Month: September 2019

WIN ‘TRIM: The Cartographer’s Cat’

A purrfect giveaway this week! We have THREE copies of TRIM: The Cartographer's Cat up for grabs, a delightful book by Matthew Flinders, Philippa Sandall and Gillian Dooley. Detailing the adventures of explorer Matthew Flinders' much-loved feline friend, Trim – learn about the amazing cat who accompanied Flinders on... read more

How to DIY your own writer’s retreat

Every writer dreams of being able to dash away to the Tuscan countryside for a few weeks of uninterrupted writing bliss, gazing upon distant lush hills, finding inspiration in every cup of coffee, and interacting with kind locals … or something of the sort. The reality is that we all have... read more

Q&A: Manoeuvre vs maneuver

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 manoeuvring... read more

Richell Prize for Emerging Writers 2019 Longlist Announcement

We’re thrilled that five Australian Writers’ Centre alumnae have been announced on the Richell Prize Longlist for 2019. Congratulations to Jennifer Carlisle, Lauren Draper, Kylie Orr, January Gilchrist, and Sarah Fiddelaers. All super talented writers! Over 700 entries were received and 21 writers have been announced on this year... read more

Lesley Gibbes has a hit with ‘Searching for Cicadas’

Above: Lesley Gibbes with her book Searching for Cicadas AWC presenter Lesley Gibbes is no stranger to cicadas. “They are the soundtrack of my childhood,” she says. “My own summertime garden is full of cicadas.” So Lesley didn’t have to reach far for inspiration for her latest picture book... read more

COMP CLOSED: ‘Bake Australia Great’ by Katherine Sabbath

Something to whet your appetite this week and perfect for the foodies (or pun fans). We have THREE copies of Bake Australia Great by Sydney cake queen Katherine Sabbath to give away! This mad-cap collection of edible Australiana will win over anyone with a love for the land of... read more

Q&A: Suffice to say or suffice it to say?

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. Suffice to say, we have... read more

Our favourite 29-word stories…

Last week, we asked you to come up with a story that was exactly 29 words in length. No more, no fewer. But that wasn’t all. We also wanted the first and last word to be the same. And finally, we wanted this story to take us somewhere, somehow... read more

COMP CLOSED ‘The Joy of High Places’ by Patti Miller

This week we have three copies to give away of The Joy of High Places – a soaring new memoir about longing, resilience and delight in the natural world, from Australia’s foremost memoirist, Patti Miller.   In this extraordinary and unexpected book, Patti tells the story of her own long-distance... read more