Review: Grace Beside Me by Sue McPherson, review by Kate Lomas Glendenning

Caution: strong language quoted in this article – not recommended for readers under 16 years of age Title: Grace Beside Me Author: Sue McPherson Genre: Young Adult Favourite part: When Fuzzy explains Gran’s meticulous rules on how to hang out the washing Favourite quote: “I never enjoyed playing with dolls as a child so I wasn’t…

3 Reasons Every Writer Should Use Pinterest, by Shelley Timms

Let’s be real: not every writing session is spent madly tapping the keys, scenes unfolding effortlessly as you ride the wave of inspiration into the early hours of the morning. Unfortunately, writing can be a struggle sometimes and we can find ourselves stagnating when it comes to smashing out that manuscript or assignment. On the…

Issue 21: Mythological Figures

Issue 21: Mythological Figures is here! This issue is packed full of poetic goodness form MTC Cronin & Peter Boyle, Alys Jackson, Elise Kelly, and Maddie Godfrey; with room to sink your teeth into short stories from Jude Bridge, Sian Tondut, and Antony Millen. There’s a whole lot of re-tellings, re-visitings, revisions, and cheeky adn…

Interview: Louise Allan, author of ‘The Sisters’ Song’

An interview with Louise Allan by Shelley Timms How did you first get into writing fiction? My previous career was medicine, and I hadn’t written creatively since leaving school around 25 years earlier. I took singing lessons in my 30s, and did that for around 7 years until I realised that singing wasn’t something that…

Jess G.’s TBR list – round 2

The great thing about the New Year is that I get a chance to re-evaluate my reading goals. In 2017 I had two main goals: to read more and to read things outside of my usual genres. Whilst I accomplished my second goal, I did not accomplish my first. Looking back I realise that the…

Writing: What You Need to Know for 2018, by Dylan Dartnell

If you are like me, a stupendous procrastinator with wild ambition, you might have exhausted Facebook’s ‘save’ function and now have an archive of writing tips and tricks, and a reading list longer than the Dymock’s Top 100. Soon, the heaping volume of saved articles, podcasts, and videos will be enough to incite an aneurysm….

Review: Defying Doomsday, by Jemimah Halbert

Defying Doomsday is a Pozible-funded anthology of short stories published by the indie publishing house Twelfth Planet Press. Twelfth Planet is an organisation that seeks to ‘interrogate, commentate, inspire or provoke thought’, and to ‘raise the awareness of underrepresented voices in science fiction, fantasy, horror and… crime’. They have certainly achieved that with this anthology. Defying…

Writing opportunities for January

ABR 2018 Calibre Essay Prize Seeking non-fiction essays from 3,000 to 6,000 words, written in English. Entry fees are $15 for current ABR subscribers, $15 for full-time students, and $25 for non-subscribers, plus a further four options if the entrant wishes to subscribe to a print subscription of ABR and resides in Australia, NZZ and…

Shelley’s TBR list – round 2

My TBR list seems to get more and more ambitious the more time I spend perusing Goodreads, and watching YouTube videos from avid readers like myself has definitely broadened my horizons when it comes to genre and theme. I’m also trying to explore more diverse literature and the online reading community is especially helpful when…

Review: My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier, reviewed by Jess Rae

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier A review by Jess Rae 17-year-old Che only wants 4 things: to go back home to Australia, to be allowed to spar, to get a girlfriend and most importantly to keep his little sister Rosa under control. Angelic, intelligent and only 10, Rosa seems like the perfect, talented little…

Books to read if you loved ‘Moana’, by Jemimah Halbert

In the spirit of Summer I recently re-watched Disney’s Moana, one of my favourite Disney movies to date, and it got me thinking about books that centre on strong adolescent or young adult characters who love their island home, embracing the place they are meant to be and the person they want to become. After…

Review: ‘Women of a Certain Age’, reviewed by Shelley Timms

Women of a Certain Age is a collection of 15 vastly different, but all beautifully written stories about what it’s like to be “woman on the other side of 40, 50, 60 and 70.” Masterfully collated by editors Jodie Moffat, Maria Scoda and Susan Laura Sullivan, the book features stories from both the past and…

3 Things I Learnt During NaNoWriMo, by Jess Gately

3 Things I Learnt During NaNoWriMo By Jess Gately Over the years I have participated or skipped NaNoWriMo as I see necessary. For me, NaNoWriMo has always been an opportunity to fully explore an idea and get the groundwork going for a novel. It’s also a great time to build your writing skills, identify your…

Gift Guide for Writers & Book Lovers, by Jess Rae

‘Tis the season my sweets, and I don’t know about you but I love Christmas, especially giving gifts. Maybe it’s a sign that I’ve grown up and I’m truly adulting, because I think I love giving gifts more then receiving them; I’ve been told I’m a stellar gift-giver. However I imagine I am not the…

Writing Opportunities for December

Emerging Writers Festival 2018 Artist call-out Artists and writers are invited to submit expressions of interest to participate in the 2018 Emerging Writers Festival, including ideas for events, topics and conversations they want to be included in the festival. The festival will be held in Melbourne from 19-29 June 2018. Fill out the expression of…

Interview: Emma Michelle, author of Watching Cartoons with Boys

Emma Michelle, photograph by Bryn DC Become a Patreon supporter of Underground Writers and receive all content before everyone else, as well as exclusive Patreon-supporter-only content such as the extended version of this interview and others! Watching Cartoons with Boys is quite a personal work. Did you know from the beginning that you wanted to…

Kate’s TBR List – round 2

A post by Kate Lomas Glendenning Lord of the Flies, William Golding My first experience of Golding’s Lord of the Flies was a short film clip in my 8th grade Society and Environment class, and I found it extremely disturbing. Since then, I have never sought out Golding’s book; however, a couple of months ago a…

