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Working with Pictures: Guy Shield
Guy Shield is the cover artist for Kill Your Darlings and has produced cover and editorial illustrations for Text Publishing and Granta. Guy talks to us about mindful illustrating, his favourite graphic novelists, and his dream of living on a remote island renting bicycles.
‘Flight Path’ by Alice Bishop
Alice Bishop is a Melbourne-based writer and Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow. During her fellowship, Alice has been working on a collection of short stories, A Constant Hum, that focus on the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and their aftermath. The manuscript for A Constant Hum was recently commended in…
Working with Words: Susan Butler
Susan Butler is the editor of Australia's national dictionary, the Macquarie Dictionary. She talks to us about life at the frontline of language – why she's 'the woman with the mop and bucket', and what it's like reading the dictionary from A to Z.
Live the lie: how narrative is used in crowdfunding
The saturation of the internet with crowdfunding campaigns is forcing project creators to resort to narrative tricks to lure in potential backers – and we're falling for them. Oscar Schwartz explains why some crowdfunding campaigns fare better than others.
Let the stories in: on power, privilege and being an Indigenous writer
Many agree in principle that we need more Indigenous voices in Australian literature, so what’s preventing it happening in practice? Author Ambelin Kwaymullina examines how existing power structures and privilege can work against Indigenous writers.
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Federal Minister Questions Viability of Bookshops
Federal Minister for Small Business Nick Sherry predicted this morning that online shopping will wipe out bookstores within the next five years. Senator Sherry made the comments at the launch of a campaign called Driving Business Online, an initiative intended to encourage small business owners to develop the online side of their business.
The Australian Booksellers Association’s CEO Joel Becker said he was “gobsmacked”…
Dymocks Opens the Floodgates
A leading Australian book retailer is getting into the publishing business with the launch of an online self-publishing service. Dymocks is the first major Australian book retailer to have entered the online publishing fray with the D Publishing Network. The service offers a fully-functional suite of services for turning a standard Word document into a book and/or ebook. The service can print colour images…
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