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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.
Sophie Cunningham said that the Stella Prize is a… read more
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 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
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.
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
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
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
What’s it like to be an anonymous reviewer? What are the freedoms and responsibilities that come with anonymity?
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Luke Horton looks at how a ‘perfect novel’ published to general indifference in 1965 is now being hailed as a masterpiece by everyone from Bret Easton Ellis to Tom Hanks, to Ian McEwan.
John Williams’ Stoner is one of the most highly and widely praised novels of recent times. Hailed as a ‘… read more
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