Marissa Price: #Robinpedia

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‘A second book is different to the first one. People give you leniency in primary school, because you’re young and inexperienced.’

Marissa Price is an Australian reader, writer, and criminal mastermind. I know that last one seems like clickbait but she does have a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She writes YA crossover.

Into the Abyss: Vault of Veronica is Marissa’s debut novel and takes Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet then puts it through a grinder. Best of all, it has Australian characters with Harriet Hunter, a woman from Tasmania, as the central character. She is sucked through a portal from modern Tasmania into Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juilet. The follow up to this novel is Into the Abyss: Scourge of Scotland. This time Marissa tackles Macbeth. The abyss is full of Shakespeare – so many of my past year nine students would agree with this sentiment. These books examime how seemimgly simple decisions can set off a cataclysm of results leading to more complex and fraught choices.

When she’s not being sucked into literary vortexes Marissa Price heads up The Literature Factory. The Literature Factory provides both tutoring for children and publishing assistance for adults. The tutoring devision designs individual support programs for children to help bolster their weaknesses, and play to their strengths and interests. Their are six specialised tutors with different skill sets. The publishing division helps connect authors with editors, artists, printers etc.

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Robert Lukins: #Robinpedia

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Robert Lukins is an Australian journalist, writer, drinker of instant coffee and nemesis of Sarah Schmidt. To be honest I’m not sure which one of these is his crowning glory (why am I now thinking of childbirth?) so I’m just going to tackle them in the order stated.

The name Robert means famed or bright and shining. Adding to this Lukins is a variant of love. It is perhaps this auspicious name, famously loved, that has given Lukins the edge when it comes to forging his career. And to be perfectly honest he needed this extra bit of luck to counteract the fact that he used to style his hair in a greasy approximation of The Rachel (yes from Friends). As an art researcher and journalist his work has been published in The Big Issue, Rolling Stone, Crikey, Broadsheet, Writers Bloc and Overland in spite of his questionable hair choices.

Quick break to take a few deep breaths. I’m starting to have a mild panic attack. I kinda, sorta talked this entry up.

Now I’m feeling a lot of pressure to do a good job and we all know that I’m not up to it. I’m no David Grann. Oh God, what have I done! Definitions of names? Hair styles? Nobody cares, Robin, nobody cares!!!!

Onto Robert’s authorial endeavours. Robert, or Rabbie as nobody calls him, became inspired to write by The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 1/2 by Sue Townsend.

This was the cover when I read it.

I can testify that this was a cracking good novel as I read it and its sequels several times in primary school. Robert identified closely with the titular character, unappreciated author Adrian Mole. This steady devotion to Mole has culminated in Lukins’ debut novel, The Everlasting Sunday, being published through UQP this year. It has been endorsed by Lucy Treloar, author of Salt Creek. The novel is a book about growing up and growing wild. Yes you can expect a review from me to pop up next month.

Onto the instant coffee issue. Robert swears by International Roast and drinks NOTHING else.

As I said, he loves it and it is his exclusive drink of choice. In fact he swears by it. He uses it as a salve for aching wrists, a facial scrub to freshen his skin, and as a topping on toast. He loves International Roast so much so that other writers must bring him cans of it as tribute in order to be allowed to bask in his divine radiance.

Award winning philosopher and author Damon Young looking totally thrilled to be buying IR for Robert Lukins.

However, you can’t please everyone and Robert Lukins has gathered some enemies along the way for his Adrian Molesque, International Roast swilling tendencies. Most notably would be crime obsessed, road-kill aficionado, Robinpedia alumni, author Sarah Schmidt who has declared Robert Lukins her literary nemesis for 2018. I must admit that I thought this babe in the woods would be a dead duck for sure when stuck in the sights of the Shmidtinator. Even her book trailer is effing terrifying.

However, I have to say that Robert Lukins has shown some spirit and really impressed me on the nemesis front. Far from running away, hiding in a closest and sobbing uncontrollably, he has taken the front foot.

This is just impressive on so many levels, mostly because like Xena he embroiders. Such a bold strategy to engage in voodoo right off the bat. Bravo. Make sure you keep your eyes on both Robert and Sarah’s Insta and Twitter profiles to see how this all unfolds. I don’t want to talk it up but this is going to be more epic than Gore Vidal versus Norman Mailer.

In his spare time he enjoys signing books in a hot room, sitting all alone in a hot room, and pretending to be MacGyver. He built a humane moustrap out of pencils and stickytape, true story.

Photo stolen from his website. Photographer is Eve Wilson.

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Happy Birthday Mr Dickens and Congratulations NSW State Library and the NSW Dickens Society

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Today is Charles Dickens’ birthday and the State Library of NSW have celebrated by making a big announcement in conjunction with the NSW Dickens Society. Sydney has won the bid to host the Dickens Fellowship Conference, it’s now in its 112th year. Last year was held in Cararra, Italy and the year prior Aberdeen, Scotland. The 2018 conference will be held during Australia’s glorious springtime from October the 25th through to the 30th in Sydney.

