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» Friday High Five: Best of the Best (Books of 2014)
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We thought we’d say goodbye to 2014 by making it easy for you to make some last-minute Christmas gift – and summer reading choices. Here are five of the handiest retrospectives on the best books of 2014, all of them Australian (and some of them by us).

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards… read more

» Working with Words: Harry Saddler
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Harry Saddler is the author of We Both Know: Ten Stories About Relationships (2005) and Small Moments (2007), a short novel about the aftermath of the Canberra bushfires of 2003, both published by Ginderra Press. Since 2008 he’s been writing and distributing weekly SMS stories and… read more

» Writing While Female, Reading (Women) While Male
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Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke – author of Foreign Soil, one of our staff favourite books of 2014 – started a lively Twitter conversation about the experience of being a woman writer when she launched the hashtag #writingwhilefemale.

Here, she explains why she started it, why the… read more

» Why We Should Respond to Climate Change with Patience, Not Panic: Tony Birch
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Tony Birch reflects on why urgency (in our rhetoric, at least) is a counterproductive response to climate change. Instead, he argues, we need patience: ‘the only means by which change of substance will eventuate’.

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It may appear contradictory to suggest the last rhetorical flush we need… read more

» Wheeler Centre Staff Best Books 2014
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Every year at this time, the Wheeler Centre staff share our favourite books of 2014. Look out for director Michael Williams' best books in a later instalment.

Emily Sexton, head of programming

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Abigail Ulman’s Hot Little Hands

Halfway through reading Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, an… read more

» Friday High Five: Doris Lessing, Richard Flanagan and Day Jobs
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Richard Flanagan’s PM’s Literary Awards acceptance speech

Richard Flanagan followed his Man Booker Prize win for Narrow Road to the Deep North with a joint win of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Fiction last night (sharing the prize with Steven Carroll). In an extraordinarily generous… read more

» Intersex Bodies and the Society That Shapes Them
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highlight Morgan Carpenter, president of Organisation Intersex International Australia, outlines the human rights issues facing intersex people, in Australia and around the world. He also explains their mental health impact … and what we can do to help challenge the status quo.

The situation for… read more

» Working with Words: Lee Kofman
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Lee Kofman is the Israeli-Australian author of three fiction books in Hebrew. Her short fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry in English has appeared around the world in Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Essays, Griffith Review, Heat, Westerly, Creative Nonfiction (US), Brandread more

» Call Me in the Mourning: A Writer in Residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum
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Leah Kaminsky was recently the inaugural writer-in-residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, researching a book on death anxiety. She reports back (with pictures) on her unique writing residency.

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A gorilla’s hand reaches out to welcome me. A mummified frog on an embroidered… read more

» Two Men Kissing: On Normalising Same-Sex Affection for Kids
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Angela Savage was shocked when her daughter reacted to a card featuring two men kissing with disgust – despite knowing and accepting the family’s wide circle of gay and lesbian friends. Heterosexual affection is everywhere, but she’d never really witnessed same-sex affection. Angela… read more

» Friday High Five: Bad Sex and Twitter Meltdowns
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Ayelet Waldman’s Twitter meltdown over New York Times 100 Notable Books

In the latest example of writers lashing out inappropriately/unwisely on social media about their reviews (or lack of them), Ayelet Waldman exploded all over Twitter in her disappointment about her novel, Love and… read more

» Working with Words: Eli Glasman
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Eli Glasman had his first short story published in 2011. From that point on, he’s had two more short-story publications, a $5000 prize and, with The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew being published by Sleepers Publishing, his first novel. He is currently in residence at the Wheeler… read more

» Future Summer: Meaghan Bell, Hot Desk Fellowships 2014
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highlightThe 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. This week, we’ll continue to publish a series of extracts from the work created by our last… read more

» The Johnston Tradition: Kieran Stevenson, Hot Desk Fellowships 2014
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ks The 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. This week, we’ll continue to publish a series of extracts from the work created by our… read more

» Istanbul 3.6 - Deranged Collector: Ender Baskan, Hot Desk Fellowships 2014
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highlightThe 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. This week, we’ll continue to publish a series of extracts from the work created by our last… read more

» Beyond the Limits: On Mourning Phillip Hughes, and Sport
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Paul Mitchell reflects on the sudden, accidental death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes due to a match-related injury, and the wound it inflicts on our idea of sport.

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As many Australians mourn the death of Phillip Hughes, it seems obvious to say that no one should die playing sport. … read more

» Working with Words: Nicole Hayes
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Nicole Hayes is a freelance writer, editor and teacher based in Melbourne. She teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne and Phoenix Park Neighbourhood House. Nicole’s first novel, The Whole of My World, has been shortlisted in the 2014 Young Australian Best Book Awards and… read more

» Disco? Very: On the Evolution of DJ Culture
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chad_parkhill The 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

» Esparanto For the Despairing: Elin-Maria Evangelista, Hot Desk Fellowships 2014
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emThe 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

» The Long Way Home: Christa Jonathan, Hot Desk Fellowships 2014
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The 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


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