PICK OF THE WEEK!

Small Blessings was The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald’s pick of the week recently.

Read all about it in Kerryn Goldsworthy’s wonderful review, below!

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY!

My publisher, Allen & Unwin, recently asked me to write a piece for International Women’s Day using this year’s theme - #BalanceforBetter

Lately, I have been thinking about the power that comes from allowing ourselves and those around us to be vulnerable. But being vulnerable in the age of social media can be difficult. My International Women’s Day piece discusses this, and the humanity that comes from letting our guards down.

To read this and the wonderful insights of other A&U authors, click HERE.

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Things Made From Letters…

FOUR BOOKS THAT CHANGED ME

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I recently wrote about four books that changed me for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

It took me a good while to whittle my way down to such a small stack of favourites, but the task made me appreciate the profound impact books have had, and continue to have, on my life. They’ve provided escape, sanctuary, adventure and the chance to connect with ideas I might never have encountered otherwise

A good book is one that transports me to another place and brings me back a little wiser and a little more openhearted.

To check out my four, click HERE

WIN: A BOOK-CLUB-IN-A-BOX

Small Blessings is Allen & Unwin’s book club pick of the month!

To celebrate, they are giving away a Book-Club-In-A-Box pack, which includes ten copies of the novel, wine and snacks. The pack is perfect for existing clubs and for those new to the game.

For your chance to win a pack, click here.

Good luck!

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LAUNCHED: SMALL BLESSINGS

Small Blessings was launched into the world at Readings bookstore last Wednesday with the help of talented Melbourne broadcaster, editor and writer, Mel Cranenburgh, and the creative director of Move. Create. Dance, Anne Gollan. It was wonderful to see so many friendly faces in the crowd and at the signing table. Most definitely, it was a night to remember!

Small Blessings launch at Readings bookstore in Carlton.

Small Blessings launch at Readings bookstore in Carlton.

BOOKSTORE VISITS AND SIGNINGS

Melbourne has an array of brilliant bookstores, and yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting some of them to sign copies of my brand spanking new novel, Small Blessings. It was lovely to meet so many passionate booksellers and to see my book finally on the shelves. Thanks to Readings, Collins Booksellers in Moonee Ponds, The Avenue Bookstore, Jeffreys Books and Dymocks for having me.

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Visiting The Avenue Bookstore

OUT NOW: Small Blessings

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Well, the day has finally arrived… my new novel, Small Blessings, hits stores and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

A HUGE thank-you to all the wonderful folk who have helped make this happen - Annette Barlow and the team at Allen & Unwin and my agent, Gaby Naher. Not to mention my fabulous family and friends. The book wouldn’t be here without the hard work and support of you all.

Visit your local bookstore to get your hands on a copy, or go direct to Allen & Unwin here.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think, via my contact page.

RADIO INTERVIEW: 6PR PERTH TONIGHT

Perth Tonight’s, Chris Ilsley, interviewed me last week to discuss the motivation behind the characters and plot of my new book, Small Blessings.

Click here to listen to the full podcast interview.

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RADIO INTERVIEW: 3CR - PUBLISHED OR NOT

I was lucky enough to be interviewed recently by iconic Melbourne radio duo, Jan Goldsmith and David McLean, on their 3CR show Published or Not about my new book, Small Blessings.

‘3CR’s Australian and international authors talk about their books and how they got published or how they self-published. Listeners, writers and readers will also hear about what's going on in our local writing community.’

Take a listen to the podcast here: Published or Not - Emily Brewin



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SA WEEKEND MAGAZINE REVIEW

A huge thanks to Margot Lloyd and the SA Weekend Magazine for this review of Small Blessings.

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LIBRARIANS' CHOICE TOP TEN BOOKS FOR FEBRUARY 2019

Small Blessings was recently voted by library staff across Australia as one of February 2019’s top ten new release books.

Needless to say, I am thrilled and humbled to see it nominated alongside so many great upcoming titles. An especial high five to my friend and fellow author, Sonia Orchard, for her book, Into the Fire (out Feb 2019 with Affirm Press).

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Margaret River Short Story Competition

A BIG thanks to Margaret River Press and to judges, Donna Mazza, Luke Johnson, Camha Pham and Michelle Cahill for shortlisting my story, A Twist of Smoke, in the 2019 Margaret River Short Story Competition. I look forward to seeing it in print alongside the other shortlisted tales.

A massive congrats also to first and second place winners, Kit Scriven and Catherine Noske, and to Rachel McEleney’s for taking out the Southwest Prize!

Keep an eye for the collection… coming soon!

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BOOK GIVEAWAY: SMALL BLESSINGS

Be in the running to win a copy of my new novel, Small Blessings…

Simply click to go to the Mailing List page. The winner will be drawn on the book’s launch day - February the 4th 2019.

Good Luck!

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COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS

My second novel, Small Blessings, is due for release on February the 4th. I’ll be counting down the final twenty days with wee quotes from the book like the one below. Keep an eye on my Instagram account at emilybrewinauthor for some tiny tasty tidbits.

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MAKING IT IN MORELAND

Ever wondered what the secret is to getting your work published? Author and freelance writer, Emily Brewin, will provide a practical guide to navigating the process. From workshopping to pitching your fiction and non-fiction ideas, this session will provide useful information and industry insights as well as writing exercises to help you hone your skills. Drawing on her experience as a novelist and journalist, Emily will show you how to find a home for your next piece, and will provide a ‘toolkit’ of resources to keep you pitching long after the workshop is done. 

*You may bring a piece of your own writing to the session, although this is not essential.

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THE ART OF NAKEDNESS

Life modelling has a rich history, informing some of the world’s great works of art. But in a world of hyper-sexualisation and ‘perfect’ bodies, where does life modelling fit – and can the profession stay true to its artistic roots?

Read more about this in my article, The Art of Nakedness, published by the wonderful folk at Kill Your Darlings.

https://killyourdarlings.com.au/article/the-art-of-nakedness/?doing_wp_cron=1540769021.4667789936065673828125

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Moreland Writers Residency

I am well and truly in the midst of my Moreland Writers Residency (see below!), and am finding the studio at Siteworks invaluable. Having a space designated to writing means there are none of the usual distractions I encounter at home or at cafes, where I tend to work. There is also a fully-equipped coffee machine in the kitchen to fuel progress on my latest manuscript, The Piano. Ah, bliss!

Hard at work - photo fromInside Moreland (Spring 2018 - page 6)

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