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Working from the wound: Interview with Jeanette Winterson

JeanetteWintersonAbandonment, love, loss, creativity and madness are all themes in Jeanette Winterson’s new memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? The celebrated author, who packed out the Sydney Opera House recently as a guest of Sydney Writers’ Festival, spoke with Katrina Fox about finding the gifts in our places of hurt, the importance of the sacred – and why men should be forced to wear high heels for one day each year.

A passion for crime: Interview with Val McDermid

Val_McdermidBestselling crime writer Val McDermid’s latest thriller is set in the UK’s Oxford University with an all-lesbian cast of characters. During a recent Australian tour she sat down with Katrina Fox to talk about violence, lesbian writers, why crime novels and TV shows are so popular and why journalism has little to do with writing.

WomanSpeak poetry book

Womanspeak authorsWomanSpeak is a collection of poetry that ‘explores topics where the great men of literature never dared venture’: the inner workings of a woman’s mind throughout her life. Sarah Hannah Fisher chats with writers Louise Nicholas and Jude Aquilina.

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