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August 28, 2014

GLOBAL SHORT STORIES

The Global Short Stories session felt like a bit of a treat for the ear as well as the mind. The session was hosted by Ali Alizadeh, who created a warm atmosphere, and added to the myriad of lovely accents we were gifted throughout the session. For me, short stories and poetry are basically all that I…

WORDS AND WAR: BLACK DIGGERS

Words and War: Black Diggers was a gravely significant session for me, on an emotional, cultural, and intellectual level. Bruce Gates hosted the session, and was a lovely choice, considering his background as an historian. The forum was not only paying homage to the Indigenous diggers who had fought in world wars and not been given…

BOB BROWN: FIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE

I first discovered that Bob Brown was the bee’s knees when I started following his progress with the topical animal rights group the Sea Shepherd, and their success with Operation Kimberley Miinimbi, a great win for not only the whale nursery they saved, but for the Goolarabooloo people. Because Brown is a man of strong…

THE RADIO HOUR

It would seem unlikely that words would fail at a festival for writing, yet the festival boldly went there during the full-scale non-fiction radio feature production entitled The Radio Hour . With host Jaye Kranz at the helm, writers, radio producers and musicians came together to tell stories on the theme of “When Words Fail”. Set…

August 27, 2014

THE FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH IN CYCLING

This caravan smells like gardenias. At the opening night party someone told me that this caravan would smell like gardenias. “Man, it smells GREAT in there. They must have fresh flowers in there all the time or something.” A candle burns. Someone is brewing coffee. A street performer is breakdancing to Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping” outside the…

August 25, 2014

SOUND IS THE NEW STORY

Radio buffs, sound nerds, wav makers and other interested parties all crowded around for an afternoon of perspectives, insights and anecdotes at Sound is the New Story, on the opening weekend of the Melbourne Writers Festival. At this session, broadcasters and podcasters Benjamen Walker (USA), Jessie Borrelle and Miyuki Jokiranta all took to the stage to…

SKETCHBOOK REPORTING: OSLO DAVIS’ DRAWING THE JOKE

You can also see Oslo Davis’ wonderful mural at Page Not Found, or attend the Page Not Found Walk at the City Gallery on Sat 30 Aug 1.30pm. He is also drawing at The Little Library on Level 2 of Melbourne Central on Sat 30 Aug 11am. Follow Michelle: @maybestreet Digital Reporters is run in partnership…

REVIEW: TALKING POINTS FOR KIDS

I was eight years old when I first grappled with the idea of an infinite universe. With terrible dizziness, I tried to imagine the cold emptiness beyond the stars that stretched forever and ever and ever. Digging in to moments of wonder is part of being an engaged human being. Michael Parker, passionate educator and…

FIRST WEEKEND ROUND-UP #VUMWF14

The Victoria University Reviewer for a Day project has given 40 lucky writers from all walks of life, with a range of different interests and writing styles, the opportunity to see a session of their choice at the Festival and report on it afterwards. The results so far give a fascinating audience-point-of-view insight into a variety…

SHY: A CHAT WITH SIAN PRIOR

Sian Prior is no stranger to the public eye. As a journalist, broadcaster, teacher, musician and now memoirist she’s been getting up in front of people to share her work for years. What makes this even more remarkable is that every time she does it, she’s winning a battle with excruciating shyness. In her memoir Shy,…

SELFIE CULTURE: THE MIRROR STAGE

Midway through Selfie Culture, Anne Manne relates this anecdote: Lena Dunham’s father asks, why would you put something you eat on Instagram? And Lena Dunham comes back with, why would you eat something unless you put it on Instagram? It is by now very old news that “selfie” was Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 Word of the…