Interview: Sarah Cannata

Sarah Cannata is a professional writer, journalist and best-selling author. She specialises in working with women running their own small to medium businesses. 2016 is going to be a massive year for Sarah who is launching a digital magazine called This Woman Can and releasing her first picture book. This Woman Can is a digital magazine for those looking to delve deeper into the important issues in life. Meanwhile, the Willow Willpower series is for kids aged between 4 to 7 years old and is all about sending positive messages to kids who dare to dream. It will be available…

How to engage with art

It is hard to appreciate art because we don’t really value the ephemeral so much. I notice it at concerts, people taking photographs and filming the acts on their little phones. Sadly, in the dark, these images are of poor quality – you can’t make out anything – and the sound is usually tinny. Even though I doubt the records we make are revisited very often, they’re somehow important. We know our memory fails. We want to prove to the world that we were there. But my experience of true appreciation involves embracing the ephemeral. This might be the one…

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: Jenn J McLeod

Moving to the country over a decade ago to escape the hectic world of corporate communications was like coming home for bestselling Australian novelist, Jenn J McLeod. These days she lives the gypsy life, on the road fulltime and writing heart-warming tales of the Australian country that weave intricate tapestries of friendship, family and love, contemporary human issues and small-town life. Here is an interview with her on her creative influences.   TRM: What were your favourite texts growing up? JJMc: I wasn’t exposed to books as a child. My parents’ idea of keeping me entertained while waiting in the…

On Writing, Dreams and Aspiration

Like many young writers, my process was – and still is – defined much more by frustrations and insecurities than by achievements and improvements. I was trying my best, but still had a lot to learn. I felt the passion of storytelling, but was plagued with self-doubt. Often, it was also an isolating experience. It seems natural, then, that some of the best encouragement I received wasn’t in the form of advice and wisdom. It was the realisation, through talking to other writers, that this was a normal part of growing as a young artist – that creating something which…