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Susan Midalia

Susan Midalia is a Perth-based author of four short story collections, and the novels The Art of Persuasion (2018) and Everyday Madness (2021). She is also a freelance editor and mentor, and has been a judge of the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards and the T.A.G. Hungerford Award, as well as numerous short story competitions.

Susan Midalia reviews 'Pulse Points' by Jennifer Down

September 2017, no. 394 25 August 2017
Barbara Kingsolver, praising the skill required to write a memorable short story, described the form as entailing ‘the successful execution of large truths delivered in tight spaces’. Her description certainly applies to Jennifer Down’s wonderful début collection, Pulse Points. Using the typical strategies of suggestion, ambiguity, and inconclusiveness of those ‘tight spaces’, Down’s ... (read more)

Susan Midalia reviews 'My Hearts Are Your Hearts' by Carmel Bird

October 2015, no. 375 30 September 2015
In one of the reflective essays that complement her new collection of stories, My Hearts Are Your Hearts, Carmel Bird likens short story writing to the art of the conjuror who takes ‘coloured silk handkerchiefs, pull[s] them all in to make a ball, and then, with a flourish, open[s] them up as a full-blown rose’. This charming metaphor suggests not only Bird’s understanding of the subtlety an ... (read more)

Susan Midalia reviews 'Foreign Soil' by Maxine Beneba Clarke

June–July 2014, no. 362 26 May 2014
Maxine Beneba Clarke is already a well-known Melbourne voice: a fiction writer and slam poet with an enthusiastic following. Now we have her first collection of short stories, Foreign Soil – the winner of the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript – and it is a remarkable collection indeed. While its ten stories, ranging in length from fifteen to fifty pages, are unasha ... (read more)
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