Jackie French is a writer, dinosaur wrestler and wombat tamer from the Araluen Valley NSW. Her most recent books include Refuge, The Road to Gundagai, Wombat Goes to School and Bushfire – the last two created with Bruce Whately.
We spoke to Wendy about working in her pyjamas, writing to discover the new, and why she wouldn’t mind a date with the protagonist of her work-in-progress.
Geordie Williamson has just been appointed the new fiction editor of Island magazine. We spoke to him about his new appointment, his background as an editor for Duffy & Snellgrove, what he looks for in a story, and his approach to editing fiction … plus, tips for writers who might like to submit!
What are the foreign policies and relationships that will matter the most to Australia in 2014? And how might the new Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop make her mark at home and abroad? This…
Meg Mundell tells how a weekend job as a fairy for hire gave her some valuable lessons for her writing career … despite (or because of) working hungover, forgetting her wings and annoying parents by hyping up her small charges.
In her viral TED talk on creativity, Elizabeth Gilbert advocated for us finding a way to create a psychological barrier between the creative person and their anxieties, so they could concentrate on the work and not the reaction to it. She also mused on a return to ancient ways of thinking about creativity – as something outside the self.
Robert Gott is the author of 90 books of non-fiction and fiction. He is also the creator of the long-running newspaper cartoon, The Adventures of Naked Man, which he draws the old-fashioned way: with a nib pen dipped in ink.
Zoe Norton Lodge is a writer/presenter on The Checkout (ABC1). She is writing her first book with Giramondo Publishing. Zoe is the co-creator of Story Club, a monthly storytelling night which is also currently being developed for ABC2.
What’s it like to grow up Muslim in Australia? Find out about struggling with the difficult identity of ‘queer Muslim’, growing up in the Indian community in 1970s Sydney, and halal romance (and hijab fashion) at Muslim camp.
Pepi Ronalds talks to Melbourne comic artist Sam Wallman on the eve of the launch of his new anthology of Australian history comics, Fluid Prejudice. Sam’s online graphic novel, Serco Story, was recently published by the Global Mail.
We speak to the ABC’s South-East Asia correspondent Zoe Daniels about her career in journalism, writing for the pony club newsletter as a kid, and why empathy is a strength for a journalist, not a weakness.
Australian-Filipino Yasmin Newman is a food and travel writer, editor, presenter and photographer. Her work has featured in Feast, MasterChef Magazine, delicious and Selector magazines. She also presents Kitchen Conversations: Philippines for SBS Food Online.
Spiri Tsintziras has a keen interest in people and their stories. Her background is in social work and freelance journalism. She has worked in marketing, publishing and policy roles for more than 15 years and now runs the communications business Writing Spirit.
At Deakin Edge last night, Lionel Shriver talked about her latest novel, Big Brother, our culture’s obsession with food and weight, her feelings about being interviewed, and the fact that literary fame has been ‘nice’ rather than exciting.
Liam Pieper’s grandmother introduces him to her friends, as ‘my grandson who writes for the Internet’. You might find his work in the Monthly, Meanjin, The Best of The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging and The Sleepers Almanac. His memoir, The Feelgood Hit of The Year, is published by Penguin Australia in 2014. He is co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Residency. Find him on twitter @liampieper.
Is water a human right? A fashion accessory? A taste sensation? And is bottled water a potential force for good, in the form of ethical bottled water companies that transfer first world spending habits to projects that supply drinking water to the developing world? Or is bottled water an environmental menace, no matter how you look at it? We look at the topic from all kinds of angles.
Helen Szoke commenced as Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia in January 2013. Prior to this appointment, Helen served as Australia’s Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner, following seven years as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.
The Australian War Memorial was first advised internally to acknowledge the frontier wars way back in 1979. Our military historians accept that colonial conflict is part of our military history, but the Memorial still holds out. Why? Michael Green investigates.
Moira Finucane is a writer, director, performer and creator of volcanic and magic realist worlds … legendary salons, literary variety and intimate theatrical spectacles, internationally renowned for her arresting mix of provocation and entertainment,
Melbourne-based Gala Vanting is an award-winning erotic film producer, sex worker, educator, pleasure activist, and erotic imaginist.
Dogs' brains turn out to process voice and emotion much like humans' do. Why movies for (and about) old people are all the rage. Interning continues to rise – and even has its own hip magazine. John Green talks making things. And why Dead Poets' Society is the symbol of everything wrong with the humanities.
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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