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Over the years, my website has accumulated an archive of short pieces of prose, each of which can be read in the time it takes to drink a cup of tea. Most deal with the art and craft of writing, though some wander away up side paths. This archive can be accessed via the Writing Life tabs.

Because my love of images is almost as great as my love of words, I post whatever catches my eye to Instagram .

I can be contacted direct or through my literary agent. I hope you find something on the site to enjoy.

Tuesday 16 th June 2020

This week I've been in conversation with two lovely writers, both of whom have posted our chats on their websites.

Emma Ashmere's new short story collection Dreams They Forgot will be published by Wakefield Press on 1st September 2020.

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Emma's short stories have been widely published including in The Age, Griffith Review, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Sleepers Almanac, Etchings, Spineless Wonders,  and the Commonwealth Writers literary magazine adda. She was shortlisted for the 2019 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Award, 2019 Newcastle Short Story Award, 2018 Overland NUW Fair Australia Prize, and the 2001 Age Short Story Competition.

Emma lives in northern New South Wales and my conversation with her can be found here

Rachael Mead is a poet, writer and arts reviewer living in South Australia.

She's had an eclectic life, working as an archaeologist, environmental campaigner and seller of books both old and new. She has an Honours degree in Classical Archaeology, a Masters in Environmental Studies, a PhD in Creative Writing and is an affiliate of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide.

She is a novelist and poet, and her debut novel The Application of Pressure was released by Affirm Press in May 2020. Rachael has published four collections of poetry: The Flaw in the Pattern  (UWA Publishing 2018),  The Sixth Creek (Picaro Press 2013) and the chapbooks Sliding Down the Belly of the World (Wakefield Press 2012) and The Quiet Blue World (Garron Publishing 2015).

Click here to see what Rachael and I chatted about.


20th April 2020

I'm delighted to announce the publication of my novella Murmurations. The epigraph in the book comes from a scientific paper on the movements of starling flocks, and when I chose it I had no idea how uniquely applicable it would become to the strange time we are living through right now.

The change in the behavioural state of one animal affects and is affected by that of all other animals in the group, no matter how large the group is.

Lives merge and diverge; they soar and plunge, or come to rest in impenetrable silence. Erris Cleary's absence haunts the pages, a woman who complicates other lives yet confers unexpected blessings. Fly far, be free, urges Erris. Who can know why she smashes mirrors? Who can say why she does not heed her own advice?

'With beautiful, clear-eyed insight, Murmurations charts lives edging towards revelation or despair. The women at the heart of these stories have the poise and mystery of figures in paintings. We're drawn into intimacy with them through the grace of Carol Lefevre's benevolent vision and quietly assured prose.'
Michelle de Kretser

'Beautifully conceived and composed, Murmurations presents a series of stories that intriguingly fold into each other. There is not a false not here, not a single word out of place, not one detail that is irrelevant. By the end of the novella, the hidden griefs, fears and desries of people who are connected but emotionally estranged are revealed in such subtle, unexpected ways, you will want to re-read it straight aweay, and then again, and again.'
Debra Adelaide

Unfortunately, the launch planned for Murmurations had to be cancelled, but here is a short video that introduces the book. Murmurations can be ordered from your local bookshop, or direct from Spinifex Press. Due to the current restrictions Spinifex are selling all books at a 20% discount and with free postage too. Click here to order your book.

See the Canberra Times review here .


6th January 2019
Updated 10 th April 2019

It was wonderfully uplifting, as the old year drew to a close, to receive a cluster of positive reviews. In November The Happiness Glass was Pick of the Week in The Age, and Cameron Woodhead wrote this generous book review.

‘It is no surprise that Amy Witting is one of Lefevre’s literary heroes, and Lily’s voice possesses a steely wit, intellectual curiosity and emotional intelligence fans of Witting will be struck by. It’s a book limned and enriched by feminist thought, probing how women must run rings around literature (and often life) to write themselves into it.’

The Age, November 24th, 2018

The Happiness Glass also crept into the Books of the Year list in The Australian, picked by writer and academic Jill Burton, alongside books by a raft of wonderful writers. Burton wrote: ‘Lefevre delicately, hauntingly, blends fiction and essay in an interrogation of learning, loss and love.’
The Weekend Australian , December 22-23, 2018

Other reviewers were universally generous in praising The Happiness Glass.

‘With seamless skill, Lefevre blurs boundaries between memoir and fiction. Her poetic prose is infused with melancholic beauty, and she writes of home, of belonging and of memories lost — and of what it is to be a woman in a patriarchal world.

Katherine Arguile, 20th December Indaily Arts and Culture

In the online journal Backstory, Angela Wauchop has written a long review, of which this is an extract.

‘The Happiness Glass is one-of-a-kind, with its part memoir, part fiction structure. Yet no section of this insightful and heart-breaking book does not resound with a deep truth, and the air of greatly-moving accuracy.’

You can read the full review by following the link: www.backstoryjournal.com.au

The Happiness Glass is published by Spinifex Press.

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