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Out of Print, Not Out of Reach
Rare books, while a collector's joy, can be the bane of a reader's life. While technology is changing our ability to access works that have slipped out of print, it's not solely a question of ebooks. And as Veronica Sullivan discovers, reviving lost classics is changing life for writers as well…
The Suburban Field Guide to Miscellaneous Oddities, 2015
Deep in the heart of State Library Victoria at Children's Book Festival 2015, creative kids came together to make a giant, colourful book inspired by suburban wonder. Find out more about The Suburban Field Guide to Miscellaneous Oddities — comprising equal parts imagination and invention — and download your copy here.
Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2015: Introducing the Fellows
The Wheeler Centre is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Hot Desk Fellowships, supported by the Readings Foundation.
The Shock of the New: Finding a Circuit Breaker for Health Fears Around New Technology
Often, despite the evidence, new technology provokes anxieties around human health. As Ketan Joshi explains, there's more to this fear than errant logic — and symptoms of ill health can even be induced by it.
But, in the case of large-scale developments like wind farms, there are simple and practical…
Why the VIDA Count Matters
In the wake of the 2014 VIDA Count, released this week, Kylie Maslen argues that female participation and visibility in literature has important flow-on effects — influencing wider cultural issues such as gender equality and domestic violence.
Working with Words: Anna Horan
Anna Horan is the former editor-in-chief of TheVine, Everguide, and Lifelounge.com, starting out as an intern with Everguide before moving up the ranks. She is now a freelance writer who likes stripping off the layers of popular culture — whether that’s in genre TV or commenting on the fashion industry. She spoke to us about…
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Notes on Religion
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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