The Floating Garden on Radio National
by Emma Ashmere
Hello there, It’s been a big week with my debut novel The Floating Garden being published by Spinifex Press. What a wonderful feeling to sign books for people and watch them being walked away under their arms. The book launch itself was almost sunk by wild weather and surrounding floods, but there was a last minute plot twist in store – complete with happy ending. Thanks to some local ingenuity, an impromptu ‘silver lining’ mini launch sprang up, with a burst of sun.
Earlier in the week there’d been a dash to the Lismore ABC studios to record an interview with Sydney-based Kate Evans for Radio National’s program Books Plus. Kate asked some wonderful questions. It was fantastic to be asked on to the show.
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Emma Ashmere’s new short story collection DREAMS THEY FORGOT is published by Wakefield Press. Her stories have been widely published including in the Age, Griffith Review, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Sleepers Almanac, Short Australian Stories, #8WordStory, NGVmagazine, and the Commonwealth Writers literary magazine, adda. She was shortlisted for the 2019 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, 2019 Newcastle Short Story Award, 2018 Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize, and the 2001 Age Short Story Competition; and longlisted for the 2020 Big Issue Fiction Edition, and the 2020 Heroines Prize, with another story forthcoming in the NZ/Aust Scorchers climate change anthology. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, THE FLOATING GARDEN was shortlisted for the Small Press Network MUBA prize 2016. Read more of her posts re short and long stories here.