First up, congratulations to A.S. Patric who has won Australia’s major prize, the Miles Franklin, for Black Rock White City, which we reviewed here:
And three cheers for Patric’s publisher, the small independent Transit Lounge. Although he’s a prize-winning short-story writer, the major publishers wouldn’t even read his book because they thought it wasn’t marketable.
Here’s some other interesting stuff we’ve come across:
Aspiring writers longing for a national book tour should read this hilarious account by Cynthia Ozick in the New York Times:
I once went to a writing seminar where the teacher gave us the opening of Tobias Wolff’s autobiography and asked us what we thought happened next*:
August 12 was the anniversary of William Blake’s death in 1827. In celebration of this marvellous man, here are two of his poems: