Author Archives: Tina

Wonderful ceramics

While in Wellington recently I visited an exhibition of Bronwynne Cornish’s work. It was brilliant to see these pieces ‘in the flesh’ – and even to take photographs. 

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Landfall review of TCP

A wonderful review of my novel The Children’s Pond has just gone onto Landfall Review Online http://www.landfallreview.com David Herkt comments: Shaw is always more than she seems as a novelist, going the extra distance. An attentive reader will find the novel filled … Continue reading

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On creativity

Some pertinent comments from Kevin Ashton, author of How to Fly a Horse: The secret history of creation, invention, and discovery: “The people who are truly passionate, truly engaged and incredibly persistent and take lots of small steps by showing up … Continue reading

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Where ideas come from?

Writerly thoughts from Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mark Strand who died in November 2014:  “One of the amazing things about what I do is you don’t know when you’re going to be hit with an idea, you don’t know where … Continue reading

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Good writing

One of the many wonderful things Donna Tartt does in her writing (see The Goldfinch) is use descriptive ‘lists’ … this is a technique that really adds depth and interest to her writing: “What I somehow hadn’t expected was a … Continue reading

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‘What are the biggest lessons you’ve learnt from your failures?’

Failure is something many writers come up against time and again, so I was interested to read this response from young Australian artist Gemma Jones: “That a knock-back stings, but it doesn’t really injure you. That I sometimes live in … Continue reading

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Finally, a positive article on publishing

From The Economist, a marvellous essay on books and publishing. Here are a few quotes: ‘… to see technology purely as a threat to books risks missing a key point. Books are not just “tree flakes encased in dead cow”, … Continue reading

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Latest review

Neat review of The Children’s Pond by Karen Chisholm on the AustCrimeFiction blog: www.austcrimefiction.org/review/review-childrens-pond-tina-shaw

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A v special fan email

Dear Tina Just finished – late last night – the new novel. & greatly enjoyed it, did I. Congratulations’n’ all that I haven’t ever fished for trout, but have always loved the area. I used to stay, on a regular … Continue reading

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Hager makes some good points

Dirty Politics makes some really insightful comments about the media and voting. Hager may sound idealistic, but wouldn’t it be great to aim for a fair and transparent style of politics in this country? Here’s one point he made that … Continue reading

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