Tag Archives: Gold Coast Literati

Absolutely Faking It

Absolutely Faking It – Tiana Templeman post by Bindi from Southport Branch Library. Tiana Templeman was one of the Literati authors presenting a Master Class across the library branches. Her session on Pitching To Publishers was so interesting that I had to read the book that started her writing career. Absolutely Faking It. It’s a […]

eNews Review – Sideways: Travels with Kafka, Hunter S, and Kerouac

Following is the latest in our series of reviews featured in the Library eNewsletter. If you are not a subscriber, why not sign up to receive the latest news of library events and happenings including author talks, workshops and tasty morsels about what’s cooking in the world on publishing.

Kimberley has provided the following review featured in the September issue of Library eNews.

A fellow colleague suggested I read Patrick O’Neil’s debut novel Sideways: Travels with Kafka, Hunter S, and Kerouac and as I do judge a book by its cover, I couldn’t resist.

O’Neil’s colourful travel memoir successfully captures the spirit of his literary heroes. O’Neil quits his desk job, breaks up with his girlfriend, sells all his belongings and flings himself at the mercy of the world. Here he abandons the popular backpackers route for a Kafkaesque Desert odyssey, a Beat inspired encounter with lawless cops in Rio, and predictably a Hunter S peyote-fuelled panic in the middle of nowhere.

Along the way, this Melbourne local finds inspiration, enlightenment and discovers the way forward isn’t necessarily straight ahead. A thoroughly entertaining, bag packing, flight booking book, where five-star accommodation and comfort looks almost boring.

(Editors note: The very charming Patrick O’Neil was one of the Literati cohort for 2010 and for those who met him, there were many more stories that didn’t make it into the book!)

Author Encounter with Sean Dooley

Sean Dooley is a Melbourne author who has worked as a television comedy writer.  He is a contributor to The Age, ABC Radio and 3RRR, writing and talking about birds, environmental issues, sport and – well, anything really.  But his greatest claim to fame is that in 2002 he broke the Australian bird watching record […]

Author Encounter with Robyn Sheahan-Bright

Robyn Sheahan-Bright was appointed the first Executive Director of the Queensland Writers Centre in 1991 and was also a founding director of Jam Roll Press.  She works as a freelance editor and edited the highly successful young adult fiction book Nightmares in Paradise.  She is the co-editor of Paradise to Paranoia and, most recently, of […]

Author Encounter with Sonia Orchard

Sonia Orchard is a freelance writer and author with a background in classical music.  In February 2002, Sonia published her first book, Something More Wonderful, a memoir about the year in which her close friend Emma was diagnosed with, and lost her life, to cancer. Sonia’s debut novel The Virtuoso was met with high praise […]

Author Encounter with Christine Bongers

Christine Bongers is a former radio and television journalist who began writing fiction in 2003 and is happier and wiser for the experience.  Her work has been short-listed for the Varuna Manuscript Development Awards (2006) and she has a Master of Arts in Youth Writing.  Her highly praised debut novel Dust was published in 2009. […]

Author Encounter with Rosalie Ham

Rosalie Ham studied drama and literature and worked at an amazing variety of jobs before concentrating on writing.  Her first novel, The Dressmaker received high praise for its presentation of the best and worst of country life and is the June selection for book coasters.  She is currently working on her third novel. Rosalie and […]

Author Encounter with Jane Clifton

Jane Clifton is a seasoned actor, singer, radio presenter and general show business all rounder, but is perhaps best known for playing the evil inmate Margo in the long-running television show Prisoner. When Jane turned her talented hand to writing she produced two crime novels with a comedic twist, Half Past Dead and A Hand […]

Author Encounter with Maggie Hamilton

Author and publisher Maggie Hamilton is a regular media commentator and keen observer of social trends.  She has also written a number of works for children including Magic Tricks and Very Tricky. Author of the topical, What’s Happening to Our Girls?, her latest book, What’s Happening to our Boys? is due out in 2010. Maggie […]

Author Encounter with Michelle Taylor

Michelle Taylor grew up in Darwin and Brisbane.  More recently she has lived in Suffolk, Glasgow, London and the island of Madeira in Portugal.  She has been writing and publishing for fourteen years. An accomplished poet and writer with published titles such as the delightful If the World Belonged to Dogs and If Bees Rode […]