Posted on February 16, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

Late Summer Reading: Fight or Flight by Izzy Gacusan

Izzy Gacusan’s short story ‘Fight or Flight’ was Highly Commended in the 2016 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award. Here it is for your late-summer reading pleasure. He’d been here before. He was familiar with the peculiarity of this place, but found no solace in this. He awoke just minutes ago, stiff bed sheets poking at […]


Posted on January 19, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

HARDCOPY program receives Australia Council funding for 2018-2019

Some very exciting news to kick off the new year here at the ACT Writers Centre… The ACT Writers Centre has received two years of funding (2018-2019) for their year-long HARDCOPY program from The Australia Council for the Arts. The Australia Council for the Arts has funded the Centre’s highly regarded program since 2014, but […]


Posted on December 14, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Hope in Dark Times: An Evening with Michael Leunig

By Angharad Lodwick I arrived at the National Library of Australia for this event with a bit of time to spare, so I went to pick up a copy of cartoonist Michael Leunig’s new book “Hope in Dark Times” from the NLA bookstore. A veteran of these events, I figured if I picked up a […]


Posted on December 8, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards

Canberra’s writing community gathered last night for the most highly anticipated event of the literary calendar ─ the ACT Writers Centre’s Christmas party and awards night.  The event took place at Canberra Contemporary Art Space at Gorman Arts Centre. The large crowd enjoyed the exhibitions on show, along with live music by Will Campbell and a captivating […]


Posted on December 1, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

2017 Writing and Publishing Awards Shortlist

Announcing the shortlist for the 2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards! The winners for each category will be announced at the ACT Writers Centre Christmas party and awards night, Thursday 7 December. Book tickets HERE.   Nonfiction ‘Taking Flight: Lores Bonney’s extraordinary flying career’ by Kristen Alexander ‘What do we want: The story of protest […]


Posted on November 30, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Us Mob: Launch of Too Deadly and ACT Leadership Book

On Tuesday 21 November, a small crowd gathered at the Belconnen Arts Centre.  They were treated to not one but two book launches.  Too Deadly: Our Voice, Our Way, Our Business was developed by Us Mob Writing Group.  A Pocketful of Leadership in First Nations Australia Communities edited by Kerry Reed-Gilbert was the second publication […]


Posted on November 10, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Where’s Miranda? 50 years of Picnic at Hanging Rock

By Angharad Lodwick In 1967 a book was published that has haunted Australia for 50 years. To celebrate this milestone, the National Library of Australia held a very special event. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay is a novel set in the Mount Macedon area of Victoria in 1900. Centred around a fictional female […]


Posted on November 8, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Writing games: A Q&A with Maurice Suckling

By Hannah Egan Have you ever thought about writing games? Maurice Suckling has worked on over 40 published video games, and answered some questions about how to get started, the industry, and how games writing varies from other forms of writing. HANNAH: How did you first break into writing games? MAURICE: I was writing – […]


Posted on October 27, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Q&A with Anna Snoekstra

Canberra-born (now Melbourne-based) author Anna Snoekstra is headed back to the capital next week, for the launch of her new novel Little Secrets. Anna took the time to give us an insight into her process and practice, and set the scene for the book… Tell us about the inspiration for your new book Little Secrets. […]


Posted on October 23, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Horror (and Halloween) With Kaaron Warren

Canberra-based author Kaaron Warren has been publishing horror and science fiction for more than 20 years. We caught a brief chat with her ahead of her forthcoming workshop (and Halloween!)… Do you have any Halloween reads you’d recommend, and do you have a dream literary Halloween costume? I’ve just finished Adrian Barnes’ Nod, which was brilliant. […]


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