I think all writers have a weakness for the picturesque. That's good in capturing your reader and putting them in vivid landscapes. But it must be tempered, certainly in the case of non-fiction books, with a search for the truth, which isn't always pretty or grotesque or extreme. Laurent Shervington interviews Mei Fong.
A novel is usually published as YA not necessarily because of its themes or subject matter, or even the age of its protagonists, but because editorial, sales and marketing people think it will sell best if it is labelled as YA. Prema Arasu spoke to Garth Nix ahead of his appearance at the Perth Writers Festival.
Whatever I feel it is definitely not excitement; it is a huge responsibility for every citizen and inhabitant of this place to even witness what it might be turned into. Pema Monaghan spoke to author Marwa al-Sabouni
Hosted by Kate Noske, Peter Rose, Lucy Dougan and Dennis Haskell shared their poetry with the audience, proffering beautifully crafted words that were at times alight with humour and at others studded with deep pain. Bryce Newton reviews.