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!


Book Launch – A COUNTRY OF ETERNAL LIGHT by Paul Dalgarno

Honoured to launch @narrativefriction beautiful & devastating novel, A Country of Eternal Light – one of 2023 must reads REPOST • @narrativefriction So … I’ll be launching my novel, A Country of Eternal Light, on Thurs 9 February at the Readings Emporium in Melbourne, with none other than RWR McDonald.

I’d love it if you could come along, and bring any friends or family who might be interested too. Book launches are basically like weddings for authors, so – naturally – I’d be honoured if you could be there on the big day/ early evening.

It’s free but you do need to book, so you should do that now if you fancy it.



Loved this, EVERY VERSION OF YOU @gracechanwrites – no spoilers (blurb below ⬇️) Incredibly believable (scary) future, fantastic world building, characters & great narrative drive – I didn’t want it to end. And I am team Ah-Yee ! 🚬 when it comes to Uploading 🤣 #greatread – thanks @koalateareads for recommending it😍 BLURB – In late twenty-first century Australia, Tao-Yi and her partner Navin spend most of their time inside a hyper-immersive, hyper-consumerist virtual reality called Gaia. They log on, go to work, socialise, and even eat in this digital utopia. Meanwhile their aging bodies lie suspended in pods inside cramped apartments. Across the city, in the abandoned ‘real’ world, Tao-Yi’s mother remains stubbornly offline, preferring instead to indulge in memories of her life in Malaysia.

When a new technology is developed to permanently upload a human brain to Gaia, Tao-Yi must decide what is most important: a digital future, or an authentic past.