Author: Jodie Sloan

The Stars Beyond The Stone

Book Review: Bonnie Wynne’s stellar The Price of Magic continues with The Stars Beyond the Stone

September 23, 2021

Life seems to have finally slowed for Gwyn. After the battle with Molech Suun, the Clockwork City is in ruins and Gwyn, reluctantly, is one of the figureheads of the movement to rebuild it. But she can’t shake the feeling that her old master Faolan is still alive. And with Scions to destroy and a dangerous […]

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Track of the Week: Foster feat. Chelsea Collins, “run away” (2021)

September 22, 2021

If you like your lazy summer vibes with a side of sharp lyrics and personal growth, you can’t go past the latest from Foster. “run away“, featuring Chelsea Collins, is our Track of the Week, and we think you’re going to love it! Hailing from a musical family and growing up in Nashville, it makes […]

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OzAsia Festival announces new writing and ideas program, In Other Words

September 16, 2021

More than 40 Asian and Australian writers will come together for In Other Words, a new writing and ideas program from the OzAsia Festival team. Curated by Laura Kroetsch, Benjamin Law, and Roanna Gonsalves, the program will run from November 5th to 7th, with guests able to attend either in person at the Dunstan Playhouse […]

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Book Review: Lyndall Clipstone sets the bar high in moody YA fantasy Lakesedge

September 16, 2021

Leta has heard the rumours about Rowan Sylvanan, the monster who drowned his entire family as a boy. But the dangerous young lord of Lakesedge might be the only one who can help her brother Arien, afflicted by a dark and violent magic that threatens to overtake him. But upon entering the grounds of Lakesedge, […]

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Track of the Week: FANGZ “I Don’t Like Me” (2021)

September 15, 2021

Keen for some solid skate-punk to get you through Wednesday? We got you! “I Don’t Like Me” is the latest from Sydney’s FANGZ, and we can’t get enough of it! It’s loud, catchy, and exactly what we needed to hear today. Frontman Joshua Cottreau said: “‘I Don’t Like Me’ is about the version of ourselves […]

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Track of the Week: Gabriella Cohen “Frangelico Dreams” (2021)

September 8, 2021

Spring has sprung, and Gabriella Cohen‘s latest is the perfect track to welcome in the new season. “Frangelico Dreams” offers hazy vintage rock and roll vibes with a contemporary indie twist – just what we need as the sun gets warmer and the days get longer! Fresh from recording in country Queensland while she has […]

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The Liquid Land

Book Review: Raphaela Edelbaur’s The Liquid Land is uncanny and thought-provoking contemporary fiction

August 25, 2021

After her parents die in a car accident, physicist Ruth Schwarz sets off for their hometown of Greater Einland to begin preparations for their funeral. But Greater Einland is a stubborn sort of place, determined to remain hidden from outsiders, with even Austrian officials denying all knowledge of the place. But Ruth is stubborn too […]

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Splendour rescheduled for fourth time, with new dates set for July 2022

August 20, 2021

With the NSW lockdown still ongoing, Splendour in the Grass organisers have made the call to postpone the festival for the fourth time. The 20th anniversary celebration, originally due to be held last year and then later scheduled for November 2021, is now set for July 2022. Splendour in the Grass co-founders Jessica Ducrou and […]

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Book Review: Lucy Holland’s Sistersong is a compelling folkoric fantasy, perfect for fans of Circe

August 12, 2021

The Romans have left Britain, abandoning it to warring tribes and the invading Saxons. Already set to inherit a land torn asunder, the children of King Cador and Queen Enica watch as their parents bend increasingly to the will of Gildas, an influential and dangerous Christian leader. Under his often cruel guidance, the people of […]

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Track of the Week: Varley, “One Two Three” (2021)

August 4, 2021

For this week’s Track of the Week, we’re celebrating “One Two Three“, an atmospheric slice of indie-pop from trio Varley. Based in Berlin, Varley consists of Dublin-born singer Claire-Ann and German bandmates Joschka Bender and Matthias Heising. With influences including Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac, and Phoebe Bridgers, the Varley vibe is at once vulnerable and […]

