24 April 2020 | Uncategorised

My literary digital week


However we used technology in our lives before COVID-19, we are more dependent than ever upon it now! Here’s a quick list of the digital world I’ve loved this week, with a literary theme, of course.

  • K. M. Kruimink won the Australian Vogel prize this week for her debut novel, A treacherous country. I read the first chapter available through Allen and Unwin here – and want to read more!
  • I’m listening to this violin soundtrack while I write my next middle-grade verse novel – one of my characters plays the violin.
  • Thank goodness for Readings, our wonderful Melbourne bookshop who have closed their shop doors but are still open online. They are indeed busy – I ordered some books around Easter and found out yesterday they’re on their way.
  • Dani Shapiro, New York bestselling novelist and memoirist, has a new course available through Skill Share on creating the writing life.
  • My new writers’ group, formed through a retreat I did earlier, is now meeting through Zoom.
  • Jess Hill recently won the Stella prize. You can see her interview with Louise Swinn when the recording is available.
  • Yale University has made their most popular course, The science of wellbeing, available for free online – it’s about happiness. It’s free but you can pay around $70 to receive a certificate of completion. If you’ve always wanted to see Yale University and your name on the same piece of paper, now’s your chance!
  • The Yarra Valley Writer’s Festival with big literary names such as Charlotte Wood, Alice Bishop, Clare Bowditch and many more, is now online. Tickets start at $35 with the opportunity to watch live on Saturday 9th May or watch the recordings later.
  • I’m really enjoying listening to Brene Brown’s new podcast, Unlocking us. 
  • How perfect is Lego Masters right now? It is the perfect family-friendly show to find some light relief from COVID-19 anxiety and stress. It might not be about books but I’m admiring the blend of creativity and architectural precision needed. Mr 10 is a big fan, and is disappointed that it’s only on for two nights of the week.

And to balance out this heavy digital week, there has also been scone-baking, dog-walking, book-reading, yoga-exercising and quilt-sewing. I hope you’ve had a wonderful week, too!

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All positive. Way to go Karen.

April 24, 2020 at 8:08 am


Hi Karen,
Our family comes together each Sunday afternoon on Zoom.
We’ve had a lot of fun and laughter playing Pictionary, Bingo and Celebrity Heads so far with everyone on the computer screen.
We would never have thought to do this before Covid 19.
Our Bookclub also met using Zoom which was very successful.
Our novel for discussion was Milkman which I really enjoyed.
Currently I’m reading The Clockmaker’s Daughter which is a good, easy read.
Stay well!

April 24, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Karen Comer

    I haven’t read Milkman – yet! – and liked The clockmaker’s daughter – perfect reading for these times! Thanks, Kathy.

    April 27, 2020 at 11:55 am

Nicole Melanson

My kids are into the Lego show as well. It is a nice respite from everything else going on ATM. Stay well. x

April 24, 2020 at 10:57 am


I am using What’sApp to keep in touch with family, golf friends and bookclub members. We will have our meeting next week to discuss “Backyard to Backpack” by Evie Farrell. I am reading on Kindle because libraries are closed. Online grocery shopping and watching series recorded on TV round out my digital day.

April 24, 2020 at 11:26 am

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