3 Tips for Generating Ideas During NaNoWriMo, by Jess Gately

Stuck for ideas during NaNoWriMo? Here’s 3 tips to get you back on track… Whether you’re pantsing it and having a bit of a dry spell or planning it and need a little something to fill the gaps, it’s almost a given that at some point in NaNoWriMo you’re going to be stuck for ideas…

Issue 20: Nostalgia

Issue 20: Nostalgia is here! This issue you’ll find some excellent poetry by Allan Lake, Jan Price and Bradley Baronner, a few delectable short stories by Sarah Widdup, Jane Downing and Caitlin Farrugia, and a whole lot of fond and bittersweet Nostalgia: from places and people to time and things. We’re especially excited about our…

7 Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo, by Jess Gately

Are you ready? Tomorrow is November 1st and the beginning of NaNoWriMo! If you haven’t already, I sincerely suggest you head on over to our first NaNo post, Pantser or Planner, Top Tips for Preparing for NaNoWriMo, to get some tips on preparing for the month ahead. First, a recap, because there’s some stuff in…

Dylan’s TBR List – round 2

A post by Dylan Dartnell  A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, Natasha Lester             A couple of months ago, Subiaco Library hosted a writer’s workshop on the power of setting. Like library books upon shelves, writers crammed shoulder-to-shoulder to glean whatever tips they could from Australian best-selling author, Natasha Lester, who is renowned for her ability…

How to Start World Building, by Jess Rae

If you’ve read my To Be Read or my last book recommendation you’ll know I’m a bit of a fantasy nut and as such it’s my dream to create my own fantasy series that resonates with me the way Richelle Mead’s, Sarah J Maas’ or Maria V Snyder’s series do. While you can start with…

Writing Opportunities for October

You can also read editor Dylan’s blog post for more upcoming literary events local to Perth and Western Australia 2017 WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships The 2017 Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships offers 3 Fellowships of $4,000 each to emerging writers aged 16 years and over from the Greater Western Sydney region. Closing 9th October….

Jemimah Halbert’s TBR list

I divide my To Be Read lists into roughly long-term and short-term lists. My long-term list is far too long to write about here, but I will say that it includes such titles as Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, and Zen and Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and…

Writing Community & Workshops, by Dylan Dartnell

Writing Community & Workshops By editor Dylan Dartnell Throughout primary school, every piece I wrote seemed to involve dinosaurs who betrayed each other incessantly with time bombs or incorporated an all-knowing, all-powerful wizard, which rendered the plot and any other character worthless. From memory, some of the feedback I received from my teachers went along…

Review: Barking Dogs by Rebekah Clarkson, reviewed by Kate Lomas Glendenning

Barking Dogs is Rebekah Clarkson’s debut novel, which reveals a promising start to Clarkson’s career as a writer. Barking Dogs is a series of connected short stories, told from various perspectives of residents within a new housing estate in the South Australian town of Mount Barker. Clarkson’s plot is held to great promise with a…

Interview: Robert Edeson, author of Bad to Worse

Robert Edeson talks writing with Underground Writers’ Jess Gately “I don’t know a lot about how people write, I’ve just always enjoyed living in my own imagination and that’s where these books come from.”   It is an unusually cold and wet day in Perth when Robert Edeson and I meet at Subiaco’s Café Café….

Writing Opportunities for September

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize 2017 This prize is awarded to a story up to 2,500 words on the theme ‘World-Changing Words’. The winning entry will receive $1,000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review. This competition is open to everyone, and entry is $15 to be paid via PayPal. Entries close 15th September. The…

Review: Bad to Worse by Robert Edeson, reviewed by Jess Gately

 Winner of the T.A.G. Hungerford Award, Robert Edeson’s style of fiction is unlike anything I’ve ever read. His latest book, Bad to Worse, is the story of a vendetta that dates back to the old American West. When a pilot insists that the crash of his plane is the result of a collision with an…

Jess Rae’s TBR list

I feel like asking a writer and avid reader what they want to read next is like asking an artist what they want to paint next; the answer is everything. However due to the amount space I have allocated I can’t simply write a list of every book written in the fiction world so here…

5 Faux Pas That Will Prevent You Getting Published, by Jess Gately

5 Faux Pas That Will Prevent You Getting Published By Jess Gately At Underground, we deal with a lot of emerging writers, who are submitting their work for publication for the first time. This means that we’re generally pretty forgiving when it comes to some of the faux pas that new writers make when they…

Issue 19: The List is here!

Issue 19: The List has arrived! Featuring a book review by our own Shelley Timms, poetry from Eileen Chong, Genevieve Deeds-Page, Kristin Martin, Anna Jacobson, and Pat Tompkins, an album review by Nick Crameri, and short stories from Ian Adams, Edward Palumbo, Angela Hooks, and Meesh Feraud. Also featuring our June Writing Challenge winning entry: The Road…

Review: Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh, reviewed by Jemimah Halbert

July’s Review is here! Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh A review by Editor-in-Chief Jemimah Halbert Julie Koh’s first full-length collection of short stories, Portable Curiosities, is a strange journey through an unsettling landscape of curious characters in familiar but altered settings. A young girl’s third eye, located in her navel, sees the undetectable and impolite…

Interview: Rory J. Cole, writer & editor, by Shelley Timms

An interview with professional writer and editor Rory J. Cole, by Underground editor Shelley Timms Firstly, tell us about your experiences in editing manuscripts, and your experiences with having your own work edited. I’ll begin with an experience of being edited, which I think has shaped the way I work with clients and their manuscripts….