Review: Snow by Gina Inverarity

In a climate change-affected dystopian setting, recognisable as the author’s home of New Zealand although not explicitly named, Snow is a young teenage girl whose stepmother wants her dead. To this end, she tasks a hunter with taking Snow into the forest near their mountain chateau, killing her and bringing back her heart as proof.… Continue reading Review: Snow by Gina Inverarity

Review: The Republic of Birds by Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller’s second novel, The Republic of Birds, is a meticulously written, profoundly feminist story of exile and power. It takes place against a landscape conjured out of Russian folklore and nineteenth and early twentieth century history, and draws its storybook magic from the tropes of middle grade fantasy even as it vigorously interrogates them.… Continue reading Review: The Republic of Birds by Jessica Miller

Literary Life: an interview with Caroline Magerl

Caroline Magerl knows a lot about adventure. This October she is on a mini-adventure of sorts, working in Adelaide as a May Gibbs Fellow and anticipating the November release of Nop, her third picture book as writer-illustrator. It’s part of a literary and fine arts career that has taken the Queensland-based artist to London, New… Continue reading Literary Life: an interview with Caroline Magerl

Literary Life: an interview with agent Dyan Blacklock

On a wall in writer and literary agent Dyan Blacklock’s kitchen hangs a small watercolour, rendered in inky blues, of two people sleeping blissfully in a boat on a starry night. Its feeling of warm, enveloping magic is characteristic of the work of its artist, children’s illustrator Kim Gamble. Gamble was a close friend of… Continue reading Literary Life: an interview with agent Dyan Blacklock