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Articles tagged “interviews”

Horses, Looms and Secret Gardens: a Q&A with the author of The War I Finally Won

If you haven’t read Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s marvellous Newbery Honor Book, The War That Saved My Life, you need to, because her just as wonderful sequel, The War I Finally Won, is finally out now.

We sat down with the amazingly talented Ms Bradley and asked her a few questions about the writing process and about Ada (no spoilers, we promise!). 

Meet Melanie Cheng, author of Australia Day

Australia Day by Melanie Cheng is most likely sitting in all its brilliant glory out the front of your local bookshop right now. And there are many good reasons why the winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript is receiving recognition: 

‘Melanie Cheng is an astonishingly deft and incisive writer. With economy and elegance, she creates a dazzling mosaic of contemporary life, of how we live now. Hers is a compelling new voice in Australian literature.’ Christos Tsiolkas

We interviewed Melanie and found out several interesting things about her new book as well as getting a sneak peek at the original cover design...


Q&A with Vikki Wakefield, Author of Ballad For a Mad Girl, Plus a Giveaway!

Text is utterly thrilled that Ballad for a Mad Girl by the ever-talented Vikki Wakefield is out this month. It’s a chilling and gritty portrayal of a teenage outsider and life in small-town Australia. 

We cornered Vikki and demanded she answer all of our questions on pain of stormwater pipe! She not only kindly told us everything she knew, but has also offered up an exclusive giveaway to her most fanatical fans (that’s us!). For your chance to win a signed set of Vikki Wakefield books, keep reading!

The Six Day War: Fifty Years On. A Land Without Borders by Nir Baram

This week marks fifty years since the Six Day War between Israel and her Arab neighbours. In those few days, between 5 and 11 June, 1967, when Israel captured the Golan Heights, the Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, hundreds of thousands of people became refugees and fled, mostly to Jordan.
In A Land Without Borders, the Israeli novelist and political activist Nir Baram describes his travels around the West Bank and East Jerusalem, tracing the Green Line which demarcated Israel from her neighbours after the war of 1948. 

Writing and researching mediaeval fantasy (and demons): interview with the 2015 Text Prize winner

Kimberley Starr is the winner of the 2015 Text Prize for Young Adult and Chilren’s Writing. Her mediaeval fantasy novel, The Book of Whispers, is a thrilling quest with a kick-ass female and male protagonist—and set in the eleventh century during the Crusades. It’s energetic, lots of fun and a thoroughly satisfying read suitable for ages fourteen and up.  

The Deadly End of a Marriage—An Interview with Anja Reich-Osang, Author of The Scholl Case

The Scholl Case is the true story of a man convicted of the brutal murder of his wife. They were considered the perfect couple, married for almost fifty years. We spoke to award-winning journalist Anja Reich-Osang about her experience writing this gripping story.

Creeping Wallpaper and Imaginary Friends: A Q&A with Jessica Miller, Author of Elizabeth and Zenobia

Elizabeth and Zenobia is a wonderfully mysterious middle-grade adventure story about friendship and courage and the power of imagination. We had a chat to debut author Jessica Miller about her inspirations for this enchanting novel.

What does it mean to be ‘not quite Australian’? An interview with Peter Mares

Today, there are more than a million temporary migrants living in Australia. They work, pay tax and abide by our laws, yet they remain unrecognised as citizens.

Graeme Simsion Chats to Midge Raymond About Her Debut Novel, My Last Continent

My Last Continent by Midge Raymond is an unforgettable novel of love and loss, set against the dramatic landscape of Antarctica. Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, described it as ‘an original and entirely authentic love story...It recognises that love is seldom simple or exclusive, and that the things that bring us together can also keep us apart.’ He had the opportunity to ask Midge Raymond a few questions.

Encountering Conflict: Simon Barnard Answers Some Questions from Year 12 Students at Whitefriars College

Simon Barnard, author of A–Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land and the upcoming Convict Tattoos, was interviewed by Jill Fitzsimons, Learning Leader of English at Whitefriars College, and her Year 12 Whitefriars College English class. 


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