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The Weather Report: Poems by Aurelia Guo, Hot Desk Fellowship Extracts 2014

Aurelia Guo’s The Weather Report is a performance poetry series of found and self-authored fragments, taken from the internet, daily life and social interactions. Here are two of the poems she worked on during her time as a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow.

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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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Renewable Energy

Both environmental and economic arguments make a case for renewable energy. But how is Australia placed to launch into that future? We’ll consider the decentralised electricity movement, support (or

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Anne Frank, from Diary to Book

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Watching Me, Watching You

What will become of the rights of investigative journalists and whistleblowers in the wake of Snowden, Assange and Manning? How can our media balance investigative surveillance with the government’s

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How to Adapt and Adopt: The Challenge of News Media in a Citizen Empowered Age

Kim Williams has been a senior media executive for over 30 years, working in television management, film and television production, public policy in government and most recently as CEO of News Corp

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'Eva': From The Love of a Bad Man by Laura Woollett, Hot Desk Fellowship Extracts 2014

Laura Woollett is working on a proposed collection of short stories, The Love of a Bad Man, spotlighting the women who have stood by some of history’s most sinister men. Whether mistresses, accomplices, or victims themselves, these women have something in common: they have all felt the allure of evil. This is one of her stories, ‘Eva’.

File under: Dailies (22 Sep 14)

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Matthew Reilly

Matthew Reilly was recently dubbed ‘publishing’s boy wonder’ by the Sydney Morning Herald. His action-packed blockbuster novels read like Hollywood movies, with the sound turned up – and they’ve

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Let's Talk About Sex: What Do Women Want?

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Andy Griffiths

If you’re an Australian kid of a certain age (or a parent of one), you’ll already know who Andy Griffiths is. He’s a master of comic novels, silly scenarios and kooky characters – and a man who’s

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Friday High Five: Stephen King, Professor Dumpster, the Italian Crying Indian

Stephen King shares some terrific tips for teaching writing. An Austin professor has moved into a dumpster on the campus of his university. A 15-year-old student shows off the wedding dress she made from divorce papers. The iconic ‘crying Indian’ of the 1971 anti-pollution ad (and countless westerns) is actually Italian. And why tech giants like the late Steve Jobs restricted their kids' use of online gadgets.

File under: Dailies (19 Sep 14)

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Working with Words: Samuel Wagan Watson

Samuel Wagan Watson delivers a thoughtful and enlightening piece that answers our usual series of ten questions, and traces his development, inspiration and approach as a writer: being inspired by Marvel Comics, falling into poetry, weird critical responses, and his background as a working-class writer within a family of writers.

File under: Dailies (18 Sep 14)

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Refusing Not to See: On Kylie Ladd's Mothers and Daughters

Jo Case reflects on the defining themes of Kylie Ladd’s new novel, Mothers and Daughters: the complexities of female friendships, 21st-century adolescence, and the divide between black and white Australia. It’s all set against the stark tropical beauty of Broome, where Kylie and her family lived for a year.

File under: Dailies (17 Sep 14)

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Greg Combet: Unions, Labor and Leadership

Greg Combet is one of the most influential public figures of his generation. A former leader of the ACTU, and parliamentary secretary and senior minister in the Rudd-Gillard Labor governments

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Good News and Bad: Australia's Renewable Energy Future

The Australian government is committed to supporting the coal industry. Meanwhile, nations around the world are stepping up their support for renewable energy, and for the first time in history, Australia will need no new coal or gas power capacity in the next ten years. We look at the good and bad news about our renewable energy future.

File under: Dailies (16 Sep 14)

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Hit-and-Run Books and 'Literary' Works: On True Crime, from Garner to Chopper Read

Crime writer Andrew Nette looks at the evolution of the true crime genre in Australia, from literary approaches by Helen Garner and Anna Krien, and serious works of journalism by Robin De Crespigny and Matthew Condon, to ‘hit and run’ books. What can a good true crime book explore, beyond the crime? And why is the genre suddenly so popular?

File under: Dailies (15 Sep 14)

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The Fifth Estate: Power Flail

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Let's Talk About Sex: Feminist Pornography

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Blak Wave

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Friday High Five: Colonising Mars, Awkwardness and Food Fashion

We’re set to colonise Mars: this century. Why is awkwardness so important? The next food trend: chefs ordering genetically engineered vegetables from seed producers. An author interviews her editors, agent and publicists. And homeless LGBT teens in the US.

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Art & us: Art & the universe

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Liz Thompson

Liz Thompson is a Melbourne-based migration agent, working predominantly with asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat. She worked on Manus Island as a Claims Assistance Provider until resigning in February 2014.

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Tristan Meecham

Tristan Meecham is a performance artist who works with the grand and the ridiculous. He is passionate about connecting community, audience and artists together in events that transcend the everyday. One day he will collaborate with Grace Jones. Tristan created The Coming Out Trilogy, three large-scale performance spectacles that include Fun Run, Game Show, and Miss Universe.

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Science Fiction Addiction

Is there such a thing as Australian science fiction – when you’re dealing with other worlds, does the nationality of the writer (and the setting) matter? Are there any questions or issues that

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Working with Words: Rebecca Lim

We speak to Rebecca Lim, author of The Astrologer’s Daughter, about ‘channeling voices’ when you write, creating ‘strong, quick-witted female protagonists who aren’t necessarily nice, likeable, tractable or pretty’, and why her best writing advice comes from Kate Bush.

File under: Dailies (11 Sep 14)

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Ice Buckets, Celebrity Deaths and Other Clickbait: Why Old News is the New News

Anthony Morris looks at why so much of what we see in the newspapers (and worse, their online counterparts) these days is new versions of what we’ve already seen elsewhere. He measures the impact of clickbait, and its precise clocking of readership – and questions how we’ll ever hear about the new, when our reading behaviour demands more of the old.

File under: Dailies (10 Sep 14)

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Bibliomancer: Gerard Elson Decodes the 'Aggressively Literary' Nick Cave

In this extract from the cover story of the latest Island magazine, Gerard Elson goes in search of Nick Cave’s inner word nerd, and unearths his various literary influences.

File under: Dailies (09 Sep 14)

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Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi is one of those chefs. The ones whose names sell millions of cookbooks around the world, and headline restaurants.

He’s known and loved for books like Jerusalem – a richly evocative c

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David Walsh

David Walsh is a mathematician, gambler and gallery owner from Hobart.

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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.

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