Many thanks to Rebecca Giggs, for her excellent, thought-provoking posts.
This month, our blogger will be David Brooks, one of our managing editors and editor of our upcoming Liar/Lyre issue, writing on animals, ethics, and literature. His bio is below:
David Brooks has published several collections of poetry, short fiction and essays, and four novels, the most recent of which is The Conversation (UQP 2012). His work has been highly acclaimed, widely translated and anthologised, and short-listed for the Miles Franklin, NSW Premier’s, Adelaide Festival, Banjo and many other awards. In 2011 he published The Sons of Clovis: Ern Malley, Adoré Floupette, and a Secret history of Australian Poetry. Until late 2012 he taught Australian Literature at the University of Sydney, where he also directed the Postgraduate Writing Program. He has been co-editor of Southerly since 1999. He lives in the Blue Mountains, and spends a small part of each year in a village on the coast of Slovenia. A vegan, animal rights advocate, and author of numerous pieces on writing the animal, he is currently working with John Kinsella on a book of essays on the animal in literature (mainly but not exclusively Australian), and, with Christine Townend, founder of Animal Liberation, editing a small collection of poetry about kangaroos.