Angus Benson with guest interviewer Vanessa McKinley

June 27, 2011By Bronwyninterviews No Comments

The Column welcomes guest blogger, Vanessa McKinley who has interviewed surfer turned writer, Angus Benson whose story, ‘Down South’ appears in this year’s UTS Anthology. The UTS Writers’ Anthology showcases the considerable talent emerging every year from one of Australia’s most respected writing programs. The Life You Chose and That Chose You is the twenty-fifth … Read More

Spineless Wonders Asks Emilie Collyer

June 20, 2011By Bronwyninterviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? Wow. I admire so many. Three stand out as changing what I knew was possible to do with the form: Haruki Murakami, Margo Lanagan and Ali Smith. Oh and Tom Cho. So that’s four. The way they use language and … Read More

The Column – calling for contributions

June 8, 2011By Bronwynfeature article No Comments

‘Australian websites such as Literary Minded, Spineless Wonders, and Verity La do great things for this country’s literary culture.’ Laurie Steed in conversation with Verity La’s Alec Patric. Want to be part of this exciting literary conversation? Spineless Wonders is currently looking for contributors to its blog, The Column. We are looking for news, reviews, … Read More

Spineless Wonders Asks Melissa Beit

June 6, 2011By Bronwyninterviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? Margo Lanagan.  Ursula LeGuin.  Alice Munro.  Annie Proulx.  David Mitchell.  Cate Kennedy.  Grace Paley.  Daphne du Maurier.  J.D. Salinger.  As a teenager I loved Roald Dahl, master of the gruesome twist… There are huge raggedy holes in my education, which … Read More

First sentences

May 30, 2011By Bronwynreviews No Comments

Listening to Stanley Fish talk about the sentence on The Book Show got us thinking here at The Column about exemplary first sentences from Australian short stories. Here’s what Fish had to say about the opening sentence. ‘It is a promissory note. It telegraphs everything that’s going to follow … It has an angle of … Read More

Spineless Wonders Asks Josephine Rowe

May 23, 2011By BronwynEscape interviews, interviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? Australian: Dorothy Hewett Otherwise: Janet Frame Living: Sam Shepard Dead: Richard Brautigan 2. What is the most memorable short story you have read? And why does it stand out for you? Difficult question, but perhaps ‘Cathedral’ by Raymond Carver. Though … Read More

Interview with Carmel Bird

May 8, 2011By BronwynEscape interviews, interviews No Comments

Most literary awards (Hal Porter, Josephine Ulrick, Elizabeth Jolley) are named after writers who are now dead. How do you feel about the Spineless Wonders short story competition being named after you? Dead or alive, it is flattering to have my work in short fiction recognised in this way. I never actually think that Elizabeth … Read More

Spineless Wonders Asks Julie Chevalier

April 25, 2011By BronwynEscape interviews, interviews No Comments

1.Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? Tillie Olsen, Ernest Hemingway,Alice Munro, Pam Houston, Lorrie Moore, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tina Lupton, Katie Chase, Elizabeth Strout. From Australia, Ryan O’Neill and Sue Taylor. 2. What is the most memorable short story you have read? And why does it stand out … Read More

Spineless Wonders Ask Will Elliott

April 18, 2011By Bronwyninterviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? George Saunders is at the top of the pack, not far behind him are David Foster Wallace and Kelly Link. Karen Hitchcock would be my pick of Australian short story writers. 2. What is the most memorable short story you … Read More