Spineless Wonders asks Sue Booker

April 17, 2012By BronwynEscape interviews, interviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? Those who spellbind me not just in a few of their stories (like Raymond Carver) but all through each collection they put out, like Amy Hempel, David Foster Wallace and Western Australia’s Chris McLeod. 2. What is the most memorable … Read More

The Column – one year on

March 29, 2012By Bronwynfeature article No Comments

In the past year we’ve had 11,000 visitors to our blog. We’ve posted interviews with 45 top writers of short Australian stories as well as discussions, reviews and essays on what’s new and what matters in the short fiction scene. So, why not join us … Spineless Wonders is looking for contributors to The Column. … Read More

Spineless Wonders asks SJ Finn

March 19, 2012By BronwynEscape interviews, interviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? Annie Proulx, Elizabeth Jolley and Carson McCullers are a few of the many writers I admire for their short fiction. From a closer position I’ve gained knowledge and been influenced by collections such as Anson Cameron’s, ‘Nice Shootin’ Cowboy’, Tim … Read More

Spineless Wonders asks Pierz Newton-John

March 11, 2012By Bronwyninterviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? There are so many! But some who spring to mind include Anne Enright, Wells Tower, Peter Carey, Alice Munro, Raymond Carver, Borges, Kafka. 2.What is the most memorable short story you have read? And why does it stand out for … Read More

Spineless Wonders asks Sam Cooney

March 5, 2012By BronwynEscape interviews, interviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? Ryan O’Neill, Eva Hornung, Peter Carey, Jessica Au, A.G. McNeil, Amanda Lohrey, Frank Moorhouse Gerard Murnane, Denis Johnson, David Foster Wallace, Doris Lessing, Donald Barthelme, Jorge Luis Barthes, Miranda July, Michael Cunningham, Raymond Carver. 2. What is the most memorable … Read More

Spineless Wonders asks Michelle Cahill

February 27, 2012By BronwynEscape interviews, interviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? I admire Cate Kennedy’s short stories, Maria Takolander’s psychological fragility, Nam Lee’s compelling realism and the fantasy in Tom Cho’s writing. I also like Roberto Bolaño, Sushma Joshi, Aravind Adiga, Jhumpa Lahiri. And of course I’ve loved reading Chekov, Borges, … Read More

Spineless Wonders Asks Jon Steiner

February 20, 2012By BronwynEscape interviews, interviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? Well, David Foster Wallace, for one, obviously. Here are some others: ZZ Packer, Robert Drewe, Jhumpa Lahiri, Grace Paley, Sam Shepard, Richard Yates. But also, I often read a story somewhere that totally blows me away—in the New Yorker, or … Read More

Spineless Wonders Asks Kate Geyer

February 13, 2012By BronwynEscape interviews, interviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? Miranda July, ZZ Packer, Alice Munro and Josephine Rowe. 2. What is the most memorable short story you have read? And why does it stand out for you? I read Helen Garner’s collection of short stories ‘My Hard Heart’ about … Read More

Spineless Wonders Asks Yin Lin

February 6, 2012By BronwynEscape interviews, interviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? I’ll confess straight up and say that I actually don’t read a huge amount of short stories. Most of the short fiction I’ve read is from high school. I like Cilla McQueen, Apirana Taylor, Katherine Mansfield… Hm, my English teachers … Read More