Launching Little Gods

Jenny Ackland's Little Gods

It was my delight and honour to launch Jenny Ackland’s second novel, Little Gods, at Readings Carlton tonight. Here’s my launch speech, which says it all. Update, February 2019: So thrilled that Little Gods has been longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize. Read more here. Update, March 2019: She’s only gone and made the Stella Prize … Read more…

Music to warm a book by

Wallaby at Meow (photo Helen Kettles)

This week we held a bookwarming in Wellington to celebrate the publication earlier in the month of my second novel, The Hope Fault. A bunch of us gathered (like the bunch of people in my book gather) to talk and drink and eat, under the unsettling but appropriate gaze of the wallabies and possums dotted about the … Read more…

Purple Prose book launch and reading

Perth Writers Festival at PIAF

Purple Prose is launching at 2016 Perth Writers Festival (PWF), part of Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF), and I’m one of the contributors to the collection who’ll be reading at the launch.   Purple Prose book launch What do pigeon fanciers, Dockers fans and King George all have in common? In Purple Prose, Liz Byrski and Rachel Robertson introduce 15 new works by Australian … Read more…

A might, mighty night – New Zealand launch of The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

On Saturday 21 September, at Mighty Mighty in Wellington, Dame Fiona Kidman declared “The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, and your mysterious gorgeous character, well and truly launched”. Here’s a taste of how the evening progressed. You can find more photos online here. The velvet curtain backdrop of the Mighty matched the novel’s cover, displayed … Read more…