Thursday, July 14, 2011
It asks minor celebrities for their secrets loves & hideouts in Melbourne. Well, I'm a minor celebrity - in my own mind at least - so here are my answers to the standard questions asked...
Leslie Cannold (or Dr Leslie to Dave Hughes and others at the 7pm Project)
Claim To Fame?
Ethicist and author of novel, The Book of Rachael, published in April but already in its third printing. I'm a columnist for the Sydney Sun-Herald, a chair and keynote speaker, and a commentator (I'm the resident ethicist on The 7pm Project and they kindly keep putting me on Q & A despite my slagging them off on Twitter for the perpetual gender imbalance of the panel). Oh, and I'm also a co-founder with Jane Caro and Cath Deveny of the No Chicks No Excuses website. A bit of Jill of all trades so most days my biggest claim to fame is that ending up in the right place at the right time with some clue about the right thing to say.
Favourite coffee in Melbourne?
Inker7 on Inkerman Street in St Kilda.
Favourite place to get a meal?
No contest there. La Cafe on Nelson Street in Balaclava. Great food, nice people and spacious non-wobbly tables where they let writerly-types spread out and take up residence for the day. The lovely waiting staff even try to steer noisy types to distant tables. I love that place.
I'm a writer and have no money. I don't shop.
Favourite Melbourne memory?
Talking to the crowd assembled in front of the State Library on Swanston for the first annual SlutWalk. Nearly half of the people there - standing up on an issue that largely though not exclusively affects women - were men. Only in Melbourne. Respect.
What's your best-kept Melbourne secret?
Oh, that fantastic mid-town restaurant that nobody knows about.... You're kidding with that question, right?
What are you working on at the moment?
Making money. It's my penance for having spent 7 years writing The Book of Rachael. But next month my two-day a week lease on a writer's space at Glenfern in East St Kilda begins. I can't wait, because underneath all the business and titles, I'm really a novelist and can't wait to get started on my second book.
I'm Leslie Cannold, a newspaper columnist, researcher, ethicist, and vocalist. Some years ago I left my University job to finish a historical novel. The book is about Rachael, a clever and ambitious Jewish girl who yearns for more than her lot, and who happens to be Jesus's sister. It's published by Text and is now available electronically & in hard copy at all solvent bookstores (independents & Dymocks & airport newsagents - yes, Redgroup's Borders and A&R not so much). It's getting great reviews. Here, I talk about the writing, editing and publicity processes, and seek your comments on thought-bubbles and heckles that arise for me as I get my ideas for books from paddock to plate.