Author: Jodie Sloan

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1992 to support Shepparton writers, The Furphy Literary Award decided to expand its reach in 2020, opening its doors to unpublished short stories from writers across Australia.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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ABIA announce 2021 shortlist, with Cate Blanchett to present Book of the Year at star-studded April awards night

April 12, 2021

The Australian Book Industry Awards have just released their 2021 shortlist, with the final winners to be announced at a star-studded event on April 28th at Sydney’s Carriageworks. In an ABIA first, a limited number of tickets to the awards night will be available to the general public. And for anyone who can’t make it […]

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The Princess Theatre, Woolloongabba

The Tivoli team sets their sights on new Brisbane venue, The Princess

April 11, 2021

Queensland’s oldest standing theatre, The Princess, is set for a new lease of life as the team behind Fortitude Valley’s The Tivoli announce the purchase of the Woolloongabba venue. The Tivoli’s owners, brothers Steve and Dave Sleswick, alongside prominent Brisbane businessman Steve Wilson, recently revealed their plans for revitalising the 133 year old Princess, aiming […]

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Book Review: Belinda Lyons-Lee’s Tussaud is a delightfully devious gothic mystery

April 1, 2021

It should have been Marie Tussaud’s greatest success. An automaton, rendered lifelike through her waxworking skills. It would stand, walk, elegantly wave a fan. Even sweeter that it should be Marie Antoinette; the French Revolution had cost both queen and artist plenty. But when her business partner, a magician named Philidor, ignores her instructions, the […]

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Interview: Brisbane burlesque star Trigger Happy talks all things Shreklesque

March 31, 2021

You might know him from America’s Got Talent, but burlesque performer Trigger Happy has added another string to his already well-strung bow in the form of Shreklesque. Yep, you read that correctly. Shreklesque. Blending burlesque, drag, and everyone’s favourite orgre, Shreklesque has been entertaining sold out audiences since its first outing at Perth Fringe last […]

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Night Rooms

Book Review: Gina Nutt’s Night Rooms is a fascinating blend of horror tropes, poetic prose, and personal reflection

March 25, 2021

Shopping mall beauty pageants and wedding anniversaries meet true crime and Victorian taxidermy in Night Rooms, a stunning personal essay collection from Gina Nutt. There’s likely an expectation that, given that she’s writing about it, Nutt’s life is packed with adventure or trauma or something generally monumental. It isn’t. But Night Rooms is no less […]

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Guest Playlist: Set the mood with Riley Pearce’s top 10 love songs

March 19, 2021

After being caught up in Melbourne’s lockdown, indie singer-songwriter Riley Pearce and his long-term girlfriend took two big steps: they returned to Riley’s hometown of Perth AND got a puppy. That sure sounds like love to us! It was also a great opportunity for Pearce to take his first musical deep dive into love song […]

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Track of the Week: Bugs “Diamond” (2021)

March 17, 2021

It’s been a monster six months for Bugs. They’ve shared sold out stages with the likes of Mallrat and Waax, and even made their triple J Hottest 100 debut with their Like A Version cover of Mallrat’s “Charlie”. Now, the trio is back with a new single, and we’re stoked to be naming “Diamond” this […]

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Scribd has entered the Aussie ebook arena

March 17, 2021

US ebook and audiobook subscription service Scribd has officially thrown its hat into the Australian ring – and it’s got Amazon and Audible firmly in its sights. For $13.99 month, Scribd users will get unlimited access to a vast library of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, podcasts, and sheet music. And to sweeten the deal, the Scribd […]

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Brother Sister Mother Explorer

Book Review: Jamie Figueroa captivates with debut novel Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer

March 17, 2021

In the tiny tourist town of Ciudad de Tres Hermanas, brother and sister Rafa and Rufina are slowly unravelling in the aftermath of their mother’s death. But, although Rosalinda has passed away, she is yet to pass on, making her presence known by banging pots and pans and kicking the walls. Rufina sees and hears […]

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Stella Prize announces 2021 longlist

March 5, 2021

Now in its eighth year, The Stella Prize is the latest award to announce its 2021 longlist. Named for celebrated author Miles Franklin, prize’s goal is to address gender imbalances in Australian literary awards, and to celebrate the work of the country’s finest female and non-binary writers. Over 160 entries were whittled down to just […]

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Track of the Week: Devon Kay & The Solutions “Frustrated People of the World, Unite!” (2021)

March 3, 2021

With a single due every month, it was only a matter of time before Chicago’s Devon Kay & The Solutions popped up as one of our Tracks of the Week. After teaming with Less Than Jake‘s Chris DeMakes for a cover of “Big“, the six-piece needed a cracking follow up. “Frustrated People of the World, […]

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Black Sunday

Book Review: Dive in Tola Rotimi Abraham’s stellar debut, Black Sunday

February 25, 2021

Twin sisters Bibike and Ariyike and their younger brothers Peter and Andrew live a comfortable life in 1990s Lagos. But when their mother loses her job and abandons them, and their father gambles away their home and disappears shortly after, it is the twins who slowly take control of the newly orphaned family’s destiny. Switching […]

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ABIA longlist announced ahead of April awards show

February 22, 2021

Well, it’s that time of the year again, book fans! The Australian Book Industry Awards have just revealed the contenders for the 2021 prizes! Here’s all the nominees – get ready to grow your bookish wishlist! Biography Book of the Year A Bigger Picture – Malcolm Turnbull (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Books) A Repurposed […]

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Literary Lion Tamers

Book Review: Delve into the fascinating history of Australian publishing with Craig Munro’s Literary Lion Tamers

February 16, 2021

Covering a century of Australian literature, author and editor Craig Munro has assembled a somewhat motley crew of characters, to celebrate a handful of key figures from the world of publishing and editing. From A.G. Stephens, the “three initialled terror” of the critic world, to Munro’s former colleague, the late Roseanne Fitzgibbon, Literary Lion Tamers […]

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Track of the Week: KAI CULT “Cigarette Burns” (2021)

February 10, 2021

Melbourne post-punker KAI CULT has dropped his follow-up to “Massive Checks“, and it’s another absolute ripper. Mixed by Ashwin Rao of Singapore’s Knightingale, “Cigarette Burns” is a fast-paced slice of frenetic punk. It’s energetic and anthemic, designed to be played loudly or not at all. The accompanying music video is a deliciously DIY affair, shot […]

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Disney+ confirm Star pricing and launch details for Australia

January 29, 2021

With more than 150 TV series, almost 450 movies, and 4 original creations straight outta the gate, Disney+‘s latest expansion is set to double the streaming services offerings from the end of February. Covering more general entertainment than the Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel focused content we’ve seen so far, Star is promising a lot […]

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The Sad Ghost Club

Book Review: Lize Meddings cordially invites you to join The Sad Ghost Club

January 28, 2021

Over half a million sad ghosts follow artist Lize Meddings‘ Sad Ghost Club on Instagram. With a focus on positive mental health and making sure even the saddest of ghosts never feels alone, Meddings’ art has transitioned from screen to page, in the first volume of The Sad Ghost Club. Aimed at younger readers, the […]

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Book Review: Lose yourself in Leslie Thiele’s short story collection Skyglow

January 21, 2021

A woman adjusts to her new urban landscape. A slaughterman comes to terms with the death of his wife. A rodeo ringer blows into town, wreaking havoc. These are just a handful of the eclectic characters, locations, and stories that come gloriously together in Leslie Thiele‘s recent collection Skyglow. Bouncing from the past to the […]

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