I tend to read all over the place, time-wise: a novel published a month ago, a novel published a century ago. Recently, I read Elizabeth Strout's 2016 novel, My Name is Lucy Barton, which I thought was very good. Intrigued by her style, I went back to an earlier novel of hers, Olive Kitteridge. I think it is a stunning piece of work. An astonishing achievement. It did win the Pulitzer Prize, so presumably other people thought so, too. It's unusual, moving, funny, true. The best novel I've read in quite a while.
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