Writing & News

Launch speech for And to Ecstasy (Marjon Mossammaparast) by poet Prithvi Varatharajan

Crystal Palace & Courtyard, Carlton North, 27 November 2022. I’m Prithvi Varatharajan. I’m honoured to be launching Marjon Mossammaparast’s second poetry collection, And to Ecstasy. Like Marjon, I’m really pleased that her publisher Terri-ann White is here in Melbourne from Perth. And thanks to you all for coming here this Sunday afternoon, to celebrate this […]

Authors write letters to readers!

Since I started Upswell I have asked all authors to write an introductory letter to our subscribers with some illumination or detail about the finished book. I left the brief wide open, and the authors have tackled it in a range of ways, as you’d imagine: where the initial spark came from; influences, quirky stories […]

Object Coach, a novel by Tom Lee

I asked Tom Lee to give readers an entry point for this splendid second novel, released in November 2022. Here it is. “It would be hard to make a work of fiction sound appealing if the author said that it was about anthropotechnic perception. Not love, death, coincidence or a pressing issue of social concern. […]

No Enemies No Friends: restoring Australia’s Global Relevance by Allan Behm

We were delighted to celebrate with Allan Behm the shortlisting of his excellent book in the inaugural Australian Political Book of the Year award on 9 November 2022 in Canberra. The Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers presented the award to Dean Ashenden for his book Telling Tennant’s Story: the Strange Career of the Great Australian Silence […]

Alchemy flip through

Have a quick look through Alchemy, by Kate Forsyth & Wendy Sharpe.

Review of The Sweetest Fruits by Monique Truong

Westerly, October 2022. By Rachel Watts

People who Lunch: essays on work, leisure and loose living by Sally Olds

Communes, polyamory, and the history of the fraternal society officially known as the Royal Antediluvian Order of the Buffaloes — aka the Buffalo Club — are among the subjects probed by Sally Olds in her first book. A collection of six incisive and intellectually dextrous essays, it sees the Melbourne-based writer and critic considering topics […]

Reviews of languish by Marion May Campbell

In Australian Book Review August 2022 issue by Jennifer Harrison Heels on the throat of song: exploring the limits of poetry’s expressivity (a review of two books: see also Marjon Mossamaparast) The title of Marion May Campbell’s third poetry collection, languish, conjures ideas of laziness, daydream, failure to make progress, ennui, lack of enthusiasm, anhedonia. […]

Reviews of And to Ecstasy by Marjon Mossammaparast

In Australian Book Review August 2022 issue by Jennifer Harrison Marjon Mossammaparast’s earlier book, That Sight, won the 2018 Mary Gilmore award and was commended in several other awards. I was impressed by the way these new poems reach into spiritual traditions, such as that of the Bahá’í faith, yet also explore identity. This anchoring […]

Reviews of Hard Joy: life and writing by Susan Varga

From The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age by Lucy Sussex and Steven Carroll Non-fiction pick of the week Hard Joy: Life and WritingSusan Varga, Upswell, $29.99 Susan Varga’s distinctive memoir (incorporating her taut but resonant poetry) comes over as an effortless blend of the epic and intimate, and easy to read – but it was hard […]

Reviews of Life with Birds: a suburban lyric by Bronwyn Rennex

In Australian Book Review, September issue, by Sarah Gory: a long and sparkling review. Here’s an excerpt: “Ostensibly, Life with Birds is about the author’s search for her father, a Vietnam War veteran who died when she was young and whose story she hardly knew. As I read it, though, I was reminded of a […]

Reviews of People who Lunch by Sally Olds. September 2022

“The Melbourne-based critic’s debut runs a gamut of social scenes (most of them pretty club-heavy): secret societies to art fairs to crypto. Every piece in the collection – subtitled “essays on work, leisure & loose living” – asks you to think harder about the ways we earn money, party, and look out for each other. […]