Matt Wilven was born in Blackpool in 1982. After receiving an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing, he spent the next ten years honing his craft. His part-time jobs in this time included: bingo caller, ice-cream man, fishmonger and paintball operative amongst other weird and wonderful jobs. Fresh from burying a library of juvenilia beneath
Kelly Creighton is an editor, novelist and short story writer from Northern Ireland. She is the author of The Bones of It which was published in 2015 by Liberties Press. The Bones of It was the San Diego Book Review novel of the year in 2015 and nominated for the 2016 Kate O’Brien Award. Kelly’s
Title: The Bones of It Author: Kelly Creighton Genre: Fiction Publisher: Liberties Press Release Date: May 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 240 The Bones of It is a psychological crime thriller set in present day County Down, Northern Ireland. Sixteen years after the Good Friday Agreement, twenty-two-year-old Scott McAuley, son of ex-paramilitary Duke McAuley,
Billy O’Callaghan is an Irish short fiction writer and author. He was born in Cork in 1974, and grew up in Douglas village, where he still resides. His first collection of short stories, ‘In Exile’, was published by Mercier Press in 2008. This was followed a year later by a second collection, ‘In Too Deep’
Title: The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind Author: Billy O'Callaghan Genre: Fiction, Short Stories Publisher: New Island Press Release Date: February 18, 2014 Format: Digitial & Paperback Pages: 228 The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind is a new collection by Billy O’Callaghan that explores everyday existence in the aftermath
Kim Kelly is the author of four novels, all lorikeet-coloured tales about Australia, its heritage and its people. An editor and literary consultant by trade, stories fill her everyday – and most nights, too. Can you tell us some more about yourself, Kim? I’m a book editor in ‘real’ life and have been for twenty
Annika Milisic-Stanley was born in 1975 in the United States to Swedish and Anglo-German parents, but grew up in Britain. In addition to writing and painting, Annika works as a campaigner to raise awareness on the plight of refugees in Southern Europe. Anikka’s debut novel, ‘The Disobedient Wife’ was published in November 2015 and she
Ali MC is a Melbourne-based musician, writer and photographer who grew up in both Australia and New Zealand. He has travelled through over 30 countries and works in inner-city Melbourne researching and documenting Indigenous history. As well as studying his Masters in Human Rights Law, Ali has also worked in remote Aboriginal communities in the
Title: The Neighbour Author: Julie Proudfoot Genre: Fiction Publisher: Seizure / Xoum Release Date: June 3, 2014 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 216 When Luke is implicated in the tragic death of a child, he struggles to assert his innocence to those around him. While the accident invokes haunting memories of Luke’s late brother, who
Author Joan London has won ‘Best Fiction’ in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for her book The Golden Age which is a story of resilience, the irrepressible, enduring nature of love, and the fragility of life. It is set in 1954. Thirteen-year-old Frank Gold, a refugee from wartime Hungary, is learning to walk again after
Title: The Strays Author: Emily Bitto Genre: Coming-of-Age, Fiction, Literary Publisher: Affirm Press Release Date: April 30, 2014 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 244 On her first day at a new school, Lily meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the
Australian novelist Elizabeth Harrower has won the 2015 Voss Literary Prize for her novel In Certain Circles which was published by Melbourne-based independent publisher, Text Publishing. Image courtesy of The Australian. Elizabeth Harrower who was born in 1928 and lives in Sydney withdrew her fifth novel, In Certain Circles, some months prior to publication, in 1971.
Title: The Eyeball End Author: Ali MC Genre: Memoir Publisher: Xoum Publishing Release Date: August 1, 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 254 Beginning with an acid-fuelled night in the Kimberley, the first decade of the 21st century sees Ali MC travelling the globe in an attempt to understand the forgotten corners of the world.
Title: Letters to the End of Love Author: Yvette Walker Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: University of Queensland Press Release Date: July 1, 2013 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 252 Three stories, three secrets, and three marriages are the focus of this brilliantly written and literary debut novel. In a coastal village in Cork in 1969,
Paul Dalgarno is a Melbourne-based author and journalist. He writes mainly about people, including himself, and sometimes sings. His book – And You May Find Yourself – was published by Sleepers Publishing in September 2015. You certainly have had a very interesting life. Could you tell us a little more about yourself? I’ve lived a
Title: Welcome to Orphancorp Author: Marlee Jane Ward Genre: Dystopian Publisher: Seizure Release Date: August 23, 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 130 Winner of the 2015 Seizure Viva La Novella Prize A sharp-edged semi-futuristic riff about a rebellious teenager’s last week at an industrial orphanage. ‘Takes all of your dystopian nightmares and connects them
Photo courtesy of Fairfax Media In one of Australia’s most highly publicised drug cases, Schapelle Corby was convicted of smuggling marijuana on a flight to Bali in 2004 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. She was released on parole in February 2014 but so far must remain in Bali, according to Indonesian law.
Title: Dublin Seven Author: Frankie Gaffney Genre: Fiction Publisher: Liberties Press Release Date: September 19, 2015 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 260 And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. Just left school and keen to assert his independence, Shane loses himself in the tail end of Celtic Tiger
Jane Rawson grew up in Canberra and now lives in Melbourne with a bagel-baking husband and two good looking cats. For money she writes about technology and social justice for a non-profit IT company. Her first novel, A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists (Transit Lounge, 2013) was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award
Title: Formaldehyde Author: Jane Rawson Genre: Fiction Publisher: Seizure Release Date: August 23 2015 Format: Paperback Pages: 188 Formaldehyde is an adorable little book about arm transplants and bureaucracy, two of author, Jane Rawson’s favourite topics. The story is a comic, surrealist puzzle about identity. It includes jokes, cats, swear words and some slightly gross