Month: May 2014

Gift idea: Scented candles named after books

We love these gorgeous scented candles. Whether you want some mood lighting for a cosy night in, or to burn a citrus scent for some zing in the office, the great thing about these candles is that each of them are named after a well-known book! From Murphy &... read more

Picture this … new competitions

September's Write Around the Murray Festival has announced a couple of writing competitions – one national and one local. The first is open to all writers and provides you with inspiration in the form of eight images. You may choose one or more to base your story on (up to... read more

Join Valerie for a Tweetchat: Thursday 29 May 12 noon

Suzi Dafnis from the wonderful Australian Businesswomen's Network has organised a Tweetchat with Valerie Khoo on Thursday 29 May. This is a chance for anyone to ask Valerie questions in real time (via Twitter) about writing your own book. You'll have to be succinct – because your question will... read more

Graeme Simsion’s "The Rosie Project" wins Book of the Year

Congratulations to Graeme Simsion on winning Book of the Year for The Rosie Project! This was announced at the 14th Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) in Sydney on 23 May 2014. FROM MEDIA RELEASE: Other big winners included the recipient of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, The Luminaries by Eleanor... read more

Grief & denial could win you dollars

Announcing two new writing competitions – each with one word themes. Both offer plenty of scope - and plenty of prizes. First up is the 'Grieve' writing competition - returning for its second year and presented by Hunter Writers Centre in conjunction with the National Association of Loss & Grief. Created to honour... read more

Student Success: A publishing deal with Allen & Unwin and two first-time feature writers

Here’s a snippet of an email we received recently from Robyn Windshuttle of NSW: “As a previous student at AWC, I thought I’d let you and your team know that my manuscript has been picked up by Allen & Unwin and my book, Dancing with A Cocaine Cowboy...a true story of love and life with a Colombian drug trafficker, is scheduled to be on the shelves in October. I was given a sizeable advance and there is talk of international sales. It's very exciting for me.”

7 Questions: Josephine Moon on her ‘foodie fiction’

Josephine Moon is an Australian author whose debut novel, The Tea Chest, prompted a hotly contested auction between several publishers. The manuscript was eventually published my Allen & Unwin. Josephine describers her novel as "like a chocolate brownie – indulgent, comforting, a treat for the senses, but filling, and with chunky nuts to chew on." Josephine started her writing career as a journalists but had always wanted to write fiction. She also spent time teaching English and working as an editor. For many years she experimented with a number of genres, writing and publishing a number of short stories. She began work on her first novel in 2007 and is now working on a second for Allen & Unwin. She lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland with her husband and young son.