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!
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.
I am sharing my journey to publication, complete with hot tips, at Coburg Library on February 11th from 7-8pm. It’s a free event.
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.
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
A huge thanks to Margot Lloyd and the SA Weekend Magazine for this review of Small Blessings.
Small Blessings is out soon and I’d love to you see you at its launch at Readings bookstore in Carlton on February the 13th.
Follow the link for details:
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
After many discussions around major themes, characters and catchy phrases, my new novel has been named! SMALL BLESSINGS (Allen & Unwin) will hit bookstores in February 2019. Stay tuned for updates and events.
The 2018 Heroines anthology is all about reclaiming women's stories - past and present - through short fiction and poetry.
Just released by niche micro-publisher, The Neo Perennial Press, the anthology compliments the Heroines festival, which runs from the 5th-8th of September 2018 in Wollongong. The festival and the anthology unite women writers from across Australia around the theme, finding our past and imagining our future.
I am thrilled to be a small part of this celebration - my short story, Fairy Tale Endings, features in this year's anthology.
For tickets or for more information on the Heroines festival, go to: https://www.theneoperennialpress.com/festival-tickets/
To order your very own copy of the 2018 Heroines anthology, go to: https://www.theneoperennialpress.com/the-heroines-anthology/
Join Kate Mildenhall, Ruth Clare and me for a chat about the personal stories behind our novels as well as our paths to publication.
Where: Northcote Library
When: Tuesday the 18th of September from 7-8pm.
Book online at darebinlibraries.vic.gov.au or call 1300 655 355
If you're a young writer interested in learning more about your craft, come and be part of Northcote High School's inaugural Young Writers' Summit and book a spot in my workshop.
Join me to learn the essential ingredients of micro, flash and short fiction on Friday September the 7th from 1.30-3.30pm at NHS.
Contact Rebekah Keenan-Mount on: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Bookings essential!