What I’m Reading

An ongoing series of Australian writers delving into the authors they’re reading.

What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Emilie Collyer
I am drinking tea, made in a blue enamel teapot. It is lukewarm. I need to either finish or reheat it. I live on Wurundjeri country. Today, this week, I am on Darug and Gundungurra country. I am mindful of ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Sarah Ayoub
Arab-Australian Literature is having a moment. A few months ago, the poet Omar Sakr walked away with a Prime Minister’s Literary Award for his stunning collection, The Lost Arabs (UQP, $24.95), and Randa Abdel-Fattah launched her Coming of Age in ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Lucy Van
You can’t read Hamlet. Try taking it out of your bag in a doctor’s waiting room or sitting on a train. There is no edition out there that can ambiguate that heavy-weight six-letter title or ameliorate the feeling you are ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Sam Coley
I’ve been reading too much; I haven’t been reading enough. We’ve been in a pandemic for a year now and I have whiplash from having to pivot so hard so often. At first it feels like all I read is ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Joseph Earp
Early this year, days after my dog died and before I became lit up with the pale-blue fire of a bout of mania, I became fascinated again with the work of Robert Lowell. As a young man, I had encountered ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Magdalena Ball
For as long as I can remember, my reading material has formed a kind of orbit around me. Every time I read a new sentence, particularly when the book is good, and it’s good surprisingly often, it feels like a ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Sophie Cousins, Sophie Cousins
I didn’t move to Mexico to fall in love. It happened, as love does, unexpectedly. Prior to meeting my partner, I knew that I would have to pick up my long-lost Spanish where I had left it more than 15 ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Laura Jean McKay
The future is now When my brother left home in the 90s for the blinking lights of the IT boom, he gifted me something. I’d grown up with his penchant for sci-fi and intense 70s prog, but this was new: ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Heather Taylor-Johnson
Reading American Literature Readying myself for isolation during the Great Pandemic of 2020, I naturally went to my local bookstore to stockpile necessities, had a heavy discussion with one of the sellers about finally making time to reread old favourites ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Mesh Tennakoon
A Burns Philp general store was my childhood gateway to the world. My parents were based in Kavieng, the main town on the island of New Ireland in Papua New Guinea. The general store commandeered the main street, providing expatriates ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Yumna Kassab
Archetypes: A Reading Guide Books are full of words that are ingested like medicine. Their benefits, largely intangible, linger long after the book is closed. Books are powerful with the capacity to change lives and alter how we relate to ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Alice Robinson
Making sense of pain and chaos My children were returned to me when schools closed last year. At five and seven, their lives had just been uprooted in the wake of family separation, shunting them from a big block in ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Roz Bellamy
Lately, people in my life keep asking me: ‘Do you read fiction at all? Or do you just read memoir?’ The first time I’m asked the question, I smile. ‘Of course I read fiction,’ I reply. ‘Don’t you remember me ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Jennifer Down
The last book launch I went to before the pandemic was for Ellena Savage’s excellent Blueberries. This is also the last book I can clearly remember reading. Earlier today, I opened the notebook where I recorded the titles I read ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Ruth C. Fogarty
The New True Crime: a case for empathy over voyeurism ...the death, then, of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world. – Edgar Allan Poe I am swimming in a deep dark sea of terrible ...