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Booker Prize announces 2021 longlist

July 27, 2021

The Booker Prize, one of the industry’s most prestigious awards, has today announced it’s 13 strong longlist. To be considered for the Booker, nominated fiction works must be written in English, and published/slated to be published in the UK and Ireland between October 2020 and September 2021. Taking on the daunting task of narrowing the […]

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Antidote announces 2021 line-up, including a brand new emerging writers mentorship

July 21, 2021

Livestreaming from the Sydney Opera House on September 5th, Antidote 2021 promises an exciting and inspiring line-up of speakers for its fifth celebration of ideas, action, and change. Speakers including Elizabeth Kolbert, Benjamin Law, Ronnie Gorrie, Bri Lee, Rick Morton, Cathy Park Hong, and Scott Ludlam will cover a wide range of topics, from climate […]

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A Lair of Bones

Book Review: Helen Scheuerer kicks off a dark new fantasy series with A Lair of Bones

July 15, 2021

Roh is a cyren, living in the lowest levels of Saddoriel, the cavernous, labyrinthine fortress home of her people. The daughter of an infamous criminal, she works as a lowly bone-cleaner, out of sight and out of mind, far away from the upper class cyrens who remember her mother’s crimes all too well. One day, […]

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9 acts you won’t want to miss at Brisbane Comedy Festival

July 9, 2021

Kicking off just as mask restrictions (hopefully!) ease in Brisbane next week, the Brisbane Comedy Festival has got a stellar line-up planned for its 2021 iteration. With so much to choose from, including legends such as Ross Noble, Akmal, Cal Wilson, and Jimeoin, as well as internet sensations Nat’s What I Reckon and Christian Hull, […]

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Book Review: Trek the Pennine Way with Anita Sethi in new memoir I Belong Here

July 7, 2021

After being subjected to a racist attack on a TransPennine Express train, Anita Sethi decided enough was enough. With no one on the train willing to step in and stop her abuser on his vicious tirade, she reached out to train staff and police herself, choosing to speak up for herself in a way she […]

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Anita Heiss

Book Review: Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray is an exquisite piece of historical fiction from Anita Heiss

July 1, 2021

When the Murrumbidgee River bursts its banks and sweeps into the fledgling town of Gundgai, it is Wagadhaany’s father, Yarri, and other Wiradjuri men who come to the rescue of the trapped townsfolk. Now an indentured servant to the Bradleys – a family who, years ago, ignored her father’s pleading not to build on the […]

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Track of the Week: Book Klub “Life of Me” (2021)

June 30, 2021

This week’s Track of the Week comes courtesy of Scottish post-punks Book Klub! With influences ranging from shoegaze to noise-pop and a whole heap in between, Book Klub have been building quite the following, performing in some of Edinburgh and Glasgow’s most iconic small venues. Consisting of Reece Robertson (guitar and vocals), Jack Martin (drums […]

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Yarra Valley Writers Festival returns with a blended online and in-person program

June 25, 2021

The Yarra Valley Writers Festival will once again welcome readers, thinkers, and wine-lovers to Warburton, Victoria in mid-July. Boasting a fantastic line-up, including Kate Holden, Helen Garner, Tony Birch, Kate Mildenhall, Nardi Simpson, Stuart Coupe, Rick Morton, Jessie Tu, Louise Milligan, and more, the festival’s program will be accessible both in-person and online. Rather than […]

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Author Interview: Helen Scheuerer on A Lair of Bones, second series jitters, and building her very own fantasy universe

June 22, 2021

It’s been a little over a year since Helen Scheuerer officially closed out The Oremere Chronicles with short story collection Dawn of Mist. Now, the indie author is prepping for the launch of an all new dark fantasy series, Curse of the Cyren Queen. It all kicks off on July 15th with A Lair of […]

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Infinite Country

Book Review: Patricia Engel’s Infinite Country is a timely read that justifies the hype

June 10, 2021

Talia is on the run. The mastermind behind a plan to escape from a home for juvenile delinquents, her end goal is simple. Reunite with her father and make it to Bogotá Airport in time for her flight to the US. And waiting for her on the other side? Her estranged mother and siblings, and […]