The announcement was made in Centennial Park beneath the life-sized statue of Dickens as part of the birthday celebrations that the NSW Dickens Society have arranged. As it turns out, NSW doesn’t just love Dickens, he loves us too. He reportedly encouraged people to move to NSW and sent his two sons to live here. Consequently Charles Dickens holds a special place in our hearts.

When I spoke to Walter Mason, vice-president of the NSW Dickens Society, he commented,

It makes my heart sing that there are still enough people out there sufficiently excited about 19th century literature to make an even like this happen. As part of the organising committee I can tell you that hosting this conference in Australia is a very big deal indeed – we are a small society and a long way from the rest of the world, so the whole thing has been the enormous undertaking. But worth every minute – and our President Louise Owens has already put in hundreds of hours of work over the past few years to make it work, We have a stellar lineup of speakers covering fascinating topics. And what I love about this conference is that it’s NOT for academics and specialists – it is for everyone who loves books, writing and literature. We are all enthusiastic amateurs, and it is in that spirit we have created this event.

Dickens enthusiast and Booker Prize winner Thomas Keneally is heading up the impressive line-up of speakers. He will be discussing his fascination with Dickens oldest son and exploring his life in Australia. Other conference highlights include exploring the Dickens Museum, a trivia night (wine? Yes please), displays in the NSW State Library, and a banquet at Vaucluse House which sounds incredible.

What fabulously exciting news to celebrate Charles Dickens birthday! I have... great expectations for this event. I’ll leave you with some Charles Dickens quotes to warm the rest of your day.

Louise Allan: #Robinpedia

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Louise Allan is an Australian writer from Perth who keeps writers in her attic.That sounds weird and a bit scary but I can explain…. She’s a big fan of Stephen King’s Misery. Kidding! You see, it’s more of a metaphorical attic. That’s right, attics can hold more than madwomen, they can also hold writers.

Writers in the Attic is an author spotlight that Louise Allen hosts on her blog. It is an online space where writers chat about their writing processes and what has helped shape them become the writer that they are. It has hosted heavy weights such as Natasha Lester, Tess Woods, and also the likes of MEEEEEE.

In January of 2018 Louise Allan released her debut novel, The Sisters’ Song, through Allen & Unwin. It is set in rural Tasmania in the 1920s and explores intergenerational trauma and familial bonds. The unpublished manuscript of The Sisters’ Song was awarded a Varuna residential fellowship in 2014 AND shortlisted for the City of Fremantle-TAG Hungerford Award. It has been positively received by both critics and readers. It currently has a rating of 4.5 on GoodReads with over 70 ratings.

Louise Allan is a former doctor, grew up in Tasmania, and now resides in Perth. She has a passion for music, performing in the musical Godspell and singing with the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is published by Allen & Unwin, represented by Lyn Tranter of Australian Literary Management, and loved by many.

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Danielle Binks: #Robinpedia

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Danielle Binks: #Robinpedia

Danielle Binks is an Australian YA/MG writer, blogger, and literary agent. She is also a passionate advocate of Pacey’s Creek. That’s right, Pacey’s Creek not Dawson’s Creek. Don’t even start me.

As part of her commitment to young adult literature Danielle Binks is one of the driving forces of #LoveOzYA. #LoveOzYA is a community of writers, teachers, readers, editors, and pretty much any people who seek to raise the profile of young adult literature in Australia. People, it’s a community of people. Danielle Binks is the editor behind Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology published through Harper Collins. This best selling book consists of short stories by writers such as Amie Kaufman, Elli Marnie, Jaclyn Moriarty and Gabrielle Tozer, and came in at number 3 for The Book Club ABC’s audience favourites of 2017.

Continuing on with her love of MG and YA fiction Danielle Binks has partnered with Jacinta Di Mase Management to become AGENT AT LARGE. That’s right, she’s free and out in the WILD!!! Won’t somebody think of the children? Danielle Binks has expressed her desire to see submissions from diverse writers, subversive speculative fiction, contemporary novels which are progressive, graphic novels, strong verse novels, and short story collections. Read all about which books she is looking forward to in 2018 here.

Danielle Binks is a highly regarded writer in her own right placing 2nd in the 2011 John Marsden Prize for Young Writers, highly commended in the Bayside Writing Competition in 2013, Yen short story winner in 2014, 2nd in the Rachael Funari Prize for fiction 2015, and her short stories have appeared in Voiceworks Magazine, The Necklace, Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, and Betanarratives. Cementing these already impressive achievements Danielle Binks’ writing features regularly in Kill Your Darlings, Dymocks, #LoveOzYA, Newswrite, Junior, Stellar Prize School Blog, Wheeler Centre, and Daily Life.

