Category Archives: Uncategorized

looking back/looking forward…

A big thank-you to everyone who has contributed to, or read,
looking up/looking down in 2018.

May the New Year bring you
good health,
good books
and good company!

Amanda x

IMG_E5404

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Year’s end…

As 2018 draws to a close, I am feeling… well, a few things, really.

First of all, a bit exhausted. It’s been a busy year in which, among other things, I’ve seen a manuscript through to publication (such a neat, glib statement that belies the enormity of the process!), given many talks, conducted a gallery walk (a first for me), taken part in panels, readings and conversations, given four launch speeches, visited book clubs, recorded podcasts, interviewed writers, been interviewed myself, presented workshops, judged a young writers’ competition, mentored a writer, and been nominated for a national award.

I’m grateful to everyone who, in ways large and small, has been part of the wonderful tapestry of 2018—too many to name here, but I know, and see, and appreciate, every one of those threads. Thank you!

On the whole, 2018 has been good to me. But I’m aware that hasn’t been the case for everyone. If you’re one of those people, I hope the coming year is gentler. And whatever it is that has helped you through this one—courage, stubbornness, friends, books, chocolate—may there continue to be an abundance of that.

I am looking forward to meeting 2019. There are exciting book-related events coming up. And a journey to the top of the world. A novel to finish. A reunion with friends. A road trip around a wild coast. And a couple of momentous family events. Who knows what else?

For now, I’m signing off for 2018. Thank you for reading looking up/looking down, for your comments, for your kind messages throughout the year, and…

christmas 2018

 

12 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Happy Bastille Day…

100_5551

Taken not on Bastille Day but on a snowy January day in one of the coldest Paris winters of recent times.

 

 

 

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

A few Paris angles…

…because it’s Friday, and why not?

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

P1150910 P1150859

P1140563 P1150276

P1140346

P1140632

 

4 Comments

Filed under Kathleen O’Connor of Paris, Uncategorized

As we leave 2017 behind…

Happy New Year to readers and writers everywhere 🙂

Here’s to kindness and the spinning of webs…

P1190337

 

8 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Farewell to 2017…

2017 has been, for me, a year of overlapping intensive research and the task of drawing the threads of that research together. All of that has left me little time for anything else, but here’s a wrap-up of what happened in and around that work.

Events

During the year, I had the opportunity to speak to the Curtin Writers Club (that’s Curtin University, not my own private gang!), Edith Cowan University students studying The Sinkings as part of third-year unit ‘Diverse Voices in Literature’, the Karrakatta Club, the Bassendean Wider Vision group, Lakelands Library (part of the Write Along the Highway festival), and several book clubs who chose to read The Sinkings or Elemental.

I also conducted a workshop on editing for the lovely Out of the Asylum Writers group, and took part in UWA Publishing’s very successful WA Writers Professional Development Day (part of the WinterArts program).

Thanks to all for inviting me.

Travel

Research took me far and wide, to London and New Zealand and, closer to home, to Albany and Mt Barker in Western Australia’s South West, and I worked like a demon during a four-week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland.

P1180633

National Art Library, London

P1210122

West coast, NZ South Island

P1190202

Writing desk, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland

Reading

Although I’ve read constantly for research throughout the year, time for other reading contracted to almost nothing. But in the last few weeks I’ve read, and loved, Hannah Kent’s The Good People (historical fiction at its finest), and Sarah Krasnostein’s absorbing and lyrical biography of Sandra Pankhurst, The Trauma Cleaner.

This year I also discovered an Irish writer who has gone straight onto my favourites list: Nuala O’Connor. I read two of her novels, You and Miss Emily, and her 2017 short story collection Joyride to Jupiter, and am looking forward to a new novel forthcoming in 2018.

Blogs

Guests on looking up/looking down during the year were Nicole Sinclair (Bloodlines), Tracy Farr (The Hope Fault) and Julia Lawrinson (Before You Forget), each speaking about their wonderful new novels. All of them would be great book club choices.

I was invited to contribute guest blogs for two writer friends: Maureen Eppen’s ‘Shelf Awareness’ series (on the parlous state of my to-be-read pile and what you’ll find on my many bookshelves) and Lee Battersby’s ‘Precious Things’ series (in which I talk about a ring my father found at a ghost town). Thanks for having me, Maureen and Lee.

Looking ahead

I will be featuring, in the first few months of 2018, new novels by Michelle Johnston, Louise Allan, Laurie Steed and Susan Midalia, with others to come throughout the year. And of course the Perth Writers Festival, newly styled as Perth Festival Writers Week, is coming up in February.

And I am looking forward to introducing my new book, the culmination of all the research I keep mentioning, later in the year. More on that later.

In the meantime, thanks so much for reading and warmest wishes…

Wishing you a safe and happy Christmasand a wonderfulNew Year!Amanda x

26 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Did you know…

buying a local book

1 Comment

December 6, 2017 · 1:49 pm