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Track of the Week: Tennis System feat. Chadwick Johnson, “Autophobia” (2021)

June 9, 2021

LA’s Tennis System have teamed with Hundreth‘s Chadwick Johnson for latest single, “Autophobia“. With a new LP (also titled Autophobia) on the way later this year, this glimpse of what’s to come has been dubbed this week’s Track of the Week! The dictionary definition of autophobia is a fear of being alone, and with people […]

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The Beauty of Living Twice

Book Review: Sharon Stone’s The Beauty of Living Twice is a unique and compelling Hollywood memoir

May 26, 2021

Not the typical Hollywood star, it stands to reason that Sharon Stone‘s The Beauty of Living Twice isn’t the typical Hollywood memoir either. For starters, it’s beautifully written. Candid and conversational, it is at times lyrical and evocative, at others harrowing and heartbreaking. Revelations of childhood abuse, Hollywood toxicity, and the agony of recovery sit […]

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Furphy Anthology

Book Review: Enjoy some distinctly Australian yarns in the 2020 Furphy Anthology

May 19, 2021

Established back in 1992 to support Shepparton writers, The Furphy Literary Award decided to expand its reach in 2020, opening its doors to unpublished short stories from writers across Australia. Inspired by Joseph Furphy, author of Australian classic Such Is Life, and the yarns told around his brother’s foundry, writers are encouraged to offer up […]

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Interview: The Local Lesbians talk us through upcoming MELT Festival cabaret Lesbian Love Stories

May 17, 2021

MELT Festival is returning to Brisbane later this month, bringing with it all the queer arts and culture we could possibly want – and then even more besides! Gearing up for a huge night at Brisbane Powerhouse are Ruby Clarke, Chloe-Rose Taylor, and Natasha Veselinovic – otherwise known as The Local Lesbians. Teaming up with […]

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The Rose Daughter

Book Review: The Rose Daughter is the latest addition to Maria Lewis’ Supernatural Sisters squad

May 13, 2021

Dreckly Jones lives by one core rule. Don’t be a hero. She wouldn’t have lived this long without it – and as a 140-something year old sprite that shouldn’t have existed in the first place, that’s no mean feat. But when a group of supernatural beings come to her, begging for help, her resolve is […]

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Book Review: Bronwyn Eley saves the best for last with series finale Rising

May 6, 2021

With the power of two Relics now at her command and with the rebel leader Bellamy finally apprehended, Kaylan has a new challenge ahead of her. In order to rid the world of the corrupting magic of the stones, she must collect all five and destroy them once and for all. But convincing the other […]

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Brisbane Writers Festival

8 events you can’t miss at Brisbane Writers Festival

May 3, 2021

Brisbane Writers Festival is just a few days away, and with a huge range of events both online and at the BWF hub at the State Library of Queensland, we’ve decided to do a bit of the hard work for you! To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of eight unmissable events – though […]

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Book Review: Chelsea Bieker’s Godshot is an engrossing tale of family, fanaticism, and finding your way

April 28, 2021

When Pastor Vern and the Gifts of the Spirit Church bring rain to Peaches, the drought-stricken townsfolk can’t embrace their saviours fast enough. But, as the drought drags on, and her mother is banished, fourteen year old Lacey May begins to question her role in the church that holds such a grip on the Californian […]

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Track of the Week: Hayden Calnin “We Got Gods to Blame” (2021)

April 21, 2021

“We Got Gods to Blame” is the latest single from electro-folk singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin. Infused with hymn-like harmonies that will leave you feeling positively devout, it’s a gorgeous track from the Aussie artist, and a shoo-in for this week’s Track of the Week. When he’s not crafting his own tracks, and sharing the stage with […]

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Book Review: Jennifer Saint’s engaging Ariadne continues the trend for retellings of Ancient Greek mythology

April 21, 2021

Daughter of cruel King Minos and sister to the Minotaur, Ariadne lives a life governed by the fear her monstrous brother instils into the enemies of Crete. Athens, in particular, suffers, forced to send regular sacrifices for the Minotaur, exchanging some of its young people for peace with the island nation. But one year, a […]

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