THE TILT – Chris Hammer

Wow. @thehammernow is a master storyteller (and would probably be quite good at weaving) THE TILT is a generational tale, over three beautifully developed timelines, and a rich and rewarding read. Loved every minute of it. Great to hear Dorje Swallow narrate it (he has narrated all of Chris books) and @dorjporj does his usual superb job. No spoilers but Highly recommend. Also glad I am finally getting to catch up on some TBR – Go Summer!


QWS Bonus Summer Episode! Kate Hall/Q-Lit

BONUS Summer Episode!😎🌞👙🎧• @daniveebooks_wordsandnerds 8. Queer Writes Session: RWR McDonald with Kate Hall Q-Lit Queer Writes Session (QWS) Podcast, a Words & Nerds spin off series hosted by Rob aka R.W.R. McDonald, in partnership with Blarney Books & Art in Port Fairy. Bonus Episode: In this episode Rob talks to Kate Hall, award-winning author of From Darkness, and the Creative Director of Q-Lit: a new queer writing festival touring regional Victoria early in 2023. Kate talks about the festival and how listeners can be involved. Q-Lit details

Books mentioned can be found on QUEER WRITES SESSIONS | Blarney Books and Art. Shout outs and resources mentioned and a transcript for this episode’s interview is available here! 


Biblio Art Prize 22 Shortlist – NANCY BUSINESS

Congratulations @jdrcosy shortlisted in this year’s @blarneybooksandart #biblioartprize2022 – Love this work based on #NancyBusiness – especially the details and thought behind this piece 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡 Can’t wait to see it & the other art in this year’s Biblio . Congratulations again ! 🤩🙌🏻🙌🏻


Instagram Review of THE NANCYS from Kerryn Mayne

Thank you so much Kerry for your review, means the world! 🤩🙏🏻💖💕REPOST • @kcmwrites May my children have the sass and nous of Tippy Chan, but may my babysitters be way more responsible than Devon and Uncle Pike 😳😳

Also, I’ve learned that reading a physical book is really hard with four children in my orbit. Ebooks and audiobooks are the way to go for #readingwhilefeeding and not having my bookmark stolen (every single time) 📚 🖥️

The Nancys by the lovely @rwrmcdonald. What can I say- this is an adventure like no other. This is told by 11 year old Tippy Chan, whose teacher is brutally murdered in her small NZ town. The Nancys form and investigate 🔬

Things I particularly loved:
~ The clues being written on walls/ fridges/ windows
~ Descriptions of what Pike and Devon were wearing (e.g- a tight metallic gold T-shirt with a picture of a leopard licking it’s bits)
~ Melanie Brown (not the Spice Girl) and her very well disguised heart of gold
~ A fabric shop called Glory Box 📦
~ The story about the piggy-cat 😢

Crime lovers – you’ll come for the murder and mayhem, but will stay for the hilarious hijinks.

The good thing about coming late to a book is that the sequel is already out and I will get the ebook this time for ease of reading… 🙃🙂🙃🙂

Loved this Rob!


Upcoming 2023 Books!

Upcoming 2023 books 📚 Exciting year ahead! These are ones I’ve been lucky enough to read (and highly recommend) or have to read. Writing talent in Australia is incredible🤩🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 JANUARY Seven Sisters @katherine.kovacic , The House of Now and Then @jo.dixon.writes , A Routine Infidelity @elizabethcolemanauthor FEBRUARY A Country of Eternal Light @narrativefriction , Lenny Marks Gets Away with Murder @kcmwrites , Like to the Lark @stuartabarnes , Taken @dinukamckenzie MARCH Dark Mode @akalagianblunt APRIL Dying to Know @raecairnswrites – check them out!