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Myth or Phenomenon?: The Golden Age of TV
Jo Case, Melbourne Writers Festival Program Manager, explores the recent evolution of TV’s ‘Golden Age’ – and offers a taste of MWF’s Small Screen events in 2015.
Happy 30th Birthday, Melbourne Writers Festival!
This year, the Melbourne Writers Festival turns thirty. We asked Michael Williams, Director of the Wheeler Centre, to share what the festival means to him – and Lisa Dempster, Director of the Melbourne Writers Festival, to give us an insight into this year's program.
Working with Pictures: James Gulliver Hancock
James Gulliver Hancock is a Sydney-based illustrator, well-known for All the Buildings in New York, a project where he attempts to draw all the buildings in New York City! Soon he'll be following it up with a sequel – All the Buildings in London. We talk to James about old…
‘Packing Up’ by Suzy Freeman-Greene
Suzy Freeman-Greene is a Melbourne-based writer and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow. During her fellowship, Suzy has been working on a collection of essays about her mother’s life and death.
Meet the Hot Desk Fellows: second round for 2015
How can it be nearly August already? We only just packed away the Wheeler Centre snorkels.
And yet it is nearly August, which means it's time to announce our second round of Hot Desk fellows for 2015. For the next two months, these seven writers will each get their own…
Mockingbird: language, taboo and history
As well as a literary close-reading, last night's Wheeler Centre tribute to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird opened into wider conversation around themes present in the book – themes such as justice, race and how we approach the politics of old books (set in even older times).
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Working with Words
Conversations about writing
Notes on Science & Technology
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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