Caught up with Jo Chipperfield this week to go over the manuscript, and the feedback was amazing. Which is hard and easy and exciting and terrifying. It feels like I’m on the cusp of something amazing. The current draft is at 86,000 words and Jo’s most exciting words were: ‘This is ready to go to […]Read More Feedback is hard even when it’s good
Varuna, Oh Varuna. It doesn’t feel like words will suffice but I suppose I can convince them to. I was sharing the house with five other women. On the first night when we all met around the open fire, Janisis, the Varuna CEO said to us: ‘It’s not so much the lack of interruptions here, […]Read More Oh Varuna, can’t I just live there?
Angela Williams! It couldn’t have been more poetic. I was at the first round of the 5×5 Roller Derby tournament, my first ever gig as a tournament head official. Ten participating teams, a ridiculous number of officials. Head reffed an absolutely insane game which ran over time, dealt with the first injury of the season, […]Read More And the winner of the 2014 Varuna PIP is…
There is a dead rat lying in the gap between my psychiatrist’s building and the medical centre next door. It’s a big rat, at least 30 cms head to butt. It’s been there for a long time, skin is rotting off it in silvery shreds, white stick ribs glowing behind and between them. There’s pot […]Read More A decomposing rat – or happy fourth birthday to my prison trauma
Back in 2011 I decided that I wanted to win this thing called the Varuna Publishers’ Introduction Program. Basically it’s a way to bypass the slush pile and get your manuscript read by an editor at one of the big publishing houses. So I overcame the crippling fear of rejection and submitted. And it seems […]Read More Made the Varuna PIP shortlist!
Paper presented at: UOW Presents: Crime, Cameras, Action, University of Wollongong, 18 February, 2012 Angela Williams A GET-out-of-jail free card will be given to 750 violent and dishonest criminals under a State Government plan to let them serve prison sentences in the comfort of their homes. As criminals were celebrating yesterday, victims groups were outraged […]Read More Gaol behind closed doors: What the media can’t show us when it comes to Home Detention
Penning a memoir for the creative component of my creative arts PhD seemed like such a good idea a year ago. I figured that taking my personal history and reimagining it within an academic context would be a therapeutic process, that it would help me formalise my self as ‘subject’ and legitimise the seven years […]Read More Self-judgements and penning the memoir
Dear 2010, I’m not very happy with you. I feel like you welshed on our bet, like you painted me a lovely picture but then took a giant dump right in the centre of the canvas, like you stole twelve whole months from me, twelve months I’ll never get back. Shaking my fist at you, […]Read More Dear 2010