Has foodie culture gone too far? (A leading food critic thinks so.) Is gluten avoidance sensible, or a fad? Five Indigenous writers whose books are must-reads. Windowless planes are coming. And William Gibson predicts the future, again.
Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of nine novels: Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors and Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves. His latest book is The Great Zoo of China.
We speak to arts writer and critic Chris Boyd about why dwelling on a ‘shocker of a show’ tends to amplify a negative opinion, why being paid for writing means you’re talented (according to Stephen King), and being influenced by Andrea Dworkin’s Intercourse.
Peter Carey speaks to Michael Williams about his new novel Amnesia, his school days at Geelong Grammar and Monash, the Australian character, and how he used Julian Assange as a springboard for creating his activist hacker, Gaby Baillieux.
In the week after Gough Whitlam’s death, Peter Carey spoke at length to Michael Williams about remembering the Dismissal, why he doesn’t like the term ‘conspiracy theory’, and why America had an interest in the Whitlam government’s demise – and might have been involved.
Novelist Jessie Cole reflects on the surprising self-exposure of writing fiction, the way it brings the submerged to the surface, ‘a little like posting a selfie that unwittingly reveals all your subconscious thoughts’ – unlike memoir, where the writer consciously mines and reveals their own subtext.
Current UN data shows that equal representation in parliaments worldwide will take at least two decades, if current growth is maintained. But here in Australia, the numbers don’t look good. There’s j…
The finalists for the Walkley Awards for Excellent in Journalism have been announced. Gary Shteyngart’s Little Failure book your diary. An autistic boy becomes BFFs with Siri. Trolls, stalkers and authors versus readers online. And why women with ADHD are massively underdiagnosed.
We speak to Kate Richards, author of Madness: A Memoir about why you should push your story further than you think you can, how literary theory can be taught but writing geniuses are born, and why you should read books that challenge you as a reader and challenge you as a writer.
The Wheeler Centre’s Jo Case speaks to Maggie Mackellar, author of How to Get There and When it Rains, about writing memoir, being in conversation with other books and writers, and why life writing is not cathartic.
While poring over cycling journals from the 1880s and 1890s, author Greg Foyster stumbled across some enlightening historical anecdotes about our city’s first ‘wheelmen’ and ‘wheelwomen’. Here, he shares how our cycling history should make us view the bicycle in a new light.
When Annabel Smith embarked on creating her interactive digital ebook The Ark, she realised how wedded we still are to the old-fashioned p-book … and the obstacles (in terms of technology, distribution platforms and publisher attitudes) that lie in the way of writers wanting to harness the possibilities of interactive digital media to tell their stories.
Julian Morrow is a co-founder of satirical media empire The Chaser and joke production company Giant Dwarf. His work in the field of public nuisance includes TV programs The Election Chaser, CNNNN, The Chaser’s War on Everything, The Hamster Wheel, The Unbelievable Truth and The Checkout.
Why infection prevention research is crucial in stopping the spread of diseases like Ebola. David Lynch’s LA (and our Twin Peaks tribute). A media editor goes undercover at Australian university journalism courses. Poland’s mysterious crooked forest. And how asylum seekers in detention care for their mental health through poetry … and Facebook.
We speak to Nic Low, author of Arms Race, about about loving the undo button, talking writing with Alex Miller, raising our kids on a diet of stories, and accidentally writing activist literature.
Stephanie Alexander AO is regarded as one of Australia’s great food educators. Her reputation has been earned through her thirty years as an owner-chef in several restaurants, as the author of 14 influential books and hundreds of articles about food matters, and for her groundbreaking work in creating the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker Prize last night for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, inspired by his father’s experiences as a prisoner of war. In this edited extract from Ramona Koval’s 2013 interview at the Wheeler Centre, Flanagan explores that family inspiration and the link between growing up with his father’s stories of his experiences as a prisoner of war and the creation of the novel.
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