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Mad Squirrel Waxes Lyrical

Posted by Dallas Angguish on Thursday, November 20, 2014,
I was recently invited to participate in a talk-back radio discussion on the topic “Are writers born or made”. The invitation came after an article I co-wrote about the benefits of creative writing programs was published in The Conversation. The discussion was on ABC radio. The announcer was Sonya Feldhoff. It went okay, except I was talking very quickly and saying lots of not-quite-on-topic things and sounded like a mad squirrel hopped up on backyard methamphetamines. Shouldn't have had ...
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Is it possible to become a writer, or is writing ability an inborn talent?

Posted by Dallas Angguish on Sunday, March 25, 2012, In : Writing 


I was on a panel at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival recently and made one of those rather glib and throw-away statements that are becoming a rather predictable part of my repertoire when in public. It’s not that I want to be glib; it’s just that being in public spaces provokes acute anxiety and nervous exhilaration in equal measure so that I’m not really myself. It’s a bit like being a Catholic priest at a Gay Pride parade.
 

So, what I said was that I didn’t believe in ...


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Writing in Pixels

Posted by Dallas Angguish on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, In : Photography 


Ask any writer how they do what they do and you'll get a diverse range of answers. Most writers however will agree that their writing practice is fed by these three things:
  1. Reading
  2. Introspection (which sometimes requires solitude); and
  3. Social interactions (which often requires alcohol).

Some writers, especially those for whom writing is as much an act of reflection as an act of communication, say that music and visual art both play a part in inspiring, sustaining and reinvigorating th...


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Photography 1

Posted by Dallas Angguish on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, In : Photography 




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Why I Love Southern Literature

Posted by Dallas Angguish on Saturday, November 26, 2011, In : Southern Writing 

My new book is a collection of travel tales set in the Deep South of the USA. People are always asking me why I love the South and Southern literature so much. As a queer man, it might seem that there is much about the South for me to dislike. Well, let me explain, drawing on some of the Preface of America Divine.

The landscape of my travel tales is the American South, a place that I have visited a number of times over a decade or so. Although I am certainly writing about my experience ...


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Welcome to Blogilicious

Posted by Dallas Angguish on Sunday, November 20, 2011, In : Introduction 
 

So, I wanted a space where I could deposit my thoughts, feelings and rants about books, writing and writers. Blogilicious is it. From time to time I will review new books, and sometimes I'll review old books, but mostly I'll be musing over the writing that has most influenced me and discussing the ins and outs of the thankless and torturous art that is writing. I'll also share quotes from writers and other notables that inspire me. I might also do a bit of whining about the sorry state of...


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About Me


I am a writer, editor and academic based in Australia. I have been published in a number of journals including TEXT Journal, Lodestar Quarterly, Retort Magazine, Bukker Tillibul and Polari Journal (of which I am the editor). My work has also appeared in the anthologies Bend, Don’t Shatter (2004), Dumped (2000 and US edition 2002) and Sensual Travels (2013). A collection of my short works, Anywhere But Here, was published in 2006 and received very positive reviews. My collection America Divine: Travels in the Hidden South was published by Phosphor Books. I have a PhD in Writing from Griffith University.