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December 10, 2014

DYMOCKS MELBOURNE’S SUMMER READS

We’re keen to get started on our holiday reading list. If you’re looking for some titles to add to yours, the team from Dymocks Melbourne has you covered. Check out their top 10 reads for this holiday season. Colm Toibin – Nora Webster It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a […]

November 20, 2014

MICHAEL WAGNER ON EAL ENGAGE: STORIES FOR LIFE

Something unexpectedly beautiful happened recently in a series of six post-MWF events, held at the Wheeler Centre, that I thought was worth sharing. I was lucky enough to be involved in talks alongside Gabrielle Wang and Valanga Khoza, who, like me, write for young people. We addressed a total of about 800 children who’d been […]

October 31, 2014

FINAL WORD FROM THE ATELIER

I was lucky to take part in the Atelier for Young Festival Managers which took place in Poznan, Poland last week. The aim of the Atelier is to discuss the artistic aspects of festival management, including inspiring artists, delighting and challenging audiences, political and social responsibility, internationalism and sustainability. With 41 festival directors and 4 […]

September 29, 2014

MONKEY GRIP

As a teenager growing up in 1980s suburban Melbourne, I can’t remember if I first read the book or saw the feature film of Helen Garner’s groundbreaking debut Monkey Grip. Either way the impact of Monkey Grip was immediate and I began to dream about living a different kind of life. I don’t think my […]

September 12, 2014

JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS COVER: OUR FAVOURITE BOOK COVERS

Why do we judge books by their covers? Perhaps it is our human instinct to be attracted to gorgeous, colourful and interesting images. Regardless, book covers are an ingenious outward appearance of the personality of the book, allowing the reader a peek into the wonderland of the book’s content. Let us put the old saying aside for a moment, ignore […]

September 4, 2014

REVIEWING REVIEWER FOR A DAY

This is a review of a whole lot of reviews, so in a sense it’s a ‘meta review’ – George Brandis take note. By a whole lot of reviews I mean 43 to be exact, written by 36 authors, each covering a different event in this year’s MWF. That’s 36 different writers, with 36 very […]

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AROUND THE WORLD: G(IRLS) 20

When Farah Mohamed speaks, you listen. Her gentle charisma and humour are not the only things that make her irresistible; she is no stranger to rhetoric or rhythm. Her words gather momentum as she talks – until you realise you’re hypnotised. And that’s good, because she has important things to say. The founder of G(irls)20, Mohamed’s […]

September 2, 2014

LITHOP : COVERAGE

Do you remember fondly flicking through those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books in your childhood? That time when you flicked to page 36 and realised that that act alone would take you swiftly towards your impending doom? Yet, there really was no right or wrong way to read one of those books, because there were […]

August 31, 2014

TAKE A WALK WITH TWISTS & TURNS

I’m standing on the corner of Swanston and Little Collins Streets and John Wood is telling me to make a choice. I can turn left towards Elizabeth and become part of a mystery, or turn right towards Russell and join a struggling writer leaving a play. I turn right, and the story starts straight away, […]

MICROFICTION AND SUBCULTURES

You’ve heard of microfiction. How about a microsociety? A work of fiction that serves up a slice of subculture? On Friday, First Flight was a window into the publication journey of several exciting new authors, Eli Glasman, Holly Childs and Melinda Houston. As well as covering relationships with editors and publishers, the anxiety to achieve and the […]