Lindsay Simpson: Karen Kissane remembers driving into Kinglake, the day after the 2009 Black Saturday bush fires with a news photographer. We drove over fallen power-lines puddled on the road like spaghetti. We swerved around groups of incinerated cars. We passed dozens and dozens of houses that were smashed to the ground as if stomped by a giant foot. By the end of the 20-minute ride, the photographer and I had fallen silent. We had no words for this.
Lindsay Simpson: Malcolm Knox is a man of paradoxes. He answers questions with the same strident voice from his prose, fulfilling the promise on the blurb from his latest novel, Jamaica, that he is an “unflinching observer of fallibility, hypocrisy and thwarted ambition”.
Lindsay Simpson: The Water Dreamers was this year’s winner of the $10,000 Colin Roderick literary prize, administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies in memory of Professor Colin Roderick. Lindsay Simpson interviewed Dr Michael Cathcart, the winning author, about how water has defined this large island continent and its identity.