Interview: Rebecca Bowyer

Rebecca Bowyer is a Melbourne copywriter, content writer, blogger, book & theatre reviewer and historian. She’s currently working on her first novel, set in a future when children are parented by professional Maters and Paters. This interview is part of our series investigating where creative people draw their inspiration from.   TRM: What were your favourite texts growing up?  RB: I’ve always loved Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn chronicles and read everything by John Marsden that I could get my hands on, especially Tomorrow, When The War Began. Their characters felt real – I could easily imagine myself into the story –…

Interview: Rohit Kumar

This interview with Dr Rohit Kumar, a cosmetic plastic surgeon, is part of our ongoing series which looks into how creative people draw inspiration from pop culture.   TRM: What were your favourite texts growing up? RK: Growing up I always gravitated towards adventure novels. Willard Price’s “adventure” series was always a great choice and I remember the thrill and challenge amongst myself and my friends to try and complete a collection of his entire series. The stories were about two teenage brothers travelling the world collecting animals for their father’s zoo and the challenges they encountered. It’s probably a…

Interview: Susanne Gervay

Awarded the Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award for her body of work by the International Literacy Association, Susanne Gervay is recognized for her youth literature and writing on social justice. Susanne’s young adult Butterflies is recognized as Outstanding Youth Literature on Disability, while her acclaimed picture books are recognized for their engagement with disability, inclusion, multiculturalism and peace.   Her I Am Jack books have become rite-of-passage on school bullying, adapted into an acclaimed play by Monkey Baa Theatre, it continues to tour Australian and US theatres. Susanne’s books are endorsed by Room to Read, bringing literacy to the children of the…

Interview: Joseph Sims-Dennett

Joseph Sims-Dennett (Director, Writer, Producer) was born in Oxford, England with a pathological film obsession. In 2009 Sims-Dennett established Sterling Cinema and produced his debut feature film Bad Behaviour in Queensland which went on to win numerous awards on the international film festival circuit including Best Director and Best Screenwriter at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival 2010. Following the success of Bad Behaviour, Sims-Dennett relocated to Sydney where he forged a creative partnership with Josh Zammit. Together they wrote and produced their first collaborative feature Observance, which premiered at the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival and screened out of competition at…

Five Great Things to Read

Here’s a small collection of work on the themes we like most: pop culture, identity, and meaning. On the latter theme, Helen Razer asks in The Saturday Paper (potential paywall) whether all pop culture has to mean something. She turns her gaze in particular to reality television and writes: If it hadn’t been made to matter so much, it really wouldn’t at all. Big, disagreeably wholesome programs such as My Kitchen Rules or The Voice or MasterChef would just peddle the ideology of aspiration in the background. Smaller, agreeably depraved programs such as Australia’s Next Top Model would offer us the pointless…

Hidden Voices of History

For me, the most fascinating thing about looking into the past has always been the multitude of stories which make up history. It’s these narratives which draw me in, rather than detached facts or analysis. Many of my favourite books are historical fiction because of how it walks the line between being imaginative, by transporting me to other places and times, and being relatable, through the realism of the settings and conflicts faced by the characters. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee is a historical fiction novel which both immersed me in unfamiliar world and gave me opportunities to recognise…

Interview: Lisa Cox

Lisa Cox is an award-winning writer (author, copywriter, blogger and word nerd) who has spent many years traversing the corporate communications landscape in Australian advertising agencies. In 2005, shit really hit the fan and Lisa spent over a year in hospital (the first time). Part of her vision and 9 of her fingertips were taken away but nothing would take her passion for writing and creativity. Since then, Lisa has published 2 books and continues to create and write on a freelance basis. She is also a public speaker, consultant and caffeine addict. This interview with her is part of our…