The MidnightSun team would like to congratulate Lucy Durneen on her win for best short story collection at the Saboteur Awards in the UK. We are so proud of her and of the collection, Wild Gestures, that is finding enthusiastic readers around the globe. Such wonderful news!
Hear what the award voters had to say about Wild Gestures:
Lucy’s work is nothing less than exceptional. Her words and content take my breath away. She is also a hard working full-time academic, single-mother of four, who somehow still finds the time to dream and write. This alone should be worthy of an award.
Lucy’s collection is a tremendous work of humanity at its best and worst, its strongest and most vulnerable. Every story is packed with beautiful, unexpected and original imagery — to the point of enabling the reader to perceive a fresh perspective on their own life predicaments. This is a rare achievement in recent times and must be recognised and commended in the wider arena.
Because this is one off the most exquisite short story collections ever published. It is funny, sad, tender, cheeky, insightful and so, so clever. Lucy Durneen may be a new star in the literature hall-of-fame but she is certainly there to stay.
MidnightSun launched Kristin Weidenbach’s and Timothy Ide’s gorgeous picture book King of the Outback yesterday. The hall was packed, the speech by Dyan Blacklock was strong and supportive, but most importantly the vibe was great! So many friendly faces in the crowd, many of them friends from the writing community. Thank you so much for once again supporting a local writer and publisher. Without you, there would be no books!
The first review of Lucy Durneen’s short story collection Wild Gestures has appeared in Books+Publishing and we couldn’t possibly be happier:
‘This is an intriguing collection of short stories where things are seldom what they seem and characters are preoccupied by their past actions. Shaped less by plot than by precise and evocative imagery, they are psychologically acute portraits of people dealing with grief or change.’
‘The stories can be bleakly funny; when one character’s heart freezes over, she compares the spread of ice with the spread of cancer, coolly remarking that both seem inevitable if you don’t heed the standard warnings.’
MidnightSun is excited to have sent our first adult colouring book to print!
There’s a bewildering variety of adult colouring books on the market right now, but this one is a little different. More than simply a colouring book, Local Colour — Adelaide explores many of the things and places that make Adelaide unique. Through quirky text and gorgeous illustrations we explore Adelaide icons, jacaranda and plane trees, the Hills and the coast. Continue reading Magnificent Local Colour – Adelaide is on the way!→
It seems like a long time ago now, but back in November 2014 MidnightSun Publishing launched our first short story collection Breaking Beauty. It was such a great night that although months have passed we still enjoy talking about it!
The South Australian Writers Centre was full to bursting with a marvellous crowd, all there to support the 27 brilliant writers in the collection. We were thrilled that, despite the heat, so many people turned up to celebrate this very special book. Continue reading Breaking Beauty Launch!→
Amanda Hickie’s terrific novel has had a great review in The Australian. This is what they had to say:
With Ebola, SARS, superbugs and the anticipated exhaustion of antibiotics, the question of how Australians might behave if a deadly pandemic hit our shores is an interesting one. We are, despite our vast expanses, one of the most urbanised nations in the world, ideal perhaps as a destination for diseases.
An Ordinary Epidemic (MidnightSun, 400pp, $28.99) explores these issues in a tight narrative that views the event from the perspective of a middle-class Sydney family. It’s the second novel from Sydney author Amanda Hickie, following her reimagining of heaven in After Zoe. Continue reading Review of An Ordinary Epidemic in The Australian→
The reviews have been coming in for An Ordinary Epidemic and they are fantastic! Here are a couple to give you an idea:
Books+Publishing, review by Jessica Broadbent, librarian and former bookseller
‘What would you do in an epidemic? Stock up your pantry, gather your family and wait it out? But what if one of your kids was away on a school excursion? An Ordinary Epidemic explores these decisions and considers how broader society might cope with unexpected change—for example, what would happen if all the power plant workers decided to go home to their own families? It’s utterly fascinating, a little gruesome and impossible to put down. Continue reading Reviews of An Ordinary Epidemic→
The excellent children’s picture book One Step at a Time written by Jane Jolly and illustrated by Sally Heinrich has received many fabulous, insightful reviews. Here is one of them, from Magpies magazine. Continue reading Reviews of One Step at a Time→
On Friday 8 May 2015 we launched Amanda Hickie’s thrilling novel An Ordinary Epidemic at the SA Writers’ Centre in Adelaide. A supportive crowd braved the autumn rain to join us in celebrating this terrific novel. In her launch speech Lynette Washington made everyone acutely aware that Amanda’s story about a deadly outbreak could have been about us. What would you do if the epidemic hit? How far would you go to protect the ones you love? Amanda Hickie emphasised the importance of ethics in all of our lives and told us how the idea for the book came to her when she was living in Canada during the SARS outbreak. Continue reading An Ordinary Epidemic launched in style!→