professor Marcelle Freiman, who supervised Liane's first creative work, to discuss the book, the series, and how excited we are to see a promising student become an international sensation.