Earlier this week, in a Digital Writers Festival Event, Sophie Cunningham spoke to four of the shortlisted writers of The Stella Prize about their work, the prize and raising the profile of women’s writing. Here are some highlights.
We speak to Adam Alter, author of Drunk Tank Pink: The Subconscious Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel and Behave, about loving academia, why it’s powerful to get feedback from children on your work, and his advice for aspiring writers: write a letter or an email to 20 of your favourite writers, explaining your aspirations and asking for advice.
Brendan Sydes has been the CEO of the Environment Defenders Office since 2005, after working for a number of years with a prominent law firm.
Oisín McGann is one of Ireland’s leading writers and illustrators of books for children and young adults.
Sally Rippin’s series for primary school age children, Billie B. Brown and Hey Jack!, are bestsellers with young readers of all reading levels. So she’s well equipped to give advice on helping instil a love of reading in reluctant readers. Here are some of her tips – and her story on the genesis of Billie and Jack.
Shakira Hussein reflects on a Queensland childhood frozen in time across several generations, under the era of Joh Bjelke-Petersen – so that David Malouf’s reflections of his childhood in the 1930s and 40s evokes memories of her own in the 1970s and 80s.
Abraham ‘Abe’ Nouk is the founder and director at Creative Rebellion Youth.
A neighbourhood bag lady in Chicago is revealed as a world-famous street photographer. Australia becomes the third country to get Nielsen TV Twitter Ratings. A call for books and video games to be more closely linked … and for Bret Easton Ellis to write a video game. The Big Issue fiction edition is open for entries. And AIDS is an issue in America’s deep south.
Last month, we published an article on anonymous reviewing, in the context of the new Saturday Paper’s embrace of the format. Soon after, we were approached by a Saturday Paper reviewer offering to give an alternative view. The Wheeler Centre’s Jo Case spoke to the reviewer about the ‘creative potential’ of anonymous reviewing as a form (and the wider possibilities of doing criticism differently), the need to give a new space for literary coverage a chance, and a look at the Saturday Paper so far.
Lorna Munro, is a dynamic Wiradjuri/Gamilaroi artist/ educator working with visual arts, poetry, performance, radio, film, television, theatre and set design.
We chat with feminist writer Andie Fox about connecting with readers through your writing, why memoir-style writing is difficult to write well and safely, and why it’s good to pursue writing as a second career – and not just for the obvious monetary reasons.
We interview one of the creators of Australian Tumbleweeds, an anonymous comedy blog run by a small team of writers who are passionate about televised comedy and brand themselves ‘Australia’s most opinionated blog about comedy’. We talked about the state of Australian comedy (and television writing), why being critical encourages good work, and the freedoms and responsibilities of anonymity.
A past member of the Campfire group, Richard Bell is a founding member of Brisbane-based Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW. He is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Human sexual behaviour is constantly changing, evolving alongside broader social and cultural changes. These days, both men and women have more sexual partners over a lifetime than they did in the past. Researcher Dyani Lewis weighs the pros and cons of 21st-century promiscuity, and looks at why awareness of STIs has fallen so out of step with sexual mores and habits.
Dr Alan Duffy is a research fellow at Swinburne University, creating model universes within supercomputers to study the growth of galaxies, from the Big Bang to the present day.
The waste of overconsumption becomes beautiful under a photographer’s eye. An article on hipsters actually worth reading (because it pokes fun at the whole thing). Meg Wolitzer shares her cultural influences. A Belgian teacher uses Game of Thrones spoilers as punishment. And Geoff Dyer writes about his stroke in LRB.
Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of over 10,000 women’s daily experiences of gender inequality.
Jeff Khan is a curator and writer working across the visual arts, performance and dance. He is currently Artistic Director of Performance Space, Sydney, and has a particular interest in site-specific and socially-engaged practices.
We talk to writer, editor, artist Holly Childs (author of the novella No Limit) about writing poems about dishwashers, being sponsored as a writer by a Paris fashion label, working all the time but rarely getting paid, and creative feedback loops.
The Wheeler Centre’s Jo Case recently attended an event at the NYC Teen Authors Festival in New York, which looked at the blurry line between writing for teens and adults – chaired by publisher and author David Levithan. On the panel were Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer E. Smith, Patrick Flannery and Eliot Schrefer. Here are some highlights.
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