Spineless Wonders Asks Favel Parrett

April 11, 2011By Bronwyn Mehaninterviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? Short fiction authors I admire (not in any order): Ernest Hemmingway, Robert Drewe, Michael Sala, Petina Gappah, Tim Winton, J.D. Salinger, Oscar Wilde, Junot Diaz, Kerstin Ekman… There are SO many! 2. What is the most memorable short story you … Read More

Spineless Wonders Asks A.G.(Andy)McNeil

March 7, 2011By Bronwyn Mehaninterviews No Comments

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? Recently I’ve been on a bit of a William Maxwell trip and I seem to enjoy his short fiction more than the novels. ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ is the notable exception there, but it’s a novella. I always enjoy … Read More

Spineless Wonders asks Deborah Biancotti

February 27, 2011By Bronwyn Mehaninterviews 1 Comment

1. Who are the short fiction authors you admire (Australian or otherwise, alive or dead)? ‘Admire’ is such an admirably bold word! I admire Terry Dowling and Kelly Link and Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages and Rob Shearman for their short fiction. I admire Paul Haines though I’m also rather *appalled* by his stories (is … Read More

Guest blogger Ryan O’Neill

February 14, 2011By Bronwyn Mehanguest blog 5 Comments

Marcus Clarke’s Offspring In his 1958 essay, “The Prodigal Son” Patrick White railed against Australian fiction as being “the dreary, dun-coloured offspring of journalistic realism.” While it is true that realism has long been dominant in Australian writing, and the Australian short story, there is a long tradition of experimental stories in Australia, as far … Read More

Standing up for short Australian stories

February 14, 2011By Bronwyn Mehanfeature article No Comments

Welcome Welcome to Spineless Wonders’ blog, The Column. Here you will find news, views and reviews from the short fiction scene. In coming weeks we will be posting Spineless Wonders Asks, a series of interviews with short story authors from around Australia. Here at Spineless Wonders, we love quality shorts of any stripe and we … Read More