John Bartlett

Interviews

inetrviewsA selection of interviews with writers, mostly on Geelong’s Pulse FM, 94.7 – books and writing program, ‘The Blurb’ Tuesdays 2pm – 4pm

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Patrick Gale

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Patrick Gale

August 31st I met up with UK writer Patrick Gale at the Melbourne Writers Festival after his session discussing his latest novel ‘A Perfectly Good Man’ (his 14th!). Despite the enthusiasm of crowds of schoolchildren visiting the Ian Potter gallery at Federation Square in the background we managed to discuss the unusual structure of the novel, gardening and what it means to be a gay writer....

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Tony Birch

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Tony Birch

August 24th I met up with Tony Birch at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Tony Birch’s major publications include the novel ‘Blood’ (2011 – shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award 2012), and short stories ‘Father’s Day’ (2009) and ‘Shadowboxing’ (2006). I spoke to him particularly about his short stories just before he went into a session discussing micro fiction....

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Ryan Oneill

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August 3rd 2012: My interview with Ryan O’Neill who was born in Glasgow in 1975. He lived in Africa, Europe and Asia before settling in Newcastle. His collection of short stories ‘The Weight of A Human Heart’ has just been published by BlackInc....

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Richard Ford

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Richard Ford

July 16th 2012. I talk to Pulitzer Prize winning writer Richard Ford about his most recent novel Canada during his visit to Australia. His best-known works are the novel The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land....

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Romy Ash

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Romy Ash

Romy Ash is a Melbourne based writer. Her first novel ‘Floundering’ was shortlisted for the 2011 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and was recently published by Text Publishing. Romy Ash has written for The Griffith Review, The Big Issue and frankie magazine. She won the 2011 GREW award for fiction. ————————————————————————————————–...

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Miguel Syjuco

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Miguel Syjuco

John talks to Filipino-born writer Miguel Syjuco, winner of the 2010 Man Asia Award at 2012 Adelaide Writers’ Week. Miguel Syjuco’s novel ‘Ilustrado’ opens with Crispin Salvador, lion of Philippine letters, dead in the Hudson River. This is an ambitious and daring first novel in which Miguel Syjuco explores fatherhood, regret, revolution and the mysteries of lives lived and abandoned....

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Ron Rash

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Ron Rash

John talks to award-winning writer Ron Rash at 2012 Adelaide Writers’ Week. Ron Rash is the author of three prize-winning novels: One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and two collections of stories. A recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University....

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Megan Abbott

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Megan Abbott

John talks to Megan Abbott, New York crime writer at 2012 Adelaide Writers’ Week. Megan Abbott has taught literature, writing, and film at New York University and the State University of New York at Oswego. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University in 2000, and in 2002 Palgrave Macmillan published her nonfiction study, The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir. She lives in New York City.  ...

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Michael Duffy

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Michael Duffy

February 28th 2012, John talks to Michael Duffy about his recent true crime novel ‘Call Me Cruel’. Michael Duffy is a journalist and novelist and has written two crime novels, The Tower and The Simple Death, part of an ongoing series about detective Nicholas Troy of the Sydney Homicide Squad and his colleagues. Duffy has also written a biography of John Macarthur, as well as a biography/analysis of the rivalry of Mark Latham and Tony Abbott titled Latham and Abbott. His latest work, Call Me Cruel (Allen and Unwin, 2012) is a...

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Geoff McGeachin

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Geoff McGeachin

Melbourne born author Geoffrey McGeachin has spent much of his life shooting pictures for advertising, travel, theatre and feature films. His work has taken him all over the world including stints living in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong. He is now based in Sydney where he teaches photography and writes. His ‘THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL’ won the 2011 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction, presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association, and was also one of ten titles selected for the State Library of Victoria’s...

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