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» Friday High Five: Mission to Mars, Mike Nichols and Book Titles
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Elmo Keep on a One-Way, Privatised Mission to Mars

In this exemplary piece of long-form journalism, Elmo Keep reports on a one-way mission to colonise Mars, dreamed up, organised and financed by private, not-for-profit company Mars One. ‘It is, essentially, a marketing campaign with two… read more

» Working with Words: Paul Mitchell
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Paul Mitchell is the author of a short fiction collection, Dodging the Bull (Wakefield Press) and three collections of poetry, Minorphysics, Awake Despite the Hour and Standard Variation. His poems, stories and articles have appeared in various publications, including the Age, Good… read more

» The Shadow of the Rock: Rebecca Harkins-Cross, Hot Desk Fellowships 2014
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Harkins-Cross_Rebecca-300x300The Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships, supported by the Readings Foundation, help writers to find time and space to work on their writing, by providing a desk for two months and a $1000 stipend. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of extracts from the work created by read more

» Good Old, Sweet Old, Wholesome, Pure Little Brisbane: Nick Earls on The Delinquents
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Nick Earls reflects on discovering classic Australian novel The Delinquents – Brisbane’s Last Exit to Brooklyn – in 1989, as the film starring Kylie Minogue was made at a local hotel, and he hung around the edges of the set.

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In 1989, nearly thirty years after the publication of Criena… read more

» Strange Bedfellows? Mental Illness and the Novel
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S.A. Jones ignored her creative writing teacher’s advice to never write about mental illness in a novel … but has spent a lot of time wrestling with the question of whether mental illness and the novel can do each other justice. And how do you write about a form of mental illness that… read more

» 'Not That There's Anything Wrong With That': On Seinfeld and Autism
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Jo Case, author of Boomer and Me: A Memoir of Motherhood and Asperger’s, reflects on Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘coming out’ as as being on the autism spectrum this week – and the conflicting responses from the autism community, which range from outrage to gratitude.

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Jerry Seinfeld declared this… read more

» The 'Electronic Revolution' and the Future of Work
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As traditional jobs like those in the manufacturing sector decline, new kinds of jobs are on the rise. We hear from Charles Brass, chair of the Futures Foundation, about the future of jobs – and work – in Australia, in the age of the ‘electronic revolution’. He says that responsibility… read more

» Working with Words: Amy Middleton
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Amy Middleton is the editor of Archer Magazine, the Australian journal of sexual diversity. She has written and edited for a host of magazines, including Australian Geographic, Rolling Stone, Meanjin, The Big Issue and The Bulletin. Amy is also a presenter on 3CR community radio.

We spoke… read more

» Jobs of the Future: Greenie in Residence
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highlightAs traditional jobs like those in the manufacturing sector decline, new kinds of jobs are on the rise. We hear from Matt Wicking, greenie in residence at Arts House (and an experienced sustainability consultant) about what his job entails, what his pathway was, what jobs of the future… read more

» Artwork to Five Great (Imaginary) Literary Film Sequels
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Cinema screens are full of sequels these days – and while some, like the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part One) are much-anticipated, others are … well, not so welcome. Remember American Psycho II: All American Girl? Lost Boys: The Tribe? Well, neither do we.

But an LA exhibition, read more

» Friday High Five: Science Smart, Richard Ford and Tony Soprano
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Richard Ford’s Frank Bascombe and Tony Soprano

What do Richard Ford’s multi-novel protagonist Frank Bascombe (first seen in The Sportswriter) and The Sopranos‘ Tony Soprano have in common? According to Lydia Kiesling, they offer complementary visions of American manhood at 'the end of… read more

» Working with Words: Matthew Reilly
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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… read more

» 'Getting it Right': Anita Heiss on Indigenous Characters
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Should non-Indigenous Australian authors write Indigenous characters? If so, how can they get it right – and avoid stereotyping? Deanne Sheldon-Collins gets the lowdown from Anita Heiss on how to research and write stories ‘with believable, meaningful and (hopefully) empowering… read more

» Friday High Five: Foodies, Technology and the Future
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Has foodie culture gone too far?

Longstanding food critic John Lanchester has committed a professional sacrilege this week by suggesting that the foodie culture he owes a living is overinflated. He traces his own interest in food to that of his mother’s, as she embraced cooking as a form o… read more

» Working with Words: Chris Boyd
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Chris Boyd is an arts writer and critic, mostly of performing arts. He is currently Melbourne theatre critic for the Australian and has had long spells with the Financial Review, the Herald Sun (reviewing theatre and ballet), the Big Issue (as arts and literary editor) and the Melbourne… read more

» Humour in a Dark World: An Interview with Peter Carey
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Peter Carey spoke to Michael Williams for the Wheeler Centre last week 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.

Here is an edited… read more

» Peter Carey on the Dismissal and 'Conspiracy Theories'
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Peter Carey spoke to Michael Williams for the Wheeler Centre last week about his new novel Amnesia, his school days at Geelong Grammar and Monash, the Australian character, and researching hacking.

In the week after Gough Whitlam’s death, he also spoke at length about remembering the… read more

» Unwitting Selfies: Fiction and Self-Exposure
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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… read more


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