Posted on October 14, 2015 by Andrew Cattanach
Marlon James has become the first Jamaican author to win the coveted Man Booker Prize with his incredible novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, a masterfully written novel that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s.
James says ‘The Booker is that thing you hear about, and it just shapes your writing. This is so surreal. I feel like I’m going to wake up or fall into a barrage of tears.’
The novel begins in 1976 as seven men storm Bob Marley’s house with machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but leaves Jamaica the following day, not to return for two years.
Inspired by this near-mythic event, A Brief History of Seven Killings is an imagined oral biography, told by ghosts, witnesses, killers, members of parliament, drug dealers, conmen, beauty queens, FBI and CIA agents, reporters, journalists, and even Keith Richards’ drug dealer.
Marlon James’s dazzling novel is a tour de force. It traverses strange landscapes and shady characters, as motivations are examined – and questions asked – in a masterpiece of imagination.
Grab your copy of A Brief History of Seven Killings here
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Posted on August 13, 2015 by Andrew Cattanach
The Mudgee Readers’ Festival – now in its sixth year – will welcome a number of big-name authors this weekend.
The line-up includes Don Watson, Ramona Koval, Clare Wright, Steven Carroll, Debra Oswald, Wayne Macauley, Bernard Keane and Emily Rodda.
‘Our aim is to run an event that is warm and friendly, and welcoming to all readers. We are so fortunate to have such an incredible line-up of authors coming to Mudgee this year. Whether you have read the books or not, heard of the authors or not, you will be entertained, inspired and informed. The Mudgee Readers’ Festival brings you some wonderful minds and definitely some of the best talent Australia has to offer.’
– Susie Bennett, Chair of MRF said at the program launch
The festival will feature in-depth interviews and panel discussions with authors such as Antonia Murphy, Robyn Cadwallader, Anna George and Peter Watt. A festival favourite – the Long Lazy Lunch – returns on the Sunday, this year with former host of the ABC Radio National Book Show Ramona Koval.
This year the festival has partnered with literary journal Seizure to host Rant, a dinner event on the Saturday night. Rant will be hosted by Seizure’s David Henley and will feature a stellar collection of authors sharing their thoughts about a topic that really gets their goat. Other feature events – free and open to the public – include a huge second hand book fair on the Saturday, new book sales and signings by the authors across the weekend and a regional author feature, Write Around NSW, on Sunday morning. Young readers will get their own special event with popular author Emily Rodda.
Purchase tickets online through Mudgee Region Tourism.
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Posted on July 27, 2015 by Andrew Cattanach
Booktopia’s resident Book Guru and bestselling author John Purcell heads up an all-star lineup at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival.
John Marsden, Bob Brown, Alice Pung, Graeme Simsion, John Clarke, Cate Kennedy, Robert Dessaix, Don Watson, Ellie Marney, Latika Bourke, David Astle, David M Henley, Max Gillies, Paddy O’Reilly, Robyn Davidson, Tariq Ali and The Gourmet Farmer’s Matthew Evans are just a few of the big names featuring in this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival.
Now in its fourth year, the Bendigo Writers Festival has become famous for the close access readers can experience with some of literature’s freshest thinkers, taking place in the heart of Bendigo’s View Street arts precinct.
The festival features more than 70 events in five venues across the August 8 and 9 weekend, from 9.30am on Saturday through to 5.30pm on Sunday.
For more details and to see the full program, go to www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au
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Posted on July 25, 2015 by Andrew Cattanach
They love it when you call them Big Papa.
Wally Collins wins the 2014 Papa title.
Around this time every year Key West is set upon by mature, heavy-set men with full beards in khakis.
It’s time for the annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest!
Hemingway lived in Key West during the 1930s and local bar Sloppy Joe’s, where Hemingway would often be found holding up the bar, has been holding the contest for an incredible 35 years. Around 125 entrants are expected to jostle for ‘The Papa’.
Sloppy Joe’s says it is “looking for mature, heavy-set men with a full beard”, but adds that “several young lookalikes have participated, and some have actually made it to the finals.”
It warns contestants: “Know your competition. The lookalikes arrive in Hemingway garb. Some wear safari outfits, khakis, and even the excruciatingly hot fisherman’s woollen turtleneck sweater. Some bring their own cheering squad. Most contestants admit (confidentially) that they may never win, but return year after year for the fellowship.”
The lookalike competition is just one part of a week long Papa-palooza that rains down upon at Key West every year, with Marlin fishing and short story competitions, readings, book signings and a “running of the bulls” event.
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