Surrealism and Wes-Quez with Leanne Hall & Iris and the Tiger

Thanks for speaking to Boomerang Books, Leanne. Once you read Leanne’s fascinating responses, you’ll rush to read her books. Where are you based and how involved in the children’s and YA literary community are you? I’m based in Melbourne, which is luckily a very bookish and literary city. My involvement in the kids and YA … Continue reading Surrealism and Wes-Quez with Leanne Hall & Iris and the Tiger

Iris and the Tiger by Leanne Hall

One of my all-time favourite YA novels is Australian writer Leanne Hall’s This is Shyness. It’s an utterly original story about Wildgirl and Wolfboy who cross the liminal border of Grey Street into Shyness, a gritty suburb of perpetual darkness. It blends surrealism with realism in a most memorable way. Even the title is inspired. … Continue reading Iris and the Tiger by Leanne Hall

Best YA Novels for 2015 and looking into 2016

Australian YA writing is powerful, fresh and imaginative, creating spaces for thought and wonder. The finest novels from 2015’s field in my view are Meg McKinlay’s A Single Stone, an exquisitely written dystopia about lean girls who tunnel through stone. Younger readers in upper primary school can also read it and I hope that it … Continue reading Best YA Novels for 2015 and looking into 2016

Lover Husband Father Monster part 1

In December last year I attended a talk at the Mentone Library. Elsie and Graeme Johnstone, husband-and-wife authors, spoke about their latest novel Lover Husband Father Monster. I was so impressed with their talk and their readings, that I tracked them down and asked them to answer a few questions for Literary Clutter. The novel, … Continue reading Lover Husband Father Monster part 1

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards & SWF Indigenous Voices

As always, the Sydney Writers’ Festival in May was an amazing week. The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were announced on the Monday night and I was thrilled to meet the Patricia Wrightson (children’s book) winner for the surrealist mystery Iris and the Tiger, Leanne Hall (who I interviewed for the blog here), photographed below with … Continue reading NSW Premier’s Literary Awards & SWF Indigenous Voices

Australian YA: Meet Justine Larbalestier, author of My Sister Rosa

Thanks for speaking to Boomerang Books, Justine.  Your books have been praised by critics, winning and being shortlisted for numerous awards, and are also very popular. Apart from My Sister Rosa (Allen & Unwin), which book is your finest achievement? That’s not for me to say. Besides which I always think the book I’m working … Continue reading Australian YA: Meet Justine Larbalestier, author of My Sister Rosa

Recently Released 2016 Aussie Books You Need To Read

So far, 2016 has already been an incredible year for new releases! And huzzah for Australian authors adding some fabulous titles for us to devour. I basically can’t read fast enough to keep up with all this genius, oh gosh. Don’t know where to start? LUCKY FOR YOU — I AM HERE. I’m listing some recently published 2016 … Continue reading Recently Released 2016 Aussie Books You Need To Read