Jane Harper's initial hopes for The Dry, a page-turning murder-mystery set in drought-stricken rural Australia, were modest enough. Firstly, it was to finish the manuscript she had started, then it was to get published and onto book shelves.
Ron Cerabona Literary news and events in Canberra.
Desmond Manderson Here in the 'new island' of Australia, what is striking is the lack of vision.
Julie Power Tozer's novels cover first jobs, new loves, big decisions, the agony of indecision and uncertainty, peer pressure - and lots of kissing.
Linda Morris "The thing about sisters," says the young adult fiction writer Jaclyn Moriarty, "is we understand the importance of praise.''
Linda Morris Playwright and author Catherine McKinnon's second novel is set on the banks of Lake Illawarra and spans four centuries.
Michael Idato The film is based on an as-yet-unpublished book, From the Corner of the Oval.
Broede Carmody The man behind award-winning comedy series Veep will soon turn his attention to the Australian political landscape when he opens the Sydney Writers' Festival three weeks ahead of official programming.
Ron Cerabona Literary events in Canberra
Megan Hunt Footrot Flats creator Murray Ball has died. He was aged 78.
The latest police news
Clinical Western storms to another championship final
Western wins by two points in a thriller with Newcastle Rebels at Carrington Park
Nominations sought from players to contest the annual Lachlan Valley District Golf Associations Championships and Pennants
You are invited to a special Harmony Day community morning tea at the Parkes TAFE Campus on Thursday.
Cambridge, Reedy Gold and Bowling Club are the Parkes cricket premiers after last weekend's grand finals
No good news from the Pennants bowling for any of our three teams this weekend.