Old Scores - new reviews and The Perth Freight Link 'The Monthly' article

In the lead-up to the recent sate election I penned an essay in The Monthly on the political processes behind the flawed and destructive Perth Freight Link Project, which can be linked to here -

As well, two new reviews for Old Scores are just in:

Old Scores - first media, first reviews and launch

We'll be launching Old Scores down at The Buffalo Club @ 54 High Street, Fremantle, on Wednesday November 16. Freo MP Josh Wilson will be doing the honours.


The first radio interview, with 6PR's drivetime host and crime writer Adam Shand, can be found here -


You'll find the full list of reviews on the Reviews page, but here is a taste of some of the early ones:

Old Scores - first review and release date

The release date for Old Scores, my new Frank Swann crime novel set in 1980s Perth is November 1, although the first review is in and quoted here:

New publications

I've been away from the blogging desk working on several forthcoming projects, and so have been doing most of my posting on Facebook, but here are a few recent publications:

2014 Patricia Hackett Prize for 'The Cook'

A big thanks to the judges of the Patricia Hackett Prize for awarding it to 'The Cook' this year. Some of the alumni are enough to make me blush - Kim Scott, Bruce Dawe, Michael Wilding, Terri-ann White, Peter Porter, Joan London, Marion Halligan. And more recently, my colleague and friends Deborah Hunn and Laurie Steed. It's great to see a genre crime story on the list of winners.

City of Canning War Memorial Inscription

I was recently asked to write an inscription, essentially a 'Wish for Peace' for the new City of Canning War Memorial, by local artist Susanna Castleden. Here's the terrific Paul Daley, contextualising it in discussions around Anzac Day, and including the full inscription:


Griffith Review 47

The new WA focussed edition of the Griffith Review is out - featuring new work by Kim Scott, Steve Kinnane, Sean Tan, Amanda Curtin, Jacqueline Wright and many more. As usual with the Griffith Review (I haven't had an essay with them since 2006), it's a terrific mix of reportage, fiction, poetry, art and essays in this case looking at Western Australia, past and present. My own essay is called 'Worm in the Bud', looking at WA crime and crime writing, and can be found here -

Westerly - Vol 59.2 - 'The Cook'

It hasn't been the best year for blogging, due in part to four writer's festivals, judging three writing competitions,working on  four commissioned stories and articles (and the inscription for a war memorial), reading some dozen manuscripts from friends and some more formal mentoring, reviewing books for the ABR, twenty-odd speaking engagements about the place and most importantly, working on my new crime novel, 'Old Scores'. My most recent publication is a longish short story called 'The Cook', published in the latest edition of Westerly.

Perth - The Sydney Morning Herald review, the Perth Writers Festival and new radio interviews

Here's a link to the full Sydney Morning Herald/The Age review, by Gail Jones, which came out last week -

The week prior to that I chatted with Margaret Throsby, on ABC Classic FM, and Richard Fidler, on Radio National about the book, before a terrific session with Kerryn Goldsworthy a the Perth Writers Festival. The links to the radio interviews can be found in the interview banner above...

Perth - the Weekend Australian review

Here's the link to the review of Perth, the latest in New South's terrific city series (I recommend them all, without exception), by Richard King in the Weekend Australian, Dec 7 - 

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