• Lit Live: Sarah McNeill

Shaken not Stirred

JULY'S edition, Shaken not Stirred ended with a riotous reading of Ian Fleming’s seventh James Bond novel, Goldfinger.

It was proof that some fiction doesn’t stand the test of time in quite the same way that Greg McNeill’s rendition of the delightfully funny Aussie larrikin tale, Loaded Dog by Henry Lawson.

The latter was written in 1901, published in Lawson’s collection, Joe Wilson and His Mates.

Goldfinger was written a mere 60 years ago... and I have been inundated with requests to find more pulp fiction!

The evening began with Rebecca Davis reading the contemporary gothic tale, Horror Story by American gothic writer, Carmen Maria Machado.

Melbourne author Aoife (pronounced eef-a) Clifford is the author of three novels and the short story Crossing Bridges, about a wife who cannot shake off disturbing thoughts about things her travelling husband may have done.

Monica Dux is a newspaper columnist and author of three feminist books. Her essay, Youthful Friendships, explores how friendships change over the years.