In 2014, I was lucky enough to interview Nicole Alexander about her (then) new book, The Great Plains. This is the resulting interview, which was originally published by Hush Hush Biz. To celebrate the upcoming release of Alexander’s seventh novel, An Uncommon Woman, I thought now would be a great time to share this little flashback!
I really wanted to like this novel. Though science fiction is not my usual genre of choice, I was intrigued by the premise and eager to get started, ready to fall in love with a new favourite author.
With a strong focus on storytelling and lyricism – reflective of Dee’s comment that this album is a “collection of songs to symbolise a monumentally challenging time for me and my family” – one would be forgiven for expecting the album to feature more traditional-sounding songs, telling stereotypical tales of the downtrodden in life.
Lyrics trigger visions of murky nights in the middle of nowhere; they capture the imagination of the listener and reinforce that the true purpose of a musician’s job is to tell a story.
Tie Your Soul To Mine represents something of a turning point for this band. In only their second album, they seem to have found their new sound and a new niche to explore.
Noted singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams’ rise to fame was slow and it wasn’t until the release of her third album in 1988 that she really made an impact. Since then, she has had a long list of hits including Still I Long for Your Kiss (from the film “The Horse Whisperer”), Changed the Locks and Steal … Continue reading Lucinda Williams – Ghosts of Highway 20 (Album Review)
Aussie rockers Hey Geronimo are set to release their sophomore album and head back on the road to share their new music with fans. In light of that, I’m taking a trip down memory lane by posting this interview with the band’s lead singer, Pete Kilroy leading up to the release of their debut record, Crashing Into The Sun.
According to her label, Universal Music/Island Records UK, “she personifies cool, but doesn’t know it yet, and is as worth getting as excited about as when Lorde first appeared with Royals.” It’s a lot of hype to live up to, particularly for someone only just out of their teens.
Peter Hobbins, Ursula K Frederick and Anne Clarke’s Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia’s Immigrant Past is a unique take on the long- documented history of Australia’s first immigrants. From early on in Australia’s history, Old Man Hat in North Head was the landing point for many an immigrant looking to make a … Continue reading Historians Examine Australia’s Immigrant Past in “Stories From The Sandstone”
"When I made the decision to publish, there was a motivational rush. The real highlight was when I first saw the final version of Poppy’s Walk; I shed a tear as I did when I was told “Congratulations, it’s published”.