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APWT conference at Gold Coast, 5-8 December 2018

I’m excited to return to Gold Coast (where I lived for a few years) and Griffith University (where I did my PhD and taught Creative Writing) for the conference of the Asia Pacific Writers Translators
I’ll be on a panel called Writerly Authenticity: individual and inter-cultural considerations.

An interview at The Godless Traveler

I recently did an interview for the blog The Godless Traveler.
Here it is
Here’s the URL

New Newsletter

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Ghosts Like Us review

The (excellent) review of Ghosts Like Us by Isobel Blackthorn is now available here
It concludes:
“Ghosts Like Us is a sharply intellectual work, poised, and as avant-garde in its construction as the worlds it depicts. The avant-garde is there for what it attempts to shatter breaks and, ironically, even when the Herr Gustavs of the world seek to destroy the creative soul through jealousy and hatred, Baranay shows that the creative soul will persist, if only as a ghost like us.”

What Now? [Re-]Writing Workshop, Katoomba (new dates)

I’m looking forward to giving this workshop over two Saturday mornings in Katoomba. 5 and 12 May 2018 (note new dates)
Westwords is an organisation for writers in western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

Workshop details here

New Local Time Publishing Newsletter coming soon. Really.

New Local Time Publishing Newsletter coming soon. Really.
Life has been full of relocations and reconnections and being back in Australia.
The most recent newsletter is here:
New work, new publications; all shall be told.
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“A peripatetic writer’s life” at Australian Writers Network

Literary impresario Irina Dunn (Sydney, Australia) asked me to describe my writing life for her Australian Writers Network. Click on the link below and scroll down for the result.
It starts:
I lived in Sydney for most of my first 40 years so it’s where I say I come from. I’ve lived in so many places since then I couldn’t begin to count them. Some were for a short time, but there was no other home.

a new goal at Patreon: 200 x 5

As noted below I started a page at Patreon, where patrons can support artists with small amounts (these add up, you see, so the artist does not have to find a single patron who might supply the larger amount). My goal is for 200 people to pledge $5 a month; I believe with $1000 a month I can basically survive and continue to write, making extra now and then.

south India, September 2017: a transition time

After leaving Turkey I came to southern India, where I’ve spent much time in the past (settings for some of my books: Neem Dreams and With the Tiger). For 10 days I was “scholar in residence” at Christ University, Bangalore, comfortably accommodated on the beautiful campus, with a program of lectures on topics from Creative Writing (doing; assessing) to Feminist Utopias to Transculturalism. Wonderful company, food, and weather (mostly mild with some thunderous monsoon rain). Now I’m in Chennai, seeing old friends and students (now teachers themselves) and being fed masses of Tamil food. Have some college talks here too. It’s a transition time after 5.5 years in Turkey and my return to Australia.

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