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First Chapters Q&A with Paul Filev

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Paul Filev is a Melbourne based literary translator and editor.  Paul translates from Macedonian and from Spanish.  Some of his translated work appears in 2018 Best European Fiction and he will be reading from his most recent translation (from Macedonian) Alma Mahler by Sasha Dimovski.

1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a chapter from a published work for First Chapters.   Tell us what we can expect from the chapter you have chosen?
After providing a brief context for the novel, I will read the first few paragraphs from the opening chapter in the original Macedonian to give people a sense of the language, and then read the translation, including a bit more of the chapter, which acts as the “overture” or “prelude”, introducing the main themes and preoccupations of the novel.
2. What kind of books do you write translate?
Literary fiction predominantly from Macedonian, but also from Spanish. Aside from reading Macedonian and Spanish literature in the original language, I read mainly t…

First Chapters Q&A with Roger Averill

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Roger Averill is a Brunswick based author who also works as a freelance researcher and editor.   Roger will be reading from Relatively Famous (published by Transit Lounge) at our First Chapters event on Friday 1 June.

We asked Roger some general bookish questions because we were interested in finding out more about him and this is what he had to say.



1. Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a chapter from your published work at First Chapters.  
Tell us what we can expect from the chapter you have chosen?

I think I’ll read from Chapter 6. This is where the narrator, Michael Madigan, meets his father’s would-be biographer. This chapter deals with a couple of the book’s key themes, namely the way we can never really escape our parents’ influence, and the fraught allure of literary biography.

2. What kind of books do you write?

RelativelyFamous is my second novel. In addition to those two books, I’ve also published a travel memoir (Boy He Cry: An Island Odyssey) and a biography (Exile: The Li…

First Chapters Q&A with Robert Lukins

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Robert Lukins is a Melbourne based debut fiction author.  He has written for Crikey, The Big Issue and Rolling Stone magazine amongst other publications.
Robert will be reading from The Everlasting Sunday (published by UQP) at our First Chapters event on Friday 1 June.

We asked Robert some general bookish questions because we were interested in finding out more about him and this is what he had to say.


1.Brunswick Bound has asked you to read a chapter from your published work at First Chapters.  
Tell us what we can expect from the chapter you have chosen?

I'll be reading from the first chapter, and as it does for the central character I hope to take us into the cold and confusion of a crumbling Manor house; a home for those 'found by trouble' in rural England in 1962.


2.How would you describe the kind of books that you write?

The Everlasting Sunday is my first novel and I hope it is a lyrical and concentrated rendering of a distant world.
3. What was the first book that you read…

First Chapters Event Series at Brunswick Bound

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Last month we started an event series called First Chapters at Brunswick Bound.
We wanted to create opportunities for discovery and ways to connect more readers with some of our local authors.
The idea was for authors to read from their books, either a piece or chapter, and to engage with the audience in a Q&A.  One author might bring their following, and another might draw a different crowd altogether.  And perhaps there would be an author with no existing audience yet to speak of.
Together, four separate - and even very different - authors could find new readers from not only the bookshop's community, but that of their fellow authors.  Lovers of great writing could indeed discover authors they may otherwise never have heard of or even thought they might be interested in.
This was our hope.
So far, the event schedule is filled until October with talented and passionate authors who contacted us about participating.
I must say, I take my hat off to them.
An author is not neces…