The weekly herding: we need to talk about Lionel

There was one massive news topic on the literary landscape this week, and that was the controversial keynote speech given by US author Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin) at the Brisbane Writers Festival on the subject of ‘fiction and identity politics’. Far from taking the stance of inclusion expected by the festival organisers, Shriver spoke… Read More The weekly herding: we need to talk about Lionel

The Light Between Oceans reviewed

Heartbreaking and beautiful,  The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman is one of those perfectly pitched, sweeping period novels you only come across every so often. The story begins in 1918, with young WWI veteran Tom Sherbourne recently returned to his native Australia after serving in the trenches in France. Though physically unmarked, he is tortured by his memories… Read More The Light Between Oceans reviewed

Cork creative writing and poetry workshop

If you live in the Cork area, you might be interested in a pretty special one-day writing day coming up on September 17. Led by the wonderful Laura McKenna (who facilitates the writing class/group I’m in – we’re not sure how to define ourselves anymore. Collective?) and award-winning poet Afric McGlinchey, it takes place in Glenville Park, a rustic country house… Read More Cork creative writing and poetry workshop