And if ALL those achievements aren’t enough for you, she also has the blue tick of legititude on twitter.

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Lynette Noni: #Robinpedia

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Lynette Noni is an Australian writer, Disney fanatic, and survivor of the zombie plague (yes, really). She is the author of the popular Medoran Chronicles and supporter of the #LoveOzYA movement. So far this year, and it’s only January, she has been shortlisted for the Dymocks Top 101, and made the finals of the Booktopia Australian Favourite Author Competition. World domination is scheduled for May, obvi.

Image found on Lynette Noni’s website.

The Medoran Chronicles is a Young Adult fantasy series published through Pantera Press that follows the journey of Alex Jennings, a 16 year old who goes from being nervous about her first day at a new school to literally stepping into a new world. Doors, never trust them.

Lynette Noni grew up on a farm in Outback Australia before moving to the Sunshine Coast. Perhaps her experience of growing up in such an open setting enhanced her ability to take a wide view and encompass expansive settings. That, combined with her love of Narnia. She still checks every cupboard she comes across for a portal. As do I, Lynette, as do I. But don’t forget to check paintings, holes, pretty much everything because ANYTHING can be a portal.

In May of 2018 Kids Can Press in the US and Pantera Press in Aus will release Lynette Noni’s first book outside of the Medoran Chronicles, Whisper. It already has 40 ratings on GoodReads averaging 4.4 stars, and like I’ve previously said, it’s only January. Whisper is a move towards sci-fi thrillers such as The Pretender and Dark Angel. It is set in a huge underground lab, or as Doctor Evil would call it, lair. It focuses on Subject 684 who has been experimented on for the past 2.5 years and has never spoken a word.

I love this review.

When not writing Lynette Noni enjoys chocolate, magic, and magic chocolate. Just quietly, she also enjoys those things when writing. She also loves her proofreader Desanka Vukelich, her agent Victoria Wells Arms, and flying by the seat of her pants.

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Find out about the time Lynette encountered a real life mind reader

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Screen Time ABC, Season 1, Episode 7: Snapshot Recap #ABCScreenTime

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Oooooooooboy. Technology and I are not friends at the moment, as such I am going to do a very quick recap and hope that uploads. You may have noticed that I’ve missed a couple of recaps. Soz. Will get back to them. 

First things first. Regular panelist Sami Shah is not there. Or at least not on screen. I usually worry that they don’t let him go home because he’s always on but now I’m worried that they’ve locked him under the desk because he’s not on. Could friends of Sami please check that he’s okay.
Secondly, the panelists are Benjamin Law (BLaw), Marc Fennell (flings spiderman underpants at screen), Nakkiah Lui (swoon) and Zan Rowe (sweet). Host Chris Taylor is there. Possibly sitting on Sami. Seriously, someone let me know how Sami is.
Thirdly they’re discussing Murder on the Orient Express and GoggleboxAu. I’m slightly worried that a tv show about discussing tv shows discussing a tv show about discussing tv shows will cause some sort of rip in the fabric of the universe and we’ll either be invaded by more of those Bernstain Bear bastards or I’ll be forced to go back to high school.

Views on Murder on the Orient Express:

BLaw loved the visuals. He enjoyed that it was cheesy.

Marc loved it. Thought it was bonkers.

Nakkiah Lui points out that it glamourises imperialism. And more damningly… her mother didn’t like it. That’s it. I was already a bit iffy about watching it but now definitely won’t. Said it was a bit self indulgent. It was all about Kenneth. 

Zan couldn’t understand why it was made but liked it. It was pretty but why when it has been done so many times before. It had a large cast but they didn’t get to interact like they do in great ensemble movies. 

And now let’s move onto GoggleboxAu.

BLaw says that it has made him fall back in love with Australia. It lets us know our neighbours and that they’re not that awful… unlike half the panel of Q and A.

Nakkiah points out that they don’t have an Indigenous family on the show and volunteers as tribute. Yes! Make it happen. I will watch it forever!!! She loves that it is diverse.

Zan says it’s a good catch up on the week. Is pleasantly surprised they cover SBS and don’t just cross promote.

Marc thinks that they’ve captured the lifecycle of tv and that’s beautiful. No, you’re beautiful Marc, you are. He says it works because it is set in lounge rooms and lounge rooms are relaxed.

Now it is time for show recommendations.

Marc recommends Star Trek Discovery. He is right. It is great. Might I also recommend Marc’s show on SBS? The Feed.

Zan recommends a doco, The Go-Betweens: Right Here. It’s on iView

BLaw is watching new Will & Grace.  I too love this show. Have all the previous seasons on DVD, will also get the new ones. Might I also recommend BLaw’s show, The Family Law, on SBS?

Nakkiah recommends Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It. Might I also recommend Nakkiah’s show Black Comedy on ABC?

And that’s it from me.

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