Jennifer Moran is a writer, editor and reviewer.

She has previously been literary editor at The Canberra Times and editor of that paper’s Panorama section, books editor at The West Australian and editor of the West’s Ed Magazine. She has worked for newspapers and magazines in Africa and Australia. Jennifer is currently working on several print and online projects.

Latest posts

Can trust get trustier?

Can trust get trustier?

Trust starts out like a peony – multilayered, delicate, beautiful - and withers as we get older. Some dispose of it early, occasionally finding the odd petal hiding somewhere, and a few manage, through extraordinary good fortune and wise associations, to keep it blossoming into old age. Trust is a fragile emotion and is closely…

Search for justice in the tropics

Search for justice in the tropics

Queensland Magistrate Cathy McLennan’s Saltwater is a fast-paced, thoughtful, riveting memoir of her early working life in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service in Townsville. McLennan grew up in the idyllic island community of Magnetic Island where she and her classmates acquired pen friends from Palm Island, a short plane ride or longer…

Hell hath no fury like <br /> inconvenient women

Hell hath no fury like
inconvenient women

How convenient it would be for many men who have wooed beautiful young girls to bed if they could dispose of them when their existence became awkward. In Charlotte Wood’s harrowing, edgy novel, the unthinkable has happened – Yolanda wakes wearing strange, rough clothes and finds herself in a locked room. Birds are singing, she…

A sacrament in the<br />search for truth

A sacrament in the
search for truth

Some of Sebastian Barry’s characters appear in more than one book and so it is with Roseanne, one of the two first-person narrators in The Secret Scripture. We have previously met her briefly in The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, where we learned that she had been married to Eneas’s brother Tom and Eneas himself had…

A fix on falcons

A fix on falcons

It’s my extraordinary luck to have had, for a couple of years, a close seat at the virtuouso performances of Frodo and Frieda, the peregrine falcons that Brisbane takes to its heart each breeding season. They’re movie stars now courtesy of a local newspaper’s live cam that every August kicks in to let us all…

Letters tell a tragic tale

Letters tell a tragic tale

A tantalising absence manifests in Miriam Estensen’s The Letters of George and Elizabeth Bass – not the disappearance of George, which is an enduring, tragic mystery, but the lack of reproduction of the handwriting of the two protagonists of this haunting volume. It is, of course, possible, in these days of instant gratification to google…