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Friday High Five: Foodies, Technology and the Future

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.

File under: Dailies (31 Oct 14)

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Near Neighbours: Timor-Leste

It has been fifteen years since Indonesia relinquished control of East Timor and the Australian-led intervention supported the successful quest for self-determination. Following the independence

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The Fifth Estate: Wayne Swan in Melbourne

File under: Videos (30 Oct 14)

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Matthew Reilly

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.

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Working with Words: Chris Boyd

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.

File under: Dailies (30 Oct 14)

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Humour in a Dark World: An Interview with Peter Carey

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.

File under: Dailies (29 Oct 14)

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Melbourne Citizens' Forum

Whatever your political stripe or ideological bent, if you care about the kind of world we live in it’s hard not to feel deflated about the opportunities for (and outcomes of) civic engagement. Did c

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Peter Carey on the Dismissal and 'Conspiracy Theories'

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.

File under: Dailies (28 Oct 14)

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Peter Carey

File under: Videos (27 Oct 14)

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Unwitting Selfies: Fiction and Self-Exposure

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.

File under: Dailies (27 Oct 14)

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A Woman's Place is in the House (and in the Senate)

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

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Friday High Five: My Friend Siri, Walkleys and Catfishing

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.

File under: Dailies (24 Oct 14)

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Thomas Keneally

2014 is the fiftieth anniversary of Thomas Keneally’s first novel. He was the first Australian to wina Booker Prize (for Schindler’s Ark, filmed as Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning Schindler’s

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Working with Words: Kate Richards

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.

File under: Dailies (23 Oct 14)

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The Novella: Forgotten stories

The novella occupies a special place in literature – we all know it’s longer than a short story and shorter than a novel. Famous novellas include some of literature’s greats: Breakfast at Tiffany’s,

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'We're Not Alone': Maggie Mackellar on Memoir

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.

File under: Dailies (22 Oct 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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Pedal-Powered Essay: Melbourne's Hidden Cycling History

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.

File under: Dailies (21 Oct 14)

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Travels with Hemingway's Keeper

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Emily Bitto and Ceridwen Dovey

Ceridwen Dovey’s beautifully crafted, cerebral collection Only the Animals channels the voices of ten animals, who each tell us about their lives and deaths, as impacted by human action and

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Is the Publishing Industry Ready for Interactive Books?

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.

File under: Dailies (20 Oct 14)

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Julian Morrow

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.

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Friday High Five: A Crooked Forest, Lynch's LA and Media Undercover

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.

File under: Dailies (17 Oct 14)

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Working with Words: Nic Low

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.

File under: Dailies (16 Oct 14)

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Stephanie Alexander

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.

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Infinite Love and Murderous Impulses: Richard Flanagan on The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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.

File under: Dailies (15 Oct 14)

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Nick Earls

File under: Videos (14 Oct 14)

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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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The Wheeler Centre Auditorium

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Victoria 3000

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