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Miriam Zolin

Miriam Zolin – writer, editor and publisher – is the force behind the National Jazz Writing Competition and independent micro-publisher extempore. She has a day job as well as postgraduate qualifications in Linguistics and Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. Close to completing her second novel, Miriam was also steeped in Victorian history and silversmithing lore as a child, thanks to her parents.

Miriam Zolin reviews 'Animal People' by Charlotte Wood

December 2011–January 2012, no. 337 24 November 2011
Early in Charlotte Wood’s previous novel The Children (2007), one of Stephen Connolly’s sisters describes him as lost; she says he carries within him ‘a bedrock of resentment … never articulated and never resolved, but which has formed the foundation for his every conversation, every glance from his guarded eyes’. Readers may disagree with this harsh assessment as they read Wood’s new ... (read more)

Miriam Zolin reviews 'A Break in the Chain' by Tangea Tansley

September 2011, no. 334 23 August 2011
Any attempt to write a novel that covers three generations, two centuries, and two continents is undeniably ambitious. Include subject matter that ranges from Jewishness and gemstones to the occult, and set the story in a vibrant and sometimes turbulent time in the history of Melbourne and Victoria, from the 1850s gold rushes to the early 1900s, and the possibilities are exciting. Whether A Break ... (read more)