January 30, 2018
In this really wonderful NZ podcast Better off Read, Pip Adam talks to comedian and writer Eamonn Marra about my short story ‘Cream Reaper’ and Eamonn’s fantastic ‘Dog Farm, Food Game’. Quote of the episode: “…I don’t know how to do sad without funny because I think all sad things are funny.” They talk about depression […]
December 4, 2017
Portable Curiosities made ABC Radio National’s list of 2017’s best summer reads. According to Ann Jones, presenter of RN’s Off Track:
‘I like a book that loosens my grip on reality and allows a little bit of magical realism to seep into the edges of my vision.
Julie Koh’s collections of short stories Portable Curiosities did just that.
The stories are dark and make fun of hipsters.
In fact, in gorgeous and believable flow, Koh unleashes a portmanteau of fables, which take on body image, racism, father-son relationships and cat cafes.
I loved these stories and this slim little paperback can slip right into your backpack for your summer trip. Just beware though — the ice cream you eat on the way might be fatal.’
December 1, 2017
A very nice surprise to discover that Portable Curiosities is one of the Australian Book Review‘s 2017 Books of the Year. According to Nicholas Jose, ‘Julie Koh’s Portable Curiosities (UQP, 8/16) is darkly comedic … combining formal inventiveness with a poker face in a particularly sharp collection of short stories. ‘The Three-Dimensional Yellow Man’ is surely a classic.’
November 24, 2017
An interview with Pip Adam on Radio NZ about the various ways we find out about books. In it, Pip mentions Portable Curiosities – a recommendation from writer and comedian Eamonn Marra.
September 26, 2017
Here’s an interview I did with The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. Having left a job in law to pursue writing, Koh spoke with us about the validation of adaptation, the self-directed path to being a writer – and the strange and wonderful people she’s met in the process.