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How do you know if you’re really Australian?

In 2018, I moved from Perth to Alberta, Canada. While now having moved back again, I caught up with Sydney-based author Ashley Kalagian Blunt who made the same journey but in reverse - from Canada to Australia - and wrote a book about it! Ashley’s new book, How to be Australian (2020, Affirm Press), tells… Continue reading How do you know if you’re really Australian?

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Is “Vodka and Apple Juice” a book about Poland, or a book about Australia?

Armchair Travel Through Fiction, is the title of one of the sessions I’m appearing in at the When Words Collide readers and writers festival in Calgary, Alberta, August 9-11. It’s made me think, what would I say about writing a faraway place - as the session outline promises - “accurately, vividly, and with sensitivity”? My… Continue reading Is “Vodka and Apple Juice” a book about Poland, or a book about Australia?

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Things that surprised me about living somewhere it gets to minus 35

You know those people who say, 'I don't mind the cold, I just dress in layers'? Those people have not lived anywhere truly cold. When it's minus 35, dressing is not about layers. It's about having a bloody big coat. Preferably one that comes down to your ankles, with a hood, and a flock of… Continue reading Things that surprised me about living somewhere it gets to minus 35

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Everything I need to know about writing I learned from Wife Swap USA

"It all started with WifeSwap USA," said no-one aspiring to be taken semi-seriously as a writer (or human being) ever. Yet, in a roundabout way, I have an episode of that reality TV show to thank for a lot of what Vodka and Apple Juice is. And a lot more besides. One explanation, coming right up.… Continue reading Everything I need to know about writing I learned from Wife Swap USA