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» A Shot in the Dark: Christine Piper on her 2014 Vogel Win
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This year’s Vogel winner, Christine Piper, reflects on the moment she learned that her book, After Darkness, had won – at five am in New York – and what the prize win means to her.

highlight I got the email at five am. Four fifty-seven, to be precise. I had just returned home from a very long day a… read more

» Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2014: Introducing the Fellows
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After much deliberation over the 147 brilliant applications received, the Wheeler Centre is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Hot Desk Fellowships, supported by the Readings Foundation.

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Image courtesy of Nicola Sapiens De Mitri.

Twenty lucky writers were chosen by a… read more

» Stories of Silenced Women: The Stella Prize at Digital Writers Festival
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This week, Stella Prize board member Sophie Cunningham and four of the Stella Prize shortlisted authors for 2014 came together to talk about the prize, their work and women’s writing, in a special Digital Writers Festival online-only event.

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Sophie Cunningham said that the Stella Prize is a… read more

» Working with Words: Adam Alter
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highlight Adam Alter is the author of Drunk Tank Pink: The Subconscious Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel and Behave (Bloomsbury). An assistant professor of marketing and psychology at NYU, his research focuses on the intersection of behavioral economics, marketing, and the psychology of… read more

» Sally Rippin's Tips for Encouraging Reluctant Readers
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Sally Rippin’s series for primary school age children, Billie B. Brown and Hey Jack!, are bestsellers – and playground favourites. 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… read more

» Frozen in Time: Sharing a Queensland Childhood with David Malouf
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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.

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» Friday High Five: Video Games, Street Photographers, TV and Twitter
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Video Games and Literature

Blood Meridian as a video game? What about P.G. Wodehouse? At The Millions, Maxwell Neely-Cohen writes about games as storytelling, and asks why there’s not more intersection between the narrative-rich worlds of books and video games. He talks to the video games … read more

» Reacting Against the 'I' Industry: An Anonymous Saturday Paper Reviewer
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Last month, we published an article on anonymous reviewing, in the context of the new Saturday Paper’s embrace of the format. We interviewed a range of writers, reviewers and arts managers for their views; most were against anonymous criticism as a form.

Soon after, we were approached by… read more

» Working with Words: Andie Fox
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highlight Andie Fox is a writer with a background in economics who writes about motherhood from a feminist perspective. She currently writes a weekly column in Daily Life and regularly contributes to the Guardian. Andie is a contributor to several books, including The Good Mother Myth and blogs… read more

» Threats, Job Offers and Taking TV Seriously: On Anonymously Reviewing Comedy
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What’s it like to be an anonymous reviewer? What are the freedoms and responsibilities that come with anonymity?

The Wheeler Centre’s Jo Case talks to one of the creators of Australian Tumbleweeds, a long-running anonymous comedy blog run by a small team of writers who are passionate… read more

» Are We Too Promiscuous for Own Good?
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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… read more

» Friday High Five: Geoff Dyer, Rubbish Art and Creative Teaching
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Why rubbish art is excellent

In his series, Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption, photographer Chris Jordan captures the scale and absurdity of American consumption in images of its debris, which somehow become both beautiful and grotesque under his watchful eye.

» Working with Words: Holly Childs
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highlight Holly Childs is a writer, editor (Crazy in Love magazine) and artist. She makes work around digital semiotics, transformations of language and culture, aberration and fashion. Her first novella, No Limit, has just been released by Hologram.

We talked to her about writing poems about… read more

» Blurred Lines: The Border Between YA and Adult
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nyc 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… read more

» Best Bad Romance (Book Covers)
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It’s Sex Week at the Wheeler Centre this week, kicking off tonight with What Do Women Want? and finishing Friday with the latest instalment of our always-steamy (and generally silly) Erotic Fan Fiction.

Most of our Sex Week events are booked out, but you can still reserve a place at… read more

» Homework for Adults?: Alain de Botton on The News
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Paul Donoghue interviews bestselling author Alain de Botton on The News – his philosopher’s look at the newspaper stories that so many of us read, but so few of us really study … or question. Why we are so interested in stories about crime, celebrity and the like … and what does it say… read more

» Friday High Five: Against Beautiful Journalism, Porn Studies, Animal Instincts and Night Life
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Against beautiful journalism

If you’ve been tracking the internet’s passionate embrace of longform journalism over the past couple of years, you’ll know that alongside the celebration of beautifully designed media-rich pages, deep investigative reporting and ‘future of journalism&rsquo… read more

» 'Maybe there are questions to ask': Rafael Epstein on Ben Zygier, aka Prisoner X
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Journalist and Prisoner X author Rafael Epstein.

Ben Zygier, an Australian-Israeli citizen, took his own life in Israel’s maximum security, ‘suicide proof’ Ayalon Prison in 2010. In this extract of his recent Lunchbox/Soapbox talk on the Zygier espionage saga… read more

» Nicki Greenberg: Children's Book Festival 2014 artist in residence
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This past Sunday was that most exciting of special, annual occasions – our Children’s Book Festival (in partnership with the State Library of Victoria) took over the State Library lawns, our Performance Space, Little Lonsdale Street and various venues and galleries inside the library.

From… read more

» Wild Beat: Carl Ruhen and Australia's Forgotten Pulp Fiction
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When pulp author Carl Ruhen died late last year, there was almost no mention of him in the press. Andrew Nette looks back on Ruhen’s prolific career, taking in some of literature’s seediest corners – and the forgotten history of Australia’s pulp publishing industry.

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Carl… read more


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