I was very lucky to recently get an opportunity at my day job to talk to amazing author-illustrator Ambelin Kwaymullina about her experiences co-editing the excellent Australian #OwnVoices anthology, Meet Me at the Intersection, with fellow author Rebecca Lim. The anthology is full of gems by authors who are First Nations, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ or living with disability. Ambelin is so incredibly passionate and articulate about marginalised voices, so I highly encourage you to have a listen!
I am the very lucky recipient of a State Library Fellowship this year — the Children’s Literature Fellowship, to be precise. Fellows get a shared office in the historic State Library of Victoria, help with their research from the amazing librarians there, and access to the incredible SLV collections.
The Fellowship is enabling me to research a historical YA novel, a project I’ve wanted to tackle for a long time, but have been quite scared to do so. You can read about my project here, and here are some hints about what I’ll be diving into in the next 12 months.
It was in the middle of this struggle that I realised something shameful. What if I still don’t think of myself, or someone like me, as the main character?Read More
The park is emptier than usual. The light is falling and the grass is already wet with dew.Read More
They have quiet bodies, like cats...Read More
Night is scared to cross the road a bit like me.Read More
I haven’t cried in years.Read More
The second mystery is girls, a mystery that will surely never unravel.Read More
I dreamt today, and on the way down I took a long time without falling far.Read More
People think the sun fell because of them, and them alone.Read More
I’m razor sharp at this time sticky blood racing around my body I am fast fast faster.Read More
My pale skin is a stamp of authenticity in a city full of pretenders.Read More