Over the years, my website has accumulated an archive of short pieces of prose,
each of which can be read in the time it takes to drink a cup of tea. Most deal
with the art and craft of writing, though some wander away up side paths. This
archive can be accessed via the
Because my love of images is almost as great as my love of words, I post
whatever catches my eye to
I can be
direct or through my literary agent. I hope you find
something on the site to enjoy.
This week I've been in conversation with two lovely writers,
both of whom have
posted our chats on their websites.
Emma Ashmere's new short story collection
Dreams They Forgot
will be published
by Wakefield Press on 1st September 2020.
Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Emma's short stories have been widely
published including in
Overland, Review of
Australian Fiction, Sleepers Almanac, Etchings, Spineless Wonders,
Commonwealth Writers literary magazine
She was shortlisted for the 2019
Commonwealth Writers Short Story Award, 2019 Newcastle Short Story Award,
2018 Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize, and the 2001 Age Short Story
Emma lives in northern New South Wales and my conversation with her can be
Rachael Mead is a poet, writer and arts reviewer living in South Australia.
She's had an eclectic life, working as an archaeologist, environmental
campaigner and seller of books both old and new. She has an Honours degree in
Classical Archaeology, a Masters in Environmental Studies, a PhD in Creative
Writing and is an affiliate of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at
the University of Adelaide.
She is a novelist and poet, and her debut novel
The Application of Pressure
was released by Affirm Press in May 2020. Rachael has published four collections of poetry:
The Flaw in the Pattern
(UWA Publishing 2018),
The Sixth Creek
Press 2013) and the chapbooks
Sliding Down the Belly of the World
Press 2012) and
The Quiet Blue World
(Garron Publishing 2015).
to see what Rachael and I chatted about.
I'm delighted to announce the publication of my novella
The epigraph in the book comes from a scientific paper on the movements of
starling flocks, and when I chose it I had no idea how uniquely applicable it
would become to the strange time we are living through right now.
The change in the behavioural state of one animal affects and is affected by
that of all other animals in the group, no matter how large the group is.
Lives merge and diverge; they soar and plunge, or come to rest in impenetrable
silence. Erris Cleary's absence haunts the pages, a woman who complicates other
lives yet confers unexpected blessings.
Fly far, be free,
urges Erris. Who can
know why she smashes mirrors? Who can say why she does not heed her own advice?
'With beautiful, clear-eyed insight,
charts lives edging towards
revelation or despair. The women at the heart of these stories have the poise
and mystery of figures in paintings. We're drawn into intimacy with them
through the grace of Carol Lefevre's benevolent vision and quietly assured
Michelle de Kretser
'Beautifully conceived and composed,
presents a series of stories
that intriguingly fold into each other. There is not a false not here, not a
single word out of place, not one detail that is irrelevant. By the end of the
novella, the hidden griefs, fears and desries of people who are connected but
emotionally estranged are revealed in such subtle, unexpected ways, you will
want to re-read it straight aweay, and then again, and again.'
Unfortunately, the launch planned for
had to be cancelled, but
here is a short
that introduces the book.
can be ordered from your local bookshop, or direct from Spinifex
Press. Due to the current restrictions Spinifex are selling all books at a 20%
discount and with free postage too. Click
to order your book.
See the Canberra Times review
THE HAPPINESS GLASS
It was wonderfully uplifting, as the old year drew to a close, to receive a
cluster of positive reviews. In November
The Happiness Glass
was Pick of the
and Cameron Woodhead wrote this generous book review.
‘It is no surprise that Amy Witting is one of Lefevre’s literary heroes, and
Lily’s voice possesses a steely wit, intellectual curiosity and emotional
intelligence fans of Witting will be struck by. It’s a book limned and enriched
by feminist thought, probing how women must run rings around literature (and
often life) to write themselves into it.’
November 24th, 2018
The Happiness Glass
also crept into the Books of the Year list in
picked by writer and academic Jill Burton, alongside books by a
raft of wonderful writers.
‘Lefevre delicately, hauntingly, blends fiction and essay in an
interrogation of learning, loss and love.’
The Weekend Australian
, December 22-23, 2018
Other reviewers were universally generous in praising
The Happiness Glass.
‘With seamless skill, Lefevre blurs boundaries between memoir and fiction. Her
poetic prose is infused with melancholic beauty, and she writes of home, of
belonging and of memories lost — and of what it is to be a woman in a
Katherine Arguile, 20th December
Indaily Arts and Culture
In the online journal
Angela Wauchop has written a long review, of
which this is an extract.
‘The Happiness Glass is one-of-a-kind, with its part memoir, part fiction
structure. Yet no section of this insightful and heart-breaking book does not
resound with a deep truth, and the air of greatly-moving accuracy.’
You can read the full review by following the link:
The Happiness Glass
is published by
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Longer posts on all things literary.
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