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Will Hill

by Holly Harper, Childrens' Book Specialist

Department 19 is the new action-packed horror book from Will Hill which we loved – you can read our review here. In the meantime, Will kindly agreed to answer a few questions about vampires, monsters and pneumatic stake launchers.

So, Will, you’ve written an action-packed horror book complete with secret government agencies, vampires and Frankenstein’s creature. Where does an idea like that com

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Andreas Deja, Disney animator

by Gerard Elson, DVD Specialist at Readings St Kilda

During his time as a Disney animator, Andreas Deja has brought to life some of the most memorable animated characters of the past two decades. Gaston, Roger Rabbit, King Triton and Jafar all owe their ‘physical’ charisma to Deja’s skills with a pencil. His latest creations are the august Great Prince in Bambi II and Tigger in the forthcoming Winnie the Pooh. Gerard Elson from Readings St Kilda sp

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Leslie Cannold

by Phoebe Bond

Leslie Cannold, author of the critically acclaimed The Abortion Myth (2000) and What, No Baby? (2005), which made the Australian Financial Review’s top 101 books list, talks to Readings Monthly editorial assistant Phoebe Bond about her third book and first work of fiction, The Book of Rachael.

The Book of Rachael is set in Israel 2000 years ago. In your Author’s Note you mention that you don’t

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Téa Obreht

by Jo Case

Téa Obreht is the 24-year-old writer who has been spending more than her fair share of time in the literary spotlight lately. And for good reason too. Colum McCann says she’s the ‘most thrilling literary discovery in years’, she was named as one of the New Yorker ’s top 20 writers under 40 last year and The Tiger’s Wife - her debut novel - has been received extremely well by critics. Jo Case spok

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Jane Sullivan

by Patrick Allington

Jane Sullivan is best known to Melbourne literature-lovers as the scribe behind the* Saturday Age’s weekly column, ‘Turning Pages’. Now, on the eve of the publication of her second novel, *Little People (the first was White Star, in 2000), we’ll be thinking of her as a novelist first, journalist second. Little People was shortlisted for Scribe’s inaugural CAL/Scribe Fiction Prize for writers aged

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Jennifer Mills

by Jo Case

Jo Case talks to Jennifer Mills about her novel Gone.

You’ve said, ‘My life has been research for this novel’ (though it’s in no way veiled autobiography). How have aspects of your lived experience fed into and inspired the book?

I have been a no-budget traveller in many parts of Australia and the world, and hitched rides with a lot of people over the last fifteen years. Some of them have form…

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Meg Mundell

by Sophie Cunningham

Meg Mundell has been a Melbourne-based working writer for over a decade, with her features published in The Age, The Monthly, The Big Issue and elsewhere, and her fiction appearing in Meanjin and Best Australian Stories 2010. Local novelist and publishing identity Sophie Cunningham, who published Meg’s fiction in her recent role as editor of Meanjin, talks to her about her gripping dystopian deb

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S.J. Finn

by Jo Case

Jo Case talks to S.J. Finn about her debut novel, This Too Shall Pass.

This novel is so firmly rooted in Melbourne and surrounds, with your descriptions of judgemental hippie rural towns, disengaged urban commuters, and details like St Kilda’s date palms, trams and cafes. How important is place to this novel?

Place has been central to me as a writer – perhaps before anything else. It could be …

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Kevin Hart

by Paul Mitchell

Published poet Paul Mitchell, a former Readings Glenfern Fellow, interviews renowned former University of Melbourne poet Kevin Hart about his latest collection, Morning Knowledge.

Your previous collection, Young Rain, was released in 2009, and now Morning Knowledge in early 2011. Does this represent a recent creative explosion?

I finished Young Rain in 2006, and put it away to ferment for a cou…

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Cherise Saywell

by Jo Case

Jo Case talks to Cherise Saywell about her debut novel Desert Fish.

This story is so intrinsically Australian, with its droughts and desert and distinctive imagery. (‘Saltbush clinging bitterly to sand. Sharp blue glitter of sky.’) Yet you wrote it from the UK. Was recreating this distant landscape a challenge, or did distance help fuel your imagination?

Definitely the latter. I was worried …

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