Geoff Orton - Writers Bloc founder:
Farz Edraki, Writers Bloc podcast captain:
And, of course, this year I also hopped on board the Writers Bloc train, and these guys are pretty darn great.
Sam van Zweden, Writers Bloc online editor:
2013 has been my first year of Being a Writer. I graduated last year, and elected to take a year for myself before returning to Honours. I decided to say ‘Yes’ to everything and, well, here we are. I’m chuffed to be part of Writers Bloc.
My favourite book this year was Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, for its heartbreaking chill and sense of injustice, and Kate Richards’ Madness: A Memoir was such a great achievement in terms of memoir as a form of advocacy. I also ticked off a few oldies that BLEW MY MIND (The Secret History and The Knife of Never Letting Go, in particular). I read less books this year than I normally do, but there were so many good ones.
I was blown away by the wealth of fantastic things to attend in Melbourne: White Night in February, where the city came alive for 12 hours non-stop, 7pm – 7am. It’s coming up again in February 2014. The Emerging Writers Festival, and the Melbourne Writers Festival (where I interned this year). The Express Media awards. And all the writers’ talks and book launches in between.
The Stella Prize happened for the first time in 2013, and their ongoing work campaigning for gender equality in prizes and our reviewing culture is so incredibly respectable. I look forward to 2014′s award.
I can’t wait to get more involved in all these things in 2014 - Writers Bloc provides an excuse to get to know so many people working on exciting projects! We’ll be sharing as many as possible with you in 2014.
What were your favourite things of books and writing in 2013?