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The Stella Prize 2017

So the most remarkable thing happened. The Museum of Modern Love has been longlisted for the 2017 Stella Prize – the stellar award for women writers in Australia. This year the judges have focussed their attention on non-fiction and 9 formidable works of memoir, biography, history, social narrative and journalism have been longlisted. Plus three […]

5 favourite works of art – on RN Books & Arts Top Shelf

Michael Cathcart and Radio National’s Books & Arts have a lovely section called Top Shelf. In this 10 minute edition I’ve shared a few cherished memories across art, film, music, novels and a Mary Oliver poem

Why falling in love with great literature matters …

The Mercury published an edited version of a speech I recently gave to The Friends School. If you have a budding (or languishing) reader, this might prove useful. The whole speech appears in a previous blog below. Happy reading.  This lovely image with thanks:

‘in a playful way this bold new novel by Heather Rose is an astute meditation’

Here is the review for The Sydney Morning Herald by the wonderful Louise Swinn for The Museum of Modern Love. Also written for The Age.

‘more than just a rare treat’ – review in The Age

Here is the review for The Age by the wonderful Louise Swinn for The Museum of Modern Love. Utterly unexpected and totally appreciated. This review also appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald – see above.

‘audacious and beautiful’ – The Museum of Modern Love reviewed in The Australian

Some of you may have already discovered the works of Dominic Smith. His latest novel is the Last Painting of Sara De Vos and it’s a beautiful read. Dominic very generously took time to review another book about art in The Australian newspaper. The Museum of Modern Love reviewed in the Australian

RN Books & Art in conversation with Heather Rose

Here is Sarah L’Estrange on Radio National’s Books & Art having a chat with me about writing The Museum of Modern Love – and how real life events created a world of characters and ideas.

Why reading great literature matters

Not long ago I was asked to judge the Jean Yates Writing Prize for 2016 for year 11 & 12 students at Hobart’s Friends School.  Along with the awarding of the prize, I was asked to give a speech about why reading matters. It caused a bit of a stir – so here it is in full.  […]