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Each Monday morning you'll receive info on the week's upcoming events, our best and freshest new multimedia, and previews of events and presenters from our program.
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)., We speak to Melbourne writer **Harry Saddler** about needing a day job that's not challenging in order to write, why if you've been told not to do something in your writing, that's exactly what you should do, and his dream date with Lizzie Bennett., **Maxine Beneba Clarke** tells us about her Twitter initiative #writingwhilefemale - why she started it, why the conversation is important - and how it grew into a valuable catalogue of experiences. (And launched a companion thread, #menreadingwomen.) and **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'.
Wheeler Weekly: Cartoon by Judy Horacek, Wheeler Weekly: Cartoon by Andrew Weldon, Wheeler Weekly: Cartoon by Oslo Davis and Wheeler Weekly: Cartoon by Judy Horacek
Judging a book by its cover, A kind of 'cloud atlas', abstraction from the Big Apple and Tim Minchin portrait wins Archibald prize
Tim Flannery, curator of the 2010 Deakin Lecture Series, at Copenhagen. and up close encounters with Seamus Heaney
Singing the praises of the VPLAs... es. and Listen to audio of 'Is Australian Democracy Broken?'
Huckleberry Finn as "America without its make-up on", Paris Review promo video that makes dessert of the literary journal, Dirk Gently Makes the Small Screen and Classic video of the crossword inker