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Bit of video from bookshop event April 2023

Here’s some video posted by Nandita Bose with whom I had a “conversation” at the Atta Galatta Bookshop in Bangalore, India on 23 April 2023

Reading and talk in Bangalore, 23 April ’23

At the AttaGallatta bookstore, Bangalore on Sunday 23 April 2023–reading, and conversation with Nandita Bose

The Jamun, Bangalore, all of April 2023

A whole month at this beautiful, peaceful,comfortable house in one of the leafier parts of Bangalore. At the right time of year many writers gather for the Sangam House season here, but at this wrong season I am mainly alone. Open the link to see house, rooms.

Udaipur, lecture at MLS university, 31 March 2023

Professor Pradeep Trikha, who I’ve known for 20 years, invited me to give a lecture at the Department of English at Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur. I also enjoyed lunch with members of the department, and some students took me to see the beauties of this town of lakes and palaces.

INVITATION Udaipur lecture pdf

Delhi. Lecture at GGSI university on 17 March 2023

Arrived in Delhi early on 16 March. On 17 I gave a lecture at the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, having been kindly invited by Professor Vivek Sachdeva, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. It was a pleasure to meet academics and students there.

LTP publishing newsletter Title To Come

Latest edition of my very infrequent Local Time Publishing Newsletter, with news of the recent biography, some new items about the last novel, and other briefly expressed news, found here


brilliant new essay on Turn Left at Venus

In Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Vol. 22 No. 2 (2022): JASAL, by independent scholars Leigh Dale and Harper Boon, “Exploring Author-Reader Relationships in Turn Left at Venus”. The full text can be read at the link to the PDF at
The Abstract [same link] says:
The work of Australian writer Inez Baranay is read in the light of Stephen Orgel’s assertion that ‘If readers construct books, books also construct readers,’ and a parallel remark by Elizabeth Webby, that the ‘life/fiction opposition is too simple: the values people act upon in life may, in fact, be derived from novels they have read.’ While making some reference to Baranay’s career as a whole, our focus is the 2019 novel Turn Left at Venus (2019), a structurally complex book about a (fictional) writer of science fiction whose most renowned work is titled Turn Left At Venus. The essay argues that, in reflecting on the making of literary values among those in the book industry, in scholarly environs, and general readers (particularly fans), reading Turn Left at Venus prompts questions about the role of gender, sexuality, cultural and linguistic difference, travel, and genre, as they shape the valuing of books and writers in Australia.

conversation on the biography with Nadia Wheatley 17.12.22

On Saturday 17 December at 4.30 pm, GardenLounge Newtown will host a conversation with me and Nadia Wheatley on Drink Against Drunkenness. Register for tickets (the $5 will be deducted from already discounted book):

Here’s the GardenLounge website:

Here’s Nadia’s website:

Corrections and ammendments to Sasha biography

On the Facebook page for the Sasha biography, I post comments, corrections, and amendments.
Laurie Duggan remarks on Sasha’s relationship with John Forbes.
Meredith Rogers reveals the source of a photograph we previously found no information on.
Joanna Burns tells the real story of a performance witnessed by Sasha and others at the Tin Sheds in 1977.
Scroll the FB page to find them; more to come

Melbourne launch of Drink Against Drunkenness 19.11.22

A launch was held at the Harehole, Melbourne, on 19 November 2022; again Christos Tsiolkas launched the book with a warm and funny speech, and it was most convivial. Some pics at the FaceBook page for the Sasha biography: