FURTHER TASTES FROM ADELAIDE WRITERS’ WEEK

Adelaide’s calling. We’ve been getting in the mood for Writers’ Week 2020 by revisiting WW posts from the archives. Here’s one by Jennifer from March 2018:

Elwood Writers

I had heard of English novelist Alan Hollinghurst. His novel The Swimming Pool Library was openly gay at a time when such writing was still emerging from a murky, clandestine time and it was the height of the ‘AIDS Crisis’. In 2004 Alan won the Man Booker prize with his novel The Line of Beauty.

Day Five Alan Hollinghurst 2

He was in Adelaide to discuss his latest book, The Sparsholt Affair, which, in five parts spanning the time of World War II to the 1990s, tells the story of three generations of Sparsholts and hinges on an affair that takes place in 1966. What a great name, I thought, it sounds a bit sinister.

The book starts in Oxford in October 1940, when the war had been going for just over a year. Alan pointed out that Oxford was both convenient to London and a safe distance from it. The MI5 had…

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Roomers #67 Summer 2020

Barry’s story ‘Love Always, Adrian’ is included in the current issue of Roomers, #67 Summer 2020: Will the real news please stand up?
Reblogging this post from barryleethompson.com

Barry Lee Thompson

Yesterday I got chatting with an older man in a pub. I’m not sure why I was drawn to him. Something in his eyes, perhaps. I did very little of the talking. You know me. But I listened, as I like to, as tends to be my way.

The Summer 2020 issue of Roomers magazine is available now, and includes my short story ‘Love Always, Adrian’. The publication will be available online in the new year from the Roomers website. In the meantime copies can be picked up from various locations across Melbourne, including St Kilda Library.

Roomers #67 Summer 2020

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Broken Rules and Other Stories | May 2020, Transit Lounge

The new year has got off to a cracking start with news of Barry’s short-story collection coming out in May:

Barry Lee Thompson

Broken Rules and Other Stories is my first collection of fiction. It’s being published in May by Transit Lounge.

The collection is included in The Sydney Morning Herald feature ‘The books to read in 2020’.


From derelict industrial districts, to a lonely highway diner, to the faded charm of a British seaside resort, these are stories of growing up marginalised and living in working-class England and Australia.

Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and developed with the support of a Fellowship from Varuna, the National Writers’ House.

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