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“This is Heather Cam reading the title poem from my collection ‘The Majestic Rollerink’:

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“Hi, my name’s Susanne Gervay. I’m a children’s and young adult author and I also write adult short stories.

One of my most renowned books I guess is a rite of passage book called I Am Jack. It’s become the major text on anti-school bullying and I’m rather proud of that … especially since my son was bullied. It has two other books. One is called Super Jack and one’s called Always Jack, which has just come out. Always Jack carries the Cancer Council Yellow Daffodil which I’m really proud of. And I wrote it for my kids and for all those out there who face cancer, both parents and children and families.

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“Hello, this is Kate Grenville. I’m going to read from The Secret River.

The Alexander, with its cargo of convicts, had bucked over the face of the ocean for the better part of a year. Now it had fetched up at the end of the earth. There was no lock on the door of the hut where William Thornhill, transported for the term of his natural life, was passing his first night in His Majesty’s penal colony of New South Wales. There was hardly a door, barely a wall: only a flap of bark, a screen of sticks and mud. There was no need of lock, of door, of wall: this was a prison whose bars were ten thousand miles of water.

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This is Tom Lee reading “Circus in the English Countryside” from a sequence I call Adventures with Clare. (more…)

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“Hello my name is Suzanne Leal and I am reading from my novel Border Street.

 

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“Hi, I’m Chris Bishop. I’m reading from When Lisa Was Alive and Dead.

And then she shows up at his place, skips from the road behind his house, throws herself over his fence, peers through his kitchen window all smiling eyes and eager insistence.

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“Hello, I’m Katherine Seppings. I’m going to read from my manuscript Paris in the Spring – a chapter called ‘The Winds of Barranquilla.’ (more…)

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I’m Mireille Juchau and I’m reading from a new work called The Weather Inside (Photo by Bronwyn Rennex)

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“Hello, I’m Meera Atkinson and I’m reading from my novel in progress, Luna Alaska. The reading starts with an excerpt from the narrator’s old diary.

A memory of nothing remembered today and fear found me and felled me and left me alone with my end before them all sudden and strange and weak. What is it? What is it? Why now and where is he?
Lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
A woman like that is not a woman quite.
I have been her kind (Anne Sexton)

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“Hello, my name is Ivy Alvarez. I’ll be reading a poem titled ‘Hold’, which was published by the Guardian (UK), online, for their Poetry Workshop section, on the 4th of November, 2011. (Photograph by Tasmanian photographer Rachael Duncan) (more…)

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