From The Saturday Paper, reviewing Strange Objects Covered With Fur:
The beginning is exceptionally strong. In ‘The Dog’, by Mark Rossiter, three young British backpackers travel around Greece only one step ahead of misfortune. It’s nostalgic and tense, a gorgeous window into a boy’s changing relationship with the world. (link)
And in the Sydney Morning Herald:
Highlights include Mark Rossiter’s unsettling story The Dog (link)
Short story ‘The Dog’ published in Strange Objects Covered With Fur (Xoum). A creative non-fiction piece (we did go, there was a dream) following three boys who travel to Greece and are shadowed by a somewhat threatening grey-black dog, ‘its coat the colour of fresh-doused fire’. ‘The Dog’ was a runner-up for the 2015 UTS Anthology Writing Prize.
So I said to my students this week, the first week of semester, Welcome to Write Club. The first rule of Write Club, I said, is …
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I love this book, but I have to say, I never really understood it. Okay, so Mersault is Camus’ existential man. He recognises nothing but what his own senses tell him. He seeks nothing more than to be at ease with everyone, in a world that pleases him. Whatever displeases him, he ignores. Most importantly, he makes no judgements of other people. They do their thing—he doesn’t even speculate on their motives—and he does his.
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So I’ve found a writer I’m interested in. Having read about Penelope Fitzgerald in the London Review of Books, I realised there was a big gap in my knowledge. I went straight to Amazon Kindle. Prices for the title I had in mind were reasonable, Kindle practically had a sale there and then. But I hit “send sample now”, as I like to do, just to check the writing will work for me …
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Last Sunday I presented a talk and workshop to the Bondi Writers’ Group, in the Waverley Library theatrette. It was a great session with a lot of audience energy and participation, some of which led, serendipitously, to the production of story fragments that could definitely go further. Workshops are such artificial constructs, yet their intensity and immediacy can generate very interesting outcomes, and the opportunity for constructive feedback — in a managed framework — is almost unparalleled. Next week, I return to UTS, teaching my favourite: Theory and Creative Writing. I’m really looking forward to it.
A favourite of mine is Albert Camus’ The Outsider. Lucian Robinson’s Guardian review of a new translation (by Sandra Smith, Penguin Translated Texts) reminded me how much I loved it. It also reminded me just how important translation is. Two of the most … Continue Reading »
Titles I’ve looked for over the years in electronic format are finally appearing. One such is The Complete Poems and Plays of T. S. Eliot. There were the Selected and the Collected and the Four Quartets and of course The Wasteland, but not all in one volume. Now they are. Another is Proust’s mega-novel, In Search of Lost Time, which I started (in print) four years ago, and am still only a third of the way through now. When I decided to read it back then, I had the idea I’d pick up an e-reader … and I figured Proust would be a great opening choice.
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The 2012 Sydney University Anthology of new writing and photography, Sparks, is edited by Master of Publishing students of the University of Sydney. The all-important final proofing is happening now, and the anthology will be launched at 7pm on the 15th of November at the Co-op bookshop in the University of Sydney. Visit the website for updates.