I am my first book: @burgewords reports from #bwf16

We were inside the building. We belonged, inasmuch as new students belong in new classrooms when they change schools UNDER the general theme of ‘belonging’, the 2016 Brisbane Writer’s Festival (BWF) set itself up with few boundaries, and writers have been rushing to traverse the intentionally unfenced territory across the city. As an independently published author, I was pleased to find the door open to my memoir, which has national significance for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex (LGBTI) equality movement. It was written in Queensland about the battle to maintain my next-of-kin status after the death of my same-sex spouse in New South Wales in 2004. But my indie book about […]

Part 3 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Rolling coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Mathias knew nothing. What Mitch knew. Send in the cops. Medicare thaw. They took our jobs and growth. . (May 22, 2016) Day 15 – Mathias knew nothing Senator Mathias Cormann didn’t know about the raids Senator Mathias Cormann has given us all a break from his ‘jobs and growth’ three-word slogan to tell us he knew nothing of the AFP investigation into NBN leaks and thinks current politician entitlements are fair. Paul Karp reported, “Finance minister says rules that allow MPs to claim both travel allowance and tax deduction for the same property are […]

Coming out in the cold: @burgewords reviews #Carol

The wait for enlightenment will be long, and the darkest, pre-dawn hour lies ahead. WITH nothing more complex than a series of firmly-closed doors, the film Carol takes a powerful dramatic turn that subtly gives two women the space to explore their attraction. When Therese (Rooney Mara) slips into the passenger seat beside Carol (Cate Blanchett) and shuts out her fiancé, they leave him blinking on the kerbside. Soon after, Carol’s old flame Abby (Sarah Paulson) firmly shuts her front door on Carol’s estranged husband (Kyle Chandler), leaving him awkwardly-framed through a small window. But it is the shutting of the door between the two protagonists – closed by Carol against […]

Hanging on a red herring: @burgewords reviews #PicnicAtHangingRock

The answer to what drew Miss McGraw to follow the girls up the rock that timeless afternoon was always there, it’s just that others decided we were not prepared for it. FORTY years since the premier of the Peter Weir film, it’s time for Australians to realise that Picnic at Hanging Rock has kept us completely fooled for five decades. This evocative screen mystery burst into our consciousness the same spring that the constitutional crisis of the last months of the Whitlam government left Australians in an altered state. The original novel by Joan Lindsay was similarly about the impact of sudden change. When three schoolgirls and a governess do […]

Two books, one story: @burgewords reviews @RodneyCroome on #MarriageEquality

IN every writer’s life there comes a time when a piece written by someone else renders our own contribution unnecessary. After exploring the issue of marriage equality in my country for more than a decade, Rodney Croome’s new book has finally done this for me. From This Day Forward: Marriage Equality in Australia is an aggregation of Croome’s major writing on the marriage equality debate to date, including updates on his 2010 contribution to Why Vs. Why: Bill Muehlenberg and Rodney Croome debate Gay Marriage (Pantera Press). But Croome’s collection is much more that; it’s the best document Australia has to move the debate – finally – into legislation. The […]

#QuestionableDeeds in action: @burgewords in conversation with @margokingston1

WHEN I asked Margo to help me launch my non-fiction debut Questionable Deeds: Making a stand for equal love and my first collection of short stories Closet His, Closet Hers, Tony Abbott was still Prime Minister and marriage equality remained on the never never. When we met this week at Avid Reader bookshop in West End, Brisbane, I remarked to Margo that much had changed, although a free vote on marriage equality for same-sex attracted Australians had been traded for power by yet another prime minister. What ensued was a fascinating night of insights into the ongoing debate, the changing of hearts and minds, and the nature of writing about pain, loss and politics. […]

Lily Weinberg from @Wilderness_Aus on why #Environment Award for Children’s #Literature

The books we ingest as children shape the values we carry as adults. They help to start conversations about the cultural differences and the changing norms of places, time periods, and the status quo. I’ve based my personal and working life on trying to keep fossil fuels in the ground and protect the places we love from the impacts of climate change. It is one of the many reasons why I encourage educators, parents, and children to read books that discuss nature and conservation. I have been a voracious reader ever since I can remember – in fact, even since before I could really read. There is video footage of me […]