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Wendy James is the author of six books, including Out of the Silence, which won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime fiction and was shortlisted for the Nita May Dobbie Award for women’s writing. Her latest novel is The Lost Girls (Penguin).
We spoke to Wendy about working in her… read more
Geordie Williamson, chief literary critic of the Australian and author of The Burning Library (Text), a reclamation of and introduction to Australian literature, has just been appointed the new fiction editor of Island magazine.
We spoke to him about his new appointment, his background… read more
Meg Mundell tells how a weekend job as a fairy for hire gave her some valuable lessons for her writing career … despite (or because of) working hungover, forgetting her wings and annoying parents by hyping up her small charges.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk on creativity has been doing the rounds of the internet for years, passed from one despairing, aspiring (or just plain perspiring) creative person to another since 2009.
In the talk, she said the result of Eat, Pray, Love being an international bestseller is… read more
Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia is a book that came about, in part, so that young Muslim Australians would see themselves reflected.
‘We grew up with images of Anglo Australia that placed us on the sidelines,’ said co-editor Demet Divaroren. She said that growing up, for… read more
Pepi Ronalds talks to Melbourne comic artist Sam Wallman on the eve of the launch of his new anthology of Australian history comics, Fluid Prejudice. Sam’s online graphic novel, Serco Story, was recently published by the Global Mail.
Had you met the Melbourne comic artist Sam Wallman… read more
Zoe Daniel is the ABC’s South-East Asia correspondent, based in Bangkok with her husband and young family. She reports on nine countries across South-East Asia filing copy and stories for TV, radio, online and social media. She was the Africa correspondent from 2005 until 2007 and spent… read more
Lionel Shriver commanded the stage at Deakin Edge last night with a warm, welcoming presence – at odds with the occasional media articles that present her as a daunting, exacting figure.
She spoke openly about her negative experiences with the media, including the fact that all the UK… read more
It’s not so long ago that the idea of buying and drinking bottled water seemed like a mad extravagance to most Australians, given that you can get it for free from the tap. But these days, bottled water is on sale at every café, restaurant and event, and in vending machines everywhere… read more
The Australian War Memorial was first advised internally to acknowledge the frontier wars way back in 1979. Our military historians accept that colonial conflict is part of our military history, but the Memorial still holds out. Why? Michael Green investigates.
A new brain imaging study has found that dogs process voice and emotion in a strikingly similar way to humans. Like humans, dogs' brain systems are devoted to making sense of vocal sounds, and are sensitive to their emotional content. ‘Humans and… read more
Amra Pajalic’s debut novel, The Good Daughter, won the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Civic Choice Award. Her stories have appeared in journals, magazines and anthologies, and Amir: Friend on Loan – her novel for children – will be published later this year.
She’ll be in… read more
Is blurbing (authors praising the work of other authors in exuberant one-liners for the covers of their books) a transparent back-scratching exercise, a necessary evil, or a literary art-form? And can praise solicited for promotional purposes be trusted? Thuy On, books editor of the Big… read more
Oral historian Siobhán McHugh talks us through the primal and intimate nature of soundscapes, sharing her favourite ‘driveway moments’ and showcasing the power of audio storytelling. With carefully curated links to some of the most powerful and affecting moments she’s experienced in… read more
Kelly-Lee Hickey says that the public desire to shut down Dylan Farrow’s disclosures about the childhood sexual abuse she allegedly suffered mirrors the private response met by so many who speak out (including in Hickey’s own experience). And the media sensationalism surrounding it… read more
In this incredible article for BBC News, Alex Owumi tells the story of how he moved to Libya to play basketball on a team for president Gaddafi – a team where players were abused and beaten if they lost or played badly, lived in luxury apartments with photos … read more
Michael Robotham was a journalist for 14 years, before leaving to become a ghostwriter, collaborating with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and showbusiness personalities to write their autobiographies. He’s now an internationally bestselling crime novelist; his latest… read more
In her award-winning 2010 book Into the Woods, Anna Krien immersed herself in the battle for Tasmania’s forests, a situation described (by Georgia Claire in Overland) as a sort of ‘catastrophe in motion’.
In this interview with Writers Victoria’s Kate Larsen, Krien reflects on what was it… read more
Anna Spargo Ryan looks at the boom in creative fundraising, from abstinence (Febfast) to extreme activities (runs that push you to your limits) to the quirk factor (Frocktober).
Does all this activity help charities fill their coffers, or does it blend into a white noise that means we no… read more
Traditionally, the Wheeler Centre Gala starts our year of events at the Town Hall; this year is no exception, though we gave the format a radical twist, polling voters on 20 binary questions, from the trivial to the significant. Here are just some of the highlights of a night that… read more
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