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“Hi, my name is Annah Faulkner.

I’ll be reading  from the beginning of my new novel, The Beloved, to be published mid 2012 by Picador.

The story opens in 1954, in Melbourne, before moving to expatriate life in Papua New Guinea.

The narrator is six-year-old Roberta.

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“My name is Mireille Mardaga-Campbell, an archaeologist and writer from North Queensland. I am going to read from La Serenissima, a historical fiction, which was selected for the Varuna/PanMacmillan publishers fellowship.

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Hi, my name’s Philip Hammial and I’m going to read a poem from my new poetry collection Detroit, published by Island Press Cooperative in 2012. Dedicated to Alan Sisley the director of Orange Regional Gallery, the poem is called “AND FURTHERMORE”. (more…)

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“Hi, I’m Dael Allison.

The poem I’ll read is from my series on the iconic Australian painter Ian Fairweather.
Fairweather died in 1974. A wanderer, he travelled through a great deal of Asia and Australia in the 1930s and 40s, painting and living rough. The impetus for him to settle was his epic raft journey, made in 1952 at the age of 60 from Darwin to Timor: 16 waterlogged days on a craft so small he couldn’t stand. (more…)

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“Hi, my name is Tamara Pratt and I’m reading from a manuscript that I’ve been working on while staying at Varuna with Marele Day for Crime Week.

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“Hi, I’m Sheryl Gwyther and I’m reading from my Junior Fiction work-in-progress, FANGUS FEARBOTTOM.”

Chapter 1
I crouch on my window sill above the twilight garden. The mango tree branch is a long way off, the garden path a drop below.
Doubt sends a shiver up my spine. I don’t know anyone else who’s tested the Fourth law of the Great Vampyre Reformation of 1812. (more…)

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“Hello, my name is Péter Zilahy and you’re going to hear a short excerpt from my novel, The Last Window Giraffe. (more…)

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“Hi, my name’s David Spitzkowsky. I’m reading a piece of short fiction called “Fantasy”.
You want to hear my fantasy?
Here goes: I just disappear into Canada. Since I was eight years old I wanted to do that. Must’ve been the trip to Niagara Falls, all the old photos of those crazies coming over the edge in barrels. After I get way up into the Yukon I stop at this little roadside cafe. The woman behind me won’t stop smoking. I get asthma you know.
‘Would you mind, I’m sorry, I just…asthma…’ Oh holy shit. It’s Joni. It’s Joni Mitchell. (more…)

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“Hi. I’m Meg McKinlay and I’m going to read two poems from my collection, Cleanskin. Both of these were inspired by travels with my young daughter past a cemetery near our house in Fremantle, Western Australia. (more…)

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Hello, my name is Michael Giacometti and I’m reading an excerpt from Elijah Upjohn, public hangman.

Hanging is a fine art and not a mechanical trade. Is not a man an artist who can painlessly and without brutality despatch another man?

– Charles Duff, A Handbook on Hanging (more…)

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