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» Friday High Five: Swearing, Kate Bush and Heart of Darkness
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Jeanette Winterson on Kate Bush

Music fans have been beside themselves about Kate Bush’s recent return to the stage, in her full first live show in 35 years. One of those passionate Kate Bush fans is Jeanette Winterson, who’s published a tribute to the artist for the Guardian this week.

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» Working with Words: Jessie Cole
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highlight Jessie Cole has just published her second novel, Deeper Water. She was awarded a HarperCollins Varuna Award for Manuscript Development in 2009, and her work has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, the Big Issue and here on the Wheeler Centre’s Dailies.

We spoke to her about… read more

» Big Issues: The Fictional Kind
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highlightOn the tenth anniversary of The Big Issue’s fiction edition, the magazine’s associate editor, Melissa Cranenburgh, reflects on the challenges and rewards of making (and selling) the edition. And she tells why it’s important that, unlike most short-story collections, it needs to sell… read more

» Behind the Event: With Lit Hop Producer Vikki Woods
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What’s it like to develop a big, one-off literary event, from scratch? What are the challenges and rewards of the process? And how exactly do you put on a literary pub crawl, with trams (and non-drinking elements), as part of a statewide literary festival? We talk to Vikki Woods… read more

» Is There Anything More Than This?: Thoughts on Death and Dying
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After a week in which too many good people died, Bronwyn Meyrick reflects on death, drawing on some very different books that debate the existence (and dubious comfort) of an afterlife, and blend neuroscience and experience.

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Image by 55Laney69, Flickr.

Last week, a friend, not a close… read more

» Friday High Five: Shark vs Internet, How to Apply for Grants & Musical Science
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Alice Pung goes back to school

In a wonderful essay for Right Now, Alice Pung revisits the scene of her early education, in Braybrook, where a Year 12 study centre provides a haven for students whose home life consists of hard work. She reflects on migration, hardship and the importance… read more

» Stuck in the Midlist with You: On Being a Midlist Author
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highlightMel Campbell published her first book, Out of Shape, last year. Since then, she’s been struggling with ideas of what it is to be a successful author … along with most of the other authors published in Australia. Here, she reflects on what it means to be in the ‘midlist’ right now… read more

» Bat the Raven: A graphic novel by Sebastian Fowler, Hot Desk Fellowship Extracts 2014
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sfThe 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 be publishing a series of extracts from the work created by our last… read more

» Persistence: Fiction on Sri Lanka's Civil War by Rajith Savanadasa, Hot Desk Fellowship Extracts 2014
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highlight 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 be publishing a series of extracts from the work created by our last… read more

» Memoir of a 'Queer Callboy': Dan Bledwich, Hot Desk Fellowship Extracts 2014
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highlight 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 be publishing a series of extracts from the work created by our last… read more

» Friday High Five: Creativity and Mental Illness, Living Off the Grid
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Remembering Robin Williams

We were all shocked this week to hear of Robin Williams' death, aged just 63. This insightful Rolling Stone profile, written when Awakenings was released, is a lovely way to remember him. Or, you know, you can rewatch any one of his great performances. As a… read more

» Working with Words: Andrew Nette
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highlight Andrew Nette is a writer, reviewer, film lover, pulp scholar and lover of all things noir. His first novel, Ghost Money, a crime story set in Cambodia in the mid-nineties was published in 2012 by Snubnose Press, after the manuscript was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary… read more

» Meet the Fellows: Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship 2014, Round Two
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Our second group of Hot Desk Fellows for 2014 are settled at their desks in the Wheeler Centre, getting stuck into their writing projects. We thought you might like to see what they’re up to – so here’s an introduction to the six talented scribes currently occupying the hot desks, and… read more

» Paid Less, But Published More: On Paying the Writers
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Film and television journalist Anthony Morris looks at how the internet (and before that, the street press) has changed the landscape for writers – and asks whether we’d really want to turn back the clock. There may be less writing jobs these days, he says, but there are more working… read more

» 'I Lost in Politics to Money': Rob Oakeshott on Corporate Interests in Politics
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When former independent MP Rob Oakeshott spoke at Epic Fail recently, he shared what his time in federal parliament taught him about power, money, the influence of corporate interests and the benefit of hindsight.

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‘This is epic!’ yells my three year old son Ben last weekend as he lets his … read more

» Friday High Five: Songs about books, rock and roll pauses, and there's a rap for that
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Our Words & music series has lately had us thinking more about the nexus between writers, words and music. So, in today’s Friday High Five, we’re bringing you a literary song book of sorts.

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There’s no shortage of songs about the joys of reading and writing. For many… read more

» Working with Words: Stephanie Van Schilt
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Stephanie Van Schilt is deputy editor of The Lifted Brow, co-host of The Rereaders podcast and the TV columnist at Kill Your Darlings. Her writing has featured in various local and international publications including Crikey, Metro and Cineaste.

We spoke to her about being so committed to… read more

» 'The Year my Brain Broke': Clare Wright's Epic Fail
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From the outside, Clare Wright’s life is a model of professional achievement and personal contentment. And yet, when she was asked to take part in the Wheeler Centre’s Epic Fail event, she immediately knew what to write about. Here, she shares her story of the ‘the year my brain broke’ &ndash… read more

» Baby Gammy Case Highlights Pitfalls of Surrogacy in Thailand
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Angela Savage is currently conducting research on commercial surrogacy for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University. Here, she draws on her reading to reflect on the case of baby Gammy, which has dominated news headlines in recent days.

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» Remembering Steven: A Yarra River Walk with Tony Birch
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Tony Birch walks along the Yarra River, from Kew, after stopping in at Kew Cemetry, where his childhood friend Steven – who will be his companion on the walk – is buried. He reflects on the river’s importance to the Wurundjeri people, and to him personally, as he goes.

» Friday High Five: Ghostwriting, Resilience and Author Photo Tips
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888,246 poppies at Tower of London

A striking art installation of 888,246 red ceramic flowers placed in the dry moat of the Tower of London will commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in World War I. Each of the flowers represents a British or colonial fatality. The… read more

» Working with Words: Maxine Beneba Clarke
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Maxine Beneba Clarke won the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript with Foreign Soil, her debut short-story collection, which tells the stories of marginalised characters in locations as far-flung as Footscray and London, Jamaica and Sri Lanka. It was… read more


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