"A stunning achievement [...] If you only read one short story collection this year, make it this one."
(Ellen Cregan, Readings' "Best Books of 2019 so far")
"This is one of the most substantial and memorable collections of short fiction by an Australian writer that I have read for a very long time." (Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald, 17/06/19)
My book has been out in the world for six weeks now, and I am absolutely delighted to have had some great reviews. Sure feels good after all the hard work! Thanks to everyone for your wonderful support.
This Taste for Silence is out in the world! Launched this week to a booked out session, I'm so happy to see making its way into readers' hands.
I'm thrilled that my new short story, The Ice. 1867, has been awarded the E J Brady "Mallacoota" Short Story Prize 2018-19. Many thanks to the judging panel. You can now read the story on their website via the following link.
My first book launch (at Avid Reader book shop) is booked out, so the only sensible thing to do is have a second one! Brisbane writers and readers who are interested, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you the details. It's on Thursday evening, June 6th, in the Valley. Same format as the first one: relaxed and fun.
This Taste for Silence is back from the printers, and I'm delighted to share the cover. My collection will be first launched at Avid Reader bookshop, West End, Brisbane, on Tuesday night, June 4th. If you can attend the launch - and you're very welcome! - there's a link here for free registration.
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