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Lech Blaine is the author of the memoir 'Car Crash' and the Quarterly Essay ‘Top Blokes’. Here, he speaks to James and Ashley about the challenge of writing and releasing these two publications back to back during the pandemic, and the burnout that followed. He also discusses the epiphanies that writing a memoir can bring and the emotional toll of sharing so much vulnerability with readers.
His writing has appeared in The Monthly, Guardian Australia, The Best Australian Essays, Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings and Meanjin. He was an inaugural recipient of a Griffith Review Queensland Writing Fellowship.
Books and authors discussed in this episode:
- Cloudstreet by Tim Winton;
- Timeline by Michael Crichton;
- Sphere by Michael Crichton;
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton;
- State of Fear by Michael Crichton;
- Lee Child;
- John Grisham;
- Know My Name: A Memoir by Channel Miller
- Specky Magee by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon;
- Harry Potter by JK Rowling;
- Glory Gardens by Bob Cattell
The Joy of Creative Writing – lunchtime workshop with Ashley: Tuesday 8 March, 12:15-1:15 pm AEDT, online via Zoom, tix $9-14
Whether you haven’t written creatively since high school or you’re the author of 12 books, this fun class will help you get your creativity flowing. Wherever you’re at, this is the class for you. Through a series of short, timed writing exercises, we’ll explore different ways to access the creative recesses of our minds and surprise ourselves! Get your ticket here.
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