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Michael Sala's The last thread is 2013's Pacific Region Winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize

I don’t know about you but I find blogging a challenge when I’m travelling, as I have been for much of May. I love my iPad for staying in touch, but I don’t find it easy to write blog posts on it – either via the WordPress app or the browser. 269 more words

Australian Literature

2013 Commonwealth Regional Book Prize winner

Michael Sala’s The Last Thread has just won the 2013 Commonwealth Regional Book Prize.

I haven’t read it myself, but Sue at Whispering Gums has, and you can… 298 more words

Australian Literary Fiction

Penguin Plays Rough, the book

Pip Smith (editor), This Is the Penguin Plays Rough Book of Short Stories (Pip Smith, 2011)

Since 2008, first in a room in a flat above a convenience store in King Street, Newtown, and then in the front section of a warehouse in St Peters, Pip Smith and her housemates have hosted Penguin Plays Rough – a series of monthly short story readings. 460 more words


Michael Sala's The Last Thread

Dutch is an awkward language. It sounds humorous to me even now, except when someone uses it in anger. When my stepfather cursed, I imagined dirt in his lungs, old black farming earth from the north of Holland, clotted with blood and bone. 

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The Last Thread, by Michael Sala, Affirm Press 2011 — a review

Martin Shaw of Readings Monthly described this novel as ‘gutsy, moving, beautifully wrought and utterly compelling’.  In this memoir-as-fiction, first novelist Michael Sala recalls his early life in Holland and his life in Australia after his family immigrated here in the 1980s. 413 more words


Careful or I'll Put You In My Book

By Tamara Hunter

There’s a great UK website specialising in gifts for writers and one of them is a t-shirt which says: ‘Careful or you’ll end up in my next novel’. 1,700 more words


Michael Sala's The Last Thread

I read this the other week but it’s taken me this long to sit down and write some thoughts here — it always takes a while to kick into gear after a break, doesn’t it? 1,216 more words