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Punching Sideways: the last laugh on racial stereotypes
It's common for people from culturally diverse backgrounds to reclaim racial stereotypes for laughs. But interpretations of this humour can vary quite a bit, writes Sonia Nair.
Working with Words: Jane Howard
Jane Howard is a freelance arts journalist and critic. Earlier this month, she was announced as the new director of the Digital Writers' Festival. We caught up with Jane to talk Siri Hustvedt, string theory and her surprising Scottish readership.
Quick Draw: Did Jean-Paul Sartre write, direct and star in a nativity play?
In Quick Draw, Sophie Quick provides short and sweet answers to the obscure literary questions you never actually asked.
‘The Feeling of Childhood’: notes from our Roald Dahl retrospective
Last week, to celebrate 100 years since the birth of legendary (and sometimes controversial) children’s author Roald Dahl, we got together with writer Andy Griffiths, comedian Kate McLennan, broadcaster Jess McGuire, musician Tim Rogers and former politician Anna Burke for a revolting and ridiculous retrospective of Dahl’s work. Here…
Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2016: Introducing the Fellows, round two
Today, eight writers begin their two month Hot Desk Fellowships at the Wheeler Centre. Find out more about them, and the projects they'll be working on during that time.
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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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