How to write, now & Alice Robinson on writing the anthropocene, motherhood & finding joy

How to write, right now?

Kate and Katherine take two different approaches at this moment, which may of course change! Katherine is taking solace from a delightful listener email and an anecdote about Eleanor Dark, who apparently didn’t write for the entire duration of WWII. So give yourself permission NOT to write at this time. She’s found this article about stoicism by Brigid Delaney the most useful thing right now.

Kate, on the other hand, has got out some tentative new words for the new book. She’s taking solace from things like Elizabeth Gilbert’s instagram feed, encouraging artists to creative as a response to the chaos around us.

They also give an update on the new Conversations with Friends series, which will be coming your way very soon!

Other bits you might want to check out:

Then Kate speaks with Melbourne writer, Alice Robinson.

Alice Robinson’s debut novel, Anchor Point, was long listed for the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book Awards (debut fiction), and named one of 25 best Bookclub books in The Herald Sun. Her second novel, The Glad Shout, was published by Affirm Press in March 2019. Alice has a PhD in Creative Writing at Victoria University, where she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research. Her fiction, essays and reviews have been published widely in literary journals such as Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, Arena, TEXT, Fireflies, Meanjin and The Australian Humanities Review among others.

Their conversation covers:

Alice’s advice for writers:

‘Done is better than good.’

And her fave debut novel:

Fugitive Pieces  by Anne Michaels

Purchase Alice Robinson’s books via your favourite indie book store if you are in a position to do so and find out more about Alice Robinson on her website or follow her on Instagram or Twitter.

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