Month: March 2016

COMP CLOSED: Win Jack the Ripper true crime!

This week’s giveaway takes us to the ‘True Crime’ corner of our prize cupboard (it’s true – we really do sort it into corners) and Bruce Robinson’s rather chunky investigation of one of history’s most notorious killers. In They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper, Bruce brings... read more

Q&A: Sure vs Surely

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, it’s all... read more

Q&A: Imminent vs Eminent

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, we’re charged... read more

Q&A: I better vs I’d better – which is correct?

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, what’s Bruce... read more

33 of the best Irish jokes

Happy St Patrick's Day!
In celebration of St Patrick’s Day this week, we’ve searched the interwebs high and low (okay, maybe not too low) for “turty-tree” of the best Irish jokes around. Luckily for us, Irish folk are more than happy to have a chuckle at themselves – so feel free to... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win Hester & Harriet by Hilary Spiers!

This week’s giveaway is the book Hester & Harriet – the story of two widowed sisters who move into a cottage together in a pretty (but boring) English village. Yet one Christmas, all that appears to change – and a chance encounter turns their lives upside down. As the book’s... read more

Q&A: Show me the money! Or monies? Or moneys?

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre (AWC), we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, it’s... read more

Paradise found with author of “new adult” novels CJ Duggan

author cj duggan with her books
Back in 1987, Guns N' Roses wrote “Take me down to the Paradise City, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty.” Nearly 30 years later, author CJ Duggan writes of another Paradise City – in coastal Australia – where the grass may not be quite so green, but the... read more

Q&A: People vs Persons?

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, it’s the... read more

34 Writing Festivals to visit in 2016

Once upon a time, there were very few festivals about writing. And if they did exist, they were reserved for the large cities and the focus was very much on the guest speakers. However, in recent times a shift has taken place. There are now dozens of festivals dedicated to... read more

Bernadette Schwerdt’s Book Launch Breakfast

When it comes to publishing a book, every celebrated author knows they have to master the art of online marketing. 50 Shades of Grey started as an ebook and found a massive online audience, before it became a paperback. Online publishing sensation Amanda Hocking, also emerged from obscurity to best... read more