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The author’s to-be-released debut novel
Troppo recently won the City of
Fremantle T.A.G Hungerford Award.
What’s your connection to Indonesia,
and what role did it play in Troppo?
I was bewitched by Indonesia on
my first trip there as a 16-year-old. I
couldn’t articulate why, but I’ve tried to
do it with Troppo. Then a girl I used
to play netball with was killed in the Bali
bombings. That’s when my relationship
with Indonesia shifted from an intense
personal engagement to something
bigger. That was the start of me trying
to interrogate Australians’ connection
with Indonesia – so many people return
again and again, and I think there’s
something more compelling than just
cheap nasi goreng and good surf.
You wrote the book while living in
Java – what was that like?
Absolutely the best year of my life.
I had a beautiful little writing room on
the top floor of the house my partner
and I rented in the village. It was really
special to feel so welcomed. I think
that warmth is something that makes
Indonesia different from other places
I’ve been to.
You describe Indonesia as “magical”
– is that the black magic that features
in the book?
Definitely. It really intrigued me, living
in Indonesia. I heard stories about this
black magician in the village a couple
of years ago who got on the wrong
side of people and was killed and had
his house burnt down. I heard stories
about people ‘going fishing’ – they
were taken out in boats and chopped
up with machetes. It makes for a really
gripping place to be!
WORDS WITH WINE
That’s definitely w-i -n -e ,
not w-h -i-n -e – you won’t
hear us complaining
about this free monthly
event, which hosts
authors to talk about
their new books and
take questions over
wine and cheese. South
Perth Library, ongoing,
RIVER READERS &
This three-day literature
fest sets talks and
panel discussions from
high-profile writers in
lush parkland. Creative
juices, start flowing!
Margaret River Cultural
Centre, May 29-31,
Ever crafted a particularly
witty tweet and thought,
“Hey, this writing thing
ain’t so hard?” Confirm
your talents (or lack of)
with this instructor-led
online creative writing
course. UWA Extension,
online, beginning Jun 17,
Jul 15, 6488 2433.
New offerings from WA writers and publishers
By Brendan Ritchie, Fremantle Press, $19.99
Tension brews when four teenagers find themselves
trapped inside Carousel Shopping Centre (our worst
nightmare, too) in this coming-of age novel with depth.
By Guadalupe Nettel, UWA Publishing, $22.99
Animals behave as humans in these five dark, delicate stories, which use creatures
like cockroaches and Siamese fighting fish to reflect aspects of human nature.
OUR LIFE, OUR JOURNEY
Compiled by Debbie Henderson, Margaret River Press, $24.99
The Family Inclusion Network of WA spent two years working on this book, which
gives a compelling insight into the lives of families with children in state care.
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/books
Three local authors have had some good news recently. Brooke Davis was shortlisted
for the ABIA Fiction Book of the Year for her debut novel Lost and Found; Joan London
is on the Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist for The Golden Age; and Annabel Smith
has basically been guaranteed bestseller status in the US with news that her novel
Whisky Charlie Foxtrot was chosen by Target as its book of the month for last April.
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