Review: The Paper House (Anna Spargo-Ryan)

In The Paper House, Anna Spargo-Ryan explores the intricacies of family, grief, mental illness, and what happens when all three of these combine in an unexplainable, incomprehensible manner. Heather, Spargo-Ryan’s protagonist, suffers an incredible loss at the beginning of the novel, and before long, we are swept up on a journey that looks forwards, backwards, and most importantly, inside […]

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I Finished It! (four days ago…)

It’s been four days since I handed in my thesis and it’s still all a bit surreal. I’m still coming to the terms with the fact that after 18 years of education, I am no longer a student – well, at least, until I’m about 30 and decide to do my PhD. It’s been strange […]

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Right of Reply

I’d like to first kick off with a million thank yous and virtual hugs to everyone who read my last piece. I’m just a dork with a website, a blistering desire to avoid completing the third chapter of my Honours thesis, and at the time, with a whole bunch of feelings. You’ve all made this […]

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Dangerous Ideas

Today was my second day at the Brisbane Writers Festival, and my third year working here as part of the team. I’d first attended four years ago, courtesy of a pair of tickets I’d won off Twitter from the ABC. I’ve always loved the atmosphere, the fact that I got to talk to other people […]

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Writing Update

As most of you know, I’ve been pretty busy lately – mainly with the thesis – but I’ve also been submitting to a decent amount of literary magazines/websites. It’s been great to write to and for a range of prompts, in both fiction and non fiction. To that effect, I have a number of pieces […]

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Bronte & Shakespeare – Literary Heroes

This year is the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth, and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Let’s start with Shakespeare – after all, he’s been getting all the attention lately, right? I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Shakespeare’s writing. It really is something special, and I think I knew this even when I […]

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Music, Challenges, and Stories of Hope

Last week, I dragged myself out of my Honours-induced, orange-highlighter-on-unending-lines-of-text haze to listen to some amazing scientists and writers talk about their craft – and they did not disappoint. I was inspired, angered, and excited, often within the course of an hour. I was angered at the ignorance of some in the audience – a […]

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We Are Not ‘Girls’

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day – and today marks the start of the inaugural Queensland Women’s Week. I am very fortunate to be living in an age and a country that allows for the celebration and discussion of such issues, even if they are, at times, drowned out in a sea of other, ‘more important’ […]

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Dearest 20 year old me:

*Before I start – I know that there are a whole heap of other things that have happened in the past couple of weeks that probably warrant more of my time, but I’m also trying to teach myself that self-care is important too, no matter what else is going on. I’m not going to lie. […]

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