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Susan Wyndham Susan Wyndham i(A32770 works by)
Born: Established: 1957 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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1 Corporal Hitler’s Pistol by Tom Keneally Review : A Rollicking Historical Crime Thriller Susan Wyndham , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 24 September 2021;

— Review of Corporal Hitler’s Pistol Thomas Keneally , 2021 single work novel
1 Crammed with Surprises : Trent Dalton's New Novel Susan Wyndham , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 426 2020; (p. 37)

— Review of All Our Shimmering Skies Trent Dalton , 2020 single work novel

'The cover of All Our Shimmering Skies is crammed with surprises. Look closely among the Australian wildflowers and you’ll find black hearts, butterflies, lightning bolts, a shovel, a crocodile, a dingo, a fruit bat, a Japanese fighter plane, and a red rising sun.' (Introduction)

1 Plein Air Susan Wyndham , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January / February no. 418 2020; (p. 14-15)

— Review of Womerah Lane : Lives and Landscapes Tom Carment , 2019 selected work essay
'Tom Carment the artist, writer, and man makes a perfectly integrated whole. Carment is a compact, casually neat figure who looks through round-lensed glasses and has a calm stillness even when he’s on the move, as he often is. His art and writing are also on a small scale, intimately observant, informal, and warmly appealing. He has exhibited his paintings and drawings for more than four decades and has written for almost as long, occasionally for publication and often in private. As he said at his book launch, he used to pour most of his thoughts into letters, including one he found recently that ran to thirty-eight pages.'


1 Out of Chaos Comes Form Susan Wyndham , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16 November 2019; (p. 26)

— Review of Yellow Notebook : Diaries Volume I, 1978-1986 Helen Garner , 2019 single work diary

'Helen Garner’s diaries reveal a writer full of complexity'

1 Charlotte Wood Captures the Feminist Zeitgeist Again in The Weekend Susan Wyndham , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 14 October 2019;

'A more domesticated sister to the wild, zeitgeist-capturing The Natural Way of Things, The Weekend distils the qualities that built Wood an admiring readership.' (Introduction)

1 Ninety and Still Dangerous Susan Wyndham , 2018 single work
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 February 2018; (p. 18)
1 Taking Sides Susan Wyndham , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 406 2018; (p. 38)

'The story of the Sydney Opera House is usually told as the heroic tragedy of its Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, who won the design competition for his breathtaking cluster of white sails but resigned before its completion over conflict about practicalities, costs, and government interference. In her exquisite novel Shell, Kristina Olsson comes at the drama obliquely, from the perspective of Sydney’s working people.' (Introduction)

1 The Last Literary Editor Susan Wyndham , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , December vol. 76 no. 4 2017; (p. 162-170)

'When I was still doing my job, I noticed I had begun to explain myself. ‘I’m literary editor of the Sydney Morning Herald … I run our coverage of books: commission book reviews, interview authors, report on the publishing industry.’ My title didn’t always draw blank looks from people I met outside the book world, but I was unconsciously taking pre-emptive action to avoid embarrassment. Strangers frequently told me they were keen readers of the Saturday books pages and envied my job, which they imagined as being paid to read books. I still played an important and beloved role in our culture, but I could also see that I was endangered, like newspapers themselves. As my colleagues increasingly had ‘digital’ and ‘social media’, ‘engagement’ and ‘audience’ in their job descriptions, literary editor—the title and the role—had begun to sound anachronistic.' (Introduction)

1 Writing from Start to Finish Susan Wyndham , 2017 single work essay review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26 August 2017; (p. 26)

'Georgia Blain’s fiction has always observed the effects of disruption on the domestic lives of her urban middle-class characters. Her novels and short stories often have drawn on her experiences. But, as a writer of cool restraint, she was aware that tragedy and coincidence were piling up in her life with a clumsy lack of credibility.

Towards the end of The Museum of Words, she summarises the “plot line” of her memoir as if it were a novel being assessed by her editor:

The central character has just put her mother in a home with Alzheimer’s, her mentor and best friend has terminal brain cancer, she has written a book about terminal brain cancer, and now she has it too … Maybe a little too much?' (Introduction)

1 Uncensored Susan Wyndham , 2017 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Unbreakable : Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope 2017; (p. 93-100)
1 Australian Writers' Festival Season in Full Bloom Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 26 August 2016;
'Writers' festival season is well underway wherever you may be in the country with the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival on this weekend ...'
1 Kim Mahood Susan Wyndham (interviewer), 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 August 2016; (p. 18) The Saturday Age , 20-21 August 2016; (p. 24)
1 Byron Writers' Festival Breaks Records in the Rain Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 12 August 2016;
'A storm smashed into the Byron Writers Festival site a night before the opening last week, shredding two marquees and flooding the beachside lawns of the well-named Elements of Byron Resort. Next morning the organisers thought they would have to cancel. Nature played a mean trick on director Edwina Johnson and retiring chair and founder Chris Hanley in the festival's 20th year. However, staff, volunteers and local companies laboured all day to erect new marquees, pump water and lay gravel, and as sessions began we would never have known. An outstanding program with 150 writers resulted in a 14 per cent rise in box office takings and a record 70,000 attendances over three days by more than 3000 visitors, many in new gumboots. (Veterans of the 2008 festival flood, like me, brought our own gumboots). ...'
1 Brenda Niall Wins the National Biography Prize for Mannix Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 8 August 2016;
'In researching her biography of Daniel Mannix, the Archbishop of Melbourne for 46 years, Brenda Niall was surprised to find how liberal his views were on most issues: he opposed World War I conscription, capital and corporal punishment, and the White Australia policy; supported the church reforms of Vatican II; and called for more openness in teaching children about sex. ...'
1 'Biographer's Nightmare' Beats Szubanski and Lands Top Prize Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 August 2016; (p. 22)
1 Visionary Real Estate Agent Chris Hanley Retires from Byron Writers Festival Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 28 July 2016;
'Although there are no statistics, Chris Hanley is almost certainly the only real estate agent in the world who has started a writers' festival. ...'
1 The Changing Fortunes of a Great Australian Author Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 15 July 2016;
'Henry Handel Richardson (real name Ethel Florence Lindesay Robertson) is the subject of the NSW Writers' Centre's annual event, Honouring Australian Writers. ...'
1 Fiona Wright's Small Acts of Disappearance Has a Big Win at the Kibble Award Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 14 July 2016;
'Sydney poet and essayist Fiona Wright has won the $30,000 Kibble Literary Award for women's life writing. In her book, Small Acts of Disappearance, Wright examines her own anorexia and the significance of hunger in a slender collection of essays that are both intimate and intellectual, frank and filled with poetic observations. ...'
1 Top Biographies Battle for $25,000 National Prize Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 5 July 2016; (p. 10)
Biography is a growing genre in Australian writing and, according to historian Peter Cochrane, that is a sign of a healthy society.
1 Capital Conference on Literature Susan Wyndham , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29 June 2016;
'Anyone can attend the conference of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature in Canberra on July 6-9. Indigenous writing is a theme with keynote speeches by novelist Melissa Lucashenko and American Professor Chadwick Allen, author of influential works on bridging Native American, Maori, Aboriginal and other indigenous literatures. ...'