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Our Mother’s Day Book Picks

Is your mum's idea of the perfect Mother's Day a breakfast in bed and a great new book to read? You're on your own with the breakfast part, but we can help with the book. Load up Mum's e-reader with something from our selection today. Songbird (GriffinSong Trilogy #1) A twentieth century woman is lost in a fantasy world with nothing but the clothes on her back and her innate humanity. This is the story of her compelling need to redefine herself. When Irenya O’Neil suffers a panic attack and falls into the realm of Dar Orien, a world with...

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Meet the Poets: Kylie Gifis

Kylie Gifis is a 17-year-old poet from Elizabethtown, New York, a small town near the Adirondacks. When she's not cooped up in her library reading books or writing them, she spends time with her two younger sisters, and her cat named Matteo who often interrupts her work by walking across her keyboard. She enjoys cooking, theatre, running for her school team, traveling, learning new cultures, and reading enough poetry for a lifetime. Readers are fascinated to learn the process of writing a poem. Can you tell us about your process and how long a poem takes to compose? For me,...

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Meet the Poets: Linathi Makanda

Linathi Thabang Makanda is a twenty-two-year-old South African-based writer of poetry and prose. A Communications and Marketing student and self-taught photographer, she strives to portray genuine emotion through her writing and photographic art. An avid reader, Linathi also has a great interest in music and all forms of visual expression. Readers are fascinated to learn the process of writing a poem. Can you tell us about your process and how long a poem takes to compose? My writing process is very fluid. I’ve learnt more each time to let my work take whatever shape it wants to take. The same...

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Meet the Poets: Josh Donellan

Josh Donellan is an author, poet, musician, music journalist, teacher, voice actor and event manager. He was almost devoured by a tiger in the jungles of Malaysia, nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese Himalayas and once fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India. He has an unnatural fondness for scrabble and an irrational dislike of frangipanis. Readers are fascinated to learn the process of writing a poem. Can you tell us about your process and how long a poem takes to compose? However old you are when you finish...

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Meet the Poets: Loic Ekinga

Loic Ekinga Kalonji is a Congolese poet, storyteller, and a screenwriting student. His work in poetry and fiction focuses on the human experience by adopting a surrealist approach to storytelling. He has been featured in many online publications such as Type/Cast Magazine, Ja. Magazine, Poetry Potion, and The Kalahari Review. His chapbook Twelve Things You Failed at As A Man Today was an honourable mention by JK Anowe for Praxis Magazine Online. His short story 'Loop' has been adapted into a short film by Director Vuyani Makausu and is currently in post-production, a finalist of Poetry Africa's Slam Jam competition....

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Linathi Makanda #WeLoveOurAuthors

Linathi Thabang Makanda is a twenty-two-year-old South African-based writer of poetry and prose. A Communications and Marketing student and self-taught photographer, she strives to portray genuine emotion through her writing and photographic art. An avid reader, Linathi also has a great interest in music and all forms of visual expression.  What do you love about writing poetry? I have always been drawn to poetry and prose but mostly reading it than writing it. I read work from the likes of Ijeoma Umebinyuo, Upile Chisala,  Trista Mateer, Reyna Biddy, Warsan Shire and I also acquainted myself with the work of people close to me who are also writers. The work...

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J Victoria Michael #WeLoveOurAuthors

Judith Michael (J Victoria Michael) is a story-teller with an insatiable curiosity for other dimensions, time travel, and fantastical places. Her loves are music, mostly classical, and dance, from ballet to flamenco. Judith’s short stories have won various awards and have appeared in print and online. As a reader and writer she prefers long works; her GriffinSong Trilogy is scheduled for publication in 2020. Born and raised in New Zealand, her imagination is indelibly drawn in pristine landscapes and dotted with fantasy castles. Judith lives in Melbourne, sharing her home and her somewhat neglected garden with a bossy ginger cat.  What do you love about writing fantasy? Time travel,...

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Rachel Nightingale #WeLoveOurAuthors

Rachel Nightingale is an award-winning playwright and novelist with a PhD in Creative Writing. She's come a long way since she wrote her first book, about Pasha the bear, at the age of eight. With a background in theatre, both onstage and off, she wanted to bring the world of the stage to her books. The Tales of Tarya centre on the Commedia dell'Arte of the Italian Renaissance and explore what it might look like if the magic of the theatre was real and if story tellers could bring about change in the real world with their tales. What inspired the...

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Jody Forrester #WeLoveOurAuthors

Jody A. Forrester was born and raised in Los Angeles during the uneasy Fifties and tumultuous Sixties. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Sonora Review, Two Hawks Quarterly, WriteRoom, Dreamers Writing, Citroen Review, Gazelle and several others. A story received an honorable mention in the Anderbo/Open City Competition (2009) and another story was featured in the 6th Annual Emerging Voices Group Show (2010) in Los Angeles. A retired chiropractor, Jody received a MFA from Bennington College in 2010. She lives in Venice, California, with her husband, John Schneider, a classical musician. What motivated you to write your memoir? The...

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Melissa Wray #WeLoveOurAuthors

Melissa has always loved reading. She grew up 700m from the local library and spent most of her time there browsing and borrowing books. Melissa is passionate about literacy and education and believes the ability to read and write gives power to change. “Things work out the best for those who make the best of the way things work out.” This is the motto Melissa has lived by most of her life and has allowed her to live and travel overseas and see some amazing places including Egypt, Italy, Spain, and Africa. She has also travelled closer to home and got...

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