On ‘The Dead Man’s Gun’

My piece The Dead Man’s Gun has been published in the May 2020 edition of the ever-mysterious RIC Journal.

The Dead Man shifts and shakes based on mood or the position of the stars – I’m never sure where I will find him or where he will end up, especially in the era of the virus. It is always a thrill to have his deeds and wanderings appear in RIC – thanks to Saudamini, as always.

926 Years reviews + more II

Couple of recent reviews have appeared and both really get to the meat of 926 Years.

Read That Nevertheless Sky We All Live Below by Edwin Turner.

Read An Obscure Constellation by Daniel Davis Wood.

Turner and Davis Wood follow different paths but come to similar conclusions. From David Wood: “To all intents and purposes, the two authors might as well be one.” A real thrill to be written on by two readers I admire a lot.

Sublunary’s publisher Joshua Rothes has also been interviewed at Splice by Davis Wood about the press, how 926 Years came together and on editing Kyle and I. Read Literature More Like Jazz.

Buy 926 Years.

Gerald Murnane – Another World in This One

Gerald Murnane: Another World in This OneMy Paris Review piece on the now-infamous 2018 Gerald Murnane conference in Goroke, Victoria will be published as part of Gerald Murnane: Another World in This One, papers from and inspired by the conference.

The collection is edited by Professor Anthony Uhlmann of Western Sydney University; it was a thrill to be asked by Anthony to have the piece not only included but to be used as the introduction for the book. Also great to be sharing pages with some of the best writers and critics in the country, including Murnane himself.

Gerald Murnane: Another World in This One is published by Sydney University Press on 02 March 2020. Buy the book here.

On ‘Fiction as seduction’

Anne Serre interviewSo here’s that other thing I hinted at in the post on my review of The Fool: my interview with French writer Anne Serre has been published by Asymptote.

Fiction as Seduction is part five of my eight questions with writers series. Won’t go into too much detail but I’ve done the work on way more than five interviews, they just haven’t quite worked out… Anne was an absolute delight to work with.

With thanks to Sarah.

926 Years reviews + more

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Heartening to see a couple of reviews appear for 926 Years within a few days of its release.

Read Wonder Years by Frank Garrett.

Read Older Than Yesterday, Younger Than God by Joe Schreiber.

Read That Nevertheless Sky We All Live Below by Edwin Turner.

Sublunary’s publisher Joshua Rothes has been interviewed at my old stomping ground, 3:AM. Read The Mail Never Stops.

And – inordinately excited about this one – last but not least, Kyle and I, in collaboration with California-based artist Michelle Dyrness and Josh, have created a postcard, the first of its kind for Sublunary. The front features art by Michelle and the back a poem by Kyle and I. Order the book or subscribe to Sublunary’s mail-outs to receive one.

See more of Michelle’s artwork.

Buy 926 Years.

On ‘Reverse Obituary’

Very pleased to say that my piece Reverse Obituary has been published in the January 2020 edition of RIC Journal.

This was inspired by the desire to write an obit of sorts for Kabid and pull all the threads of his life story – i.e. pre-death and before he became The Dead Man – together; the Dead Man died long ago, and has since taken on a life of his own. But also I came across this wacky article in QZ on how envisaging one’s death can help with career goal setting…

Enjoyed the writing of this one a lot, felt the high for days. Thanks to S – as always.