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  • Interview with Emilie Zoey Baker: On Poetry August 19, 2018
    As discussed last week, this is the first of the two promised interviews that I managed to salvage from the audio taken at the Williamstown Literary Festival. Here I’m talking with Emilie Zoey Baker, an award-winning Australian poet, educator, slam champion and spoken-word performer. She has toured a lot of the world as a guest... […]
    Karen Andrews
  • The Creative Life Podcast: On Goodbyes August 12, 2018
    The Creative Life Podcast: Episode Thirty-Two This is a significant, soul-searching and (for me) sad episode. Except it’s not a ‘true’ episode because I haven’t got the accompanying audio… the very thing which makes a podcast! I recorded the below without realising that one of the drawbacks of reverting to a free account was that I would... […]
    Karen Andrews
  • 13 Picks for the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival August 6, 2018
    We’re deep into literary festival time of year and coming up fast, from the 24th August to 2nd September, is the Melbourne Writers Festival with new artistic director Marieke Hardy at the helm. Its theme is ‘a matter of life and death’ and there is a lot to go see, spread over a number of new venues.... […]
    Karen Andrews
  • The Creative Life Podcast – Annabel Smith July 31, 2018
    The Creative Life Podcast: Episode Thirty-One Today’s guest is Annabel Smith. She is the author of the digital interactive novel The Ark, US bestseller Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, and A New Map of the Universe, which was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards. She was an inaugural Australia Council Creative Australia Fellow and holds a... […]
    Karen Andrews
  • The Creative Life Podcast – Kate Mildenhall July 25, 2018
    The Creative Life Podcast: Episode Thirty This episode’s guest is Kate Mildenhall. Her debut novel, Skylarking, is based on the true story of Kate and Harriet, best friends growing up on a remote Australian cape in the 1880s, and the tragic event that befalls them. Skylarking was named in Readings bookstore’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016... […]
    Karen Andrews
  • What I’m Reading July 2018 July 16, 2018
    This month is about finishing off books. I needed a few psychological ‘wins’ and moving titles from my Goodreads ‘currently reading’ to ‘read’ list usually provides a nice mood boost. (Tell me I’m not alone here.) This required my having to re-borrow these Twin Peaks titles (twice!) from the library, but I got there in... […]
    Karen Andrews
  • What I’m Loving Lately – July 2018 July 11, 2018
    The combination of school holidays and beginning to write a new book (excite!) has made me a little disoriented. In fact, I had a jolt of surprise when I took a look at the date – how are we almost halfway through July? How will All The Things get done? So to distract myself from... […]
    Karen Andrews
  • Living List Tick – Go To A Drive-In Movie June 25, 2018
    This isn’t going to be my usual Living List goal after-the-fact recall. They are usually quite long because the experiences typically are, and there’s only so much I can write about a two-hour movie. What I will say is we were a little concerned it was going to happen at all as we drove towards the... […]
    Karen Andrews
  • The Creative Life Podcast – Talking About Patreon June 17, 2018
      The Creative Life Podcast: Episode Twenty-Nine Patreon is an ongoing crowdfunding platform. It helps fans and supporters support their creative favourites while offering those artists a stable and user-friendly platform on which to facilitate this model of earning money while engaging with a fan base. A lot of artists are doing very well on it and there... […]
    Karen Andrews
  • What I’m Reading June 2018 June 11, 2018
    No, don’t worry. June isn’t almost over already. I know this post usually comes out at the end of the month, but I’ve moved it forward for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that I have a lot of books on my pile at the moment and it’s helpful to stop and reflect on... […]
    Karen Andrews
  • Speculate Literary Festival + KidLitVic June 3, 2018
    Photo, left to right: Speculate Director Joel Martin, Alison Goodman, Trudi Canavan, Jay Kristoff, Earl Livings I love a good literary festival. Without a doubt, they’ve helped me as a writer, especially in my early years. As I wrote in Trust the Process, “I quickly discovered how valuable festivals are for learning, socialising, networking and... […]
    Karen Andrews
  • What I’m Reading May 2018 May 27, 2018
    The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is a verse novel about a Harlem high school student, Xiomara, who is struggling with her faith, the Church and her mother – all while beginning to navigate the waters of first love. As one who’s struggled with my own issues with being brought up within Catholicism, I recognised... […]
    Karen Andrews