A sound recording of my flash fiction, The Mohair Coat, is available on the current issue of Communion Arts Journal, by Walleah Press in Tasmania. This piece won the UK's Flash 500 contest in 2016, so it's nice to see it out in the world again. The Mohair Coat is about the pain and joy of emigration, and how it laps across generations. Like many, I don't like the sound of my own voice, but Communion Arts Journal is well worth a look, with lots of recorded poetry, stories, essays and music in each edition. Click the button to hear my piece or to read more of the current issue.
For a limited time, my short story The Memory Bones is available to read, free, on a website called Tablo, It's a publishing site, and it's a really interesting idea, There are lots of great stories available to read, at no cost, many by well-known authors. You can also read some new writing as it takes shape, and (if you wish to log in) you can leave constructive comments on the work you've seen. My story, which was a finalist for the Carmel Bird Short Story award, is set in rural Australia. At the story's heart is the true story of the widespread murder of indigenous Australians by farmers. My own mother can recall her parents talking about one such murder close to their farm. There's a snippet of my story here on my site (click on 'Stories' above), or you can read all of The Memory Bones by clicking the button below.
I've just finished Jesse Ball's novel, Silence Once Begun (great title). It is a very unusual and beguiling book. I had never heard of the writer until he came to the Brisbane Writers' Festival, where I saw him interviewed a couple of times. He was so eloquent that one of the other panelists joked, "It doesn't matter what I say because soon Jesse is going to speak and you'll all forget everything else that's been said." It was true. I had to get a taste of some of his writing. Silence Once Begun isn't Ball's latest novel, but it was the one that drew me. If you're looking for a beautifully-wrought, strange and compelling read, this is it. Eloquent indeed.
I'm very excited to have been short-listed for the Bristol Short Story Prize in the UK.
Down to the last twenty now. Winners announced October 14th.
Amanda O'Callaghan is an award-winning writer of short stories and flash fiction. She has been published and won awards in Australia, Ireland and the UK.
Queensland Literary Fellowship
I am honoured to have been one of three recipients of a Queensland Writers Fellowship (2016). Congratulations to my fellow awardees: Trent Jamieson and Pamela Rushby