Emma Ashmere

Emma Ashmere’s first novel, The Floating Garden, has just been published by Spinifex Press. Set in 1920s Sydney, it tells the forgotten story of the people whose houses were demolished when the Harbour Bridge was built. A thoroughly modern Australian love story, it is...

Gillian Polack Talks Grammar Basics

Gillian Polack will be teaching Grammar Basics and the Perils of Punctuation on Saturday 11 July. We caught up with her for some insights into the world of editing, grammar and punctuation. What are the common mistakes that you come across in people’s writing?...

I am a Bacha Posh by Ukmina Manoori

‘I come and go across borders drawn between men and women.’ Imagine if your parents told you ‘You are no longer a girl. You are now a boy,’ and you were forced to simply change your identity. Bacha posh is an old, unspoken Afghan tradition that allows families without...

Bapo by Nicholas Jose

The cover of Nicholas Jose’s Bapo, a 19th-century hand-fan, decorated with Chinese characters and a collage of contrasting patterns, catches the eye and invites the reader to open the book, to learn about its author and title, and to delve into the writing. Jose...

Susan McKerihan on Plain English

Susan McKerihan spent 20 years as the Plain English editor in one of Australia’s largest firms, PwC. She has worked with consultants in all disciplines, industries and sectors, helping them write clear and succinct technical and advisory reports. In the lead-up...