Tuesday, August 30, 2011

More Cold Comfort

One of my favourite novels is Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. It's clever, witty, but never cruel. The heroine is forthright and wise. There's little not to love in the novel. The film adaptation is also excellent.

Quote: "It's bad to be dewy-eyed around smart people, but you can always secretly despise them."

I've been so excited seeing Gibbons' other novels being re-released by Vintage Classics (see an article about it here). I've already devoured Nightingale Wood, which is a brilliant twist on Cinderella, complete with cheap silver dancing slippers. I'm now working through Starlight, which is a surprisingly gentle, wry novel about being old.

And, incidentally, you can catch a little snatch of my own fiction in The Voyage, which is available as a free - yes free! - e-Book (just click that link). Here's the blurb for the book:

The Voyage is an innovative new anthology of writing by staff and postgraduates from both Monash in Australia and Warwick in England. It includes, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama and most other forms of creativity you might imagine.

It also includes a fairy tale.

It actually came upon me as a surprise. I was looking through my google search results for D'Aulnoy and my name came up!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Exhausted, but happy

Tights & Tiaras is over. Well, apart from a few post conference thank yous and chores. A very weary, but brilliant team of conference organisers have all been dispatched to their homes.

We had a fantastic time. The presenters were great, the discussion lively, and everyone incredibly friendly and supportive. It's such a pleasure to run an event where the participants are enthusiastic and good natured. I dare not single out any particular panel or paper, because I enjoyed everything I had a chance to sit in on. We even managed to Skype one presenter in from the US - it didn't go horribly wrong!

We were surprised by the media interest. No, that wasn't me in The Age. It may have been a couple of other members of the team, though. We had people on drive time radio, Karen Healey, our keynote speaker, did a spot on The Book Show, and we have some more media coming up. It appears people are interested in female superheroes. This can only be a good thing!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Just in case you forgot!

It's next week! Slightly nervous now!