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Say It To My Face: Where do writers go to speak freely?
Writers are expected to participate in informal, off-the-cuff online conversations, but find their tweets and status updates held to impossible standards. Connor Tomas O'Brien asks whether authors now find it difficult to speak honestly online – and what the implications might be for our broader cultural conversations.
Growing and Living: Sophie Allan on Chart Collective
Chart Collective explores the way the stories of Australian people are woven into the Australian environment – publishing in text, image and sound formats as well as running live events. We caught up with editor-in-chief Sophie Allan to discuss the genesis, aims and aspirations of this innovative, Melbourne-based publishing venture.
Shortlist Announced: 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
The Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an emerging Victorian writer offers a $15,000 prize for an unpublished fiction manuscript – which may be a collection of stories or a novel. Today, we unveil the shortlisted works.
Notes From the Footscray Substation
The Weather Stations: Substations project at Footscray City College involves a class of Year Nine students in an innovative program that invites them to engage with climate change and the environment, through art and creativity. Here, we present some of the highlights of the work the students have produced recently.
When it comes to environmental change, can good storytelling play a role in shifting behaviour and mindsets? In Tony Birch's The Tern, the migratory patterns of the Arctic Tern play a part in a deeply human story.
How I Didn’t Stop Global Warming: The climate diary of a concerned consumer
After reading about a possible socio-economic collapse brought about by human energy consumption, Polish poet Jaś Kapela is inspired to begin a 'climate diary', tracking his own consumption patterns. As Kapela discovers, even those with a deep awareness of climate protection issues are often unable to resist breaking their own green…
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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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