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Stuck in the Midlist with You: On Being a Midlist Author

Mel Campbell published her first book, Out of Shape, last year. Since then, she’s been struggling with ideas of what it is to be a successful author … along with most of the other authors published in Australia. Here, she reflects on what it means to be in the ‘midlist’ right now: financially, personally and professionally.

File under: Dailies (21 Aug 14)

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Eavesdropping on Artists: Hipbone Sticking Out / TEAM OF LIFE

We’ll explore how theatre can combine politics and storytelling. With theatre director Sue Giles, visual artist Bindi Cole and chair Luke Hockey.

Eavesdropping on Artists

A series of interactive

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Bat the Raven: A graphic novel by Sebastian Fowler, Hot Desk Fellowship Extracts 2014

Sebastian Fowler’s Bat the Raven is an all-ages graphic novel about an unusual little raven named Bat Ravensson, who stands out from his siblings because of his sticky-uppy head feathers, which make him look a bit like a bat, and has a rough time at school. We share a selection of his work-in-progress.

File under: Dailies (20 Aug 14)

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Epic Fail: Erik Jensen

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Persistence: Fiction on Sri Lanka's Civil War by Rajith Savanadasa, Hot Desk Fellowship Extracts 2014

Rajith Savanadasa is writing a novel or collection of linked stories that re-interprets the semicircular stone slab known as a moonstone (or Sandakada Pahana) in Sri Lanka. It’s about a family living in Colombo, Sri Lanka at the end of the civil war in 2009. Each chapter’s from the perspective of a family member. This extract, written during Savanadasa’s time as a Hot Desk Fellow, is the mother’s chapter.

File under: Dailies (19 Aug 14)

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Forgotten Rebels

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Memoir of a 'Queer Callboy': Dan Bledwich, Hot Desk Fellowship Extracts 2014

Dan Bledwich is a 29-year-old sex worker and writer who lives in Melbourne. During his Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, he worked on his memoir, which covers being a ‘queer callboy’, and growing up in regional Australia in an environment of abuse, neglect, and intense schoolyard bullying. We share an extract today.

File under: Dailies (18 Aug 14)

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Sian Prior on Shyness

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Weather Stations: Oisin McGann

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Friday High Five: Creativity and Mental Illness, Living Off the Grid

Remembering Robin Williams. Is creativity linked to mental illness, or is it a myth? Go behind the creation of a great book cover. James Franco’s short stories are now a Coppola film. And a photo-essay on Europeans who’ve chosen to live away from mainstream society.

File under: Dailies (15 Aug 14)

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Working with Words: Andrew Nette

We speak to crime writer, reviewer and lover of all things noir Andrew Nette about being paid for your literary labour, why the best advice for writers is to just get your first draft done, and why being a writer comes from deep down within a person – and you either have the hunger to do it, or you don’t.

File under: Dailies (14 Aug 14)

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Favel Parrett

Favel Parrett burst onto the Australian literary scene in a flood of well-deserved praise (and comparisons to Tim Winton) with her darkly beautiful debut, Past the Shallows, shortlisted for the

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Meet the Fellows: Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship 2014, Round Two

Our second group of Hot Desk Fellows for 2014 are settled at their desks in the Wheeler Centre, getting stuck into their writing projects. We thought you might like to see what they’re up to – so here’s an introduction to the six talented scribes currently occupying the hot desks, and their projects.

File under: Dailies (13 Aug 14)

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Paid Less, But Published More: On Paying the Writers

Film and television journalist Anthony Morris looks at how the internet (and before that, the street press) has changed the landscape for writers – and asks whether we’d really want to turn back the clock. There may be less writing jobs these days, he says, but there are more working writers … and there’s more choice about what they write about.

File under: Dailies (12 Aug 14)

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'I Lost in Politics to Money': Rob Oakeshott on Corporate Interests in Politics

When former independent MP Rob Oakeshott spoke at Epic Fail recently, he shared what his time in federal parliament taught him about power, money, the influence of corporate interests and the benefit of hindsight.

File under: Dailies (11 Aug 14)

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Bob Brown On Optimism

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Epic Fail: Julian Burnside

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Bob Brown: Optimism for Kids

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Epic Fail: Nahji Chu

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Epic Fail: Sarah Blasko

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Words & music: Hannah Kent and Lior

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Friday High Five: Songs about books, rock and roll pauses, and there's a rap for that

In this week’s Friday High Five, it’s about the music – with songs about books, songs as books, raps about literature and Jennifer Egan’s great rock and roll pauses. Headphones recommended.

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Working with Words: Stephanie Van Schilt

We talk to The Lifted Brow deputy editor Stephanie Van Schilt about being so committed to her work that she watched Baz Luhrmann’s Australia twice before she wrote about it, why you should fake it til you make it (and exercise) to make it in writing and editing, and what she’d be doing with her life in the darkest timeline.

File under: Dailies (07 Aug 14)

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One in Two: Juvenile Injustice

Every second young person in detention in Australia is Indigenous. The human impact of this confronting statistic is the destruction of families, the weakening of communities and the inadvertent

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'The Year my Brain Broke': Clare Wright's Epic Fail

From the outside, Clare Wright’s life is a model of professional achievement and personal contentment. And yet, when she was asked to take part in the Wheeler Centre’s Epic Fail event, she immediately knew what to write about. Here, she shares her story of the ‘the year my brain broke’ – and how she came back from the brink, stronger than ever.

File under: Dailies (06 Aug 14)

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Christopher Clark

Christopher Clark is Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College. He is the author of The Politics of Conversion, Kaiser Wilhelm II and Iron Kingdom.

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Epic Fail: Sam Bramham

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Epic Fail: Rob Oakeshott

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Epic Fail: Clare Wright

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Wheeler Centre?

The Wheeler Centre is Melbourne’s home for smart, passionate and entertaining public talks on every topic.

Across 200+ events each year, you’ll find some of our finest local and international thinkers and speakers, sharing their expertise, their imagination and their ideas.

The majority of events are free.

The Wheeler Centre is the centrepiece of the Victorian Government’s City of Literature initiative.


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