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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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Notes on Religion
Religion in Public Schools, Continued
There’s been more grist to the mill in the debate around religious instruction in schools. Our Talking Point on Tuesday - ‘Should religion be taught in state education?’ - brought out some amazing responses. Several readers advocated the teaching of comparative religion - Augusta wrote, “If religion is to be taught in state schools presumably all religions must be taught with equal weight and…
Father Bob Goes the Extra Mile
Our upcoming lunchbox/Soapboxer Father Bob Maguire had a busy weekend completing the Run Melbourne 5km walk in just over an hour, but at the cost of his mobile, the Age reports.
During the course of the run, Father Bob misplaced his mobile phone during the charity run, but was quick to reassure friends that their numbers were safe. The celebrity priest tweeted to Triple…
9/11 Changed Everything for Muslims Too
The online Australian-Muslim magazine Sultana’s Dream has just published its second edition. Editor Hanifa Deen introduces the issue with an editorial on the burqa, which to many Westerners has become a kind of symbol of an imagined contest between Islam and Western civilisation.“Fed up talking about the burqa, yet ending up on the same old treadmill talking about the burqa!” writes the Kalgoorlie-born Deen…
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