Toni Whitmont review: The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna and other winners from the Sydney Writers’ Festival

For a literary festival that was built around the theme of power, the Sydney Writers’ Festival, which finished up on Sunday night, certainly packed a punch. In fact, its opening salvo, an address given by Pakistan’s Fatima Bhutto, appropriately called Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, set the tone for what was a week long exploration of power and passion.

With topics that ranged across all genres and all ages, the giants were all there. Whether it be AC Grayling and Cassandra Clare, they were all on offer for readers to meet and greet.

And the best thing about the festival? The fact that more than 80,000 people who generally indulge in that most solitary of habits – reading – came out in force to Continue reading

Kim Scott, author of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Winning – That Deadman Dance, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru Asks

Kim Scott –

winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best book in south-east Asia and the Pacific for That Deadman Dance

and author of the Miles Franklin Award Winning Benang and True Country

Ten Terrifying Questions

UPDATE: Kim Scott has won
the 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award – details here


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

Born in Perth, Western Australia, but moved to Albany when I was three or four years old and did all my schooling there. Albany is my home town.

My father’s family had lived a couple of hours drive east of Albany, at what’s now Ravensthorpe for the generations since its proclamation, and lived in the vicinity since human society was formed there. But Ravensthorpe has a bad rep with most Aboriginal people today because of a lot of killing that occurred there in the earliest years of its colonisation. I didn’t even know about it until I was a young adult. There’s much food for thought, contemplating one’s Aboriginal family raised in those circumstances, having reconciled themselves with Continue reading


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