Home (cover) > Current issue of The Bookroom


Last Issue: News and Reviews round up





Buy from Amazon, help us fund the site





Spring 2022 (Sep-Nov)


Nine Australian Writers Set To Accelerate Their Projects To The World Stage

Nine Australian writers have been selected to participate in the highly coveted screenwriter accelerator, Impact Australia, delivered by Impact and Gentle Giant Media Group.

Launching in Melbourne, the eight-week intensive will see talented writers from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory convene at the University of Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts' Southbank campus to participate in the program.

The successful participants of Impact Australia 2022 are:

Victoria Other People by Jordan Prosser; After Her by Sunanda Sachatrakul; Don't You Remember by Dannika Horva

New South Wales Norfolk by Elias Jamieson Brown; The Mandala by Joel Perlgut and Victoria Zerbst; The Almost Insufferable Burden of Being a Talented Woman by Siobhan Domingo

Queensland Roxbury Manor by Paul Clarke

Australian Capital Territory Poly by Naomi Telushkin

Participants will be mentored by industry-leading screenwriters from around the globe. This team of Shapers will support and empower the diverse group of creators with the goal of accelerating the selected projects to be pitch-ready for global buyers and producers at the Impact Global Pitch Day in January 2023.

This year, the world-class Shapers will include Shaun Grant (Nitram, The Snowtown Murders), Kai Yu Wu (The Flash, Paper Girls), Sarah Lambert (Lambs of God, Love Child), Stuart Beattie (Obi-Wan Kenobi, I Frankenstein), Hunter Covington (Community, Black AF) and Stacy Traub (Black-Ish, Glee).

Impact Australia is supported by Screen Australia and Learning Partner the University of Melbourne, in partnership with VicScreen, Screen NSW, Screen Queensland and Screen Canberra.

Spring, 2022 (Sep-Nov)

Must-Read Books by Indigenous Authors

From page-turning science fiction to moving memoirs, celebrate the stories and voices of Native American and Indigenous authors. Spotlight and uplift #StoriesoftheLand, this month and every month!

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Penguin Random House will donate 15% of PRH.com net proceeds throughout the month (from Nov 1 2022 to Nov 30 2022, and up to $30K) to the American Indian College Fund, supporting their mission to invest in Native students and tribal college education to transform lives and communities


The Usual Questions Project

Collage, signatures, autographs, photographs, authors; 120x136

More authors have answered The Usual Questions, our quirky, Q and A sessions.

Anyone who is a professional can be part of the project: authors, illustrators, film-makers, performers. The Usual Questions index page has a list of the authors and film-makers and illustrators participating in the project.

People who have answered the questions in the past include Terry Pratchett, Lawrence Block, Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, Tanya Huff, Harlan Ellison.

This issue, the following authors and editors and illustrators have responded:

Jennie Bentley answers The Usual Questions,

For posts about Melbourne events, places, news, reviews, giveaways, see our Festivale Online Facebook Page: