Book Week edition of The Big Issue

Hi all, just a quick note to let you know that the books pages of the cur­rent issue of The Big Issue — the inde­pen­dent Aus­tralian mag­a­zine sold by friendly ven­dors all over the place (and hope­fully near you) — are guest edited by yours truly.

Coin­cid­ing with Book Week this week, there is a heavy focus on children’s and Young Adult lit­er­a­ture in the issue including:

* An inter­view with Patrick Ness, author of A Mon­ster Calls and the Chaos Walk­ing series

* A col­umn by Melina Mar­che­tta on YA sub­ject mat­ter, gate­keep­ers and that WSJ arti­cle

* Lili Wikin­son reviews Karen Healy’s YA novel The Shat­ter­ing

* Holly Harper reviews this year’s highly-paid mid­dle fic­tion novel The Emer­ald Atlas

* I review Mandy Ord’s col­lec­tion of graphic sto­ries Sen­si­tive Creatures

* And I talk up Book Week and lament the fact it’s not a big­ger media event in Australia

I think it’s awe­some that The Big Issue gives over so many of its pages to kids’ and YA books dur­ing Book Week, so do grab a copy (with poor old Amy on the front cover) if you see one when you’re out and about this week.


I’ve been read­ing you for­ever (ever since you posted that lost cam­era trick), but have never com­mented. But “poor old Amy” did me in.

You’re just so awe­some. That is all.


Thanks Karen. It’s a great issue of the mag with a kind of sad cover — in that she’s gone now. Any­way, lovely to hear from you.