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Working with Words: Mary Anne Butler
Mary Anne Butler is a Darwin-based playwright whose play, Broken, won the 2016 Victorian Prize for Literature, the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama and the 2014 Northern Territory Literary Award for Best Script. Mary Anne spoke with us about literary heroes, trusting her gut and crying into her…
Members Only: on politicians who write fiction
Power struggles, personality clashes, rivalries, resentments, grudges and grand gestures - the world of politics is heaving with human drama. It's not surprising that political figures are inspired to put pen to paper, writes Sophie Quick.
Legislating in the Ludicrous Direction: on Australia’s laws that target the vulnerable
In an ideal world, the legal system should work to protect the vulnerable. In reality, this is often not so. So, how have we ended up with our current asylum seeker legislation, and court rulings severely restricting the autonomy of transgender teens? In this edited extract from a longer conversation, Julian Burnside, …
Working with Words: Dawn Barker
Dawn Barker is a practising psychiatrist and the author of two novels, Fractured and Let Her Go. Here she chats with us about John Irving, Iain Banks, Lionel Shriver and the importance of persistence.
The Inside Life: Jeanette Winterson on arts funding
Claims that the arts are elitist or unnecessary reflect a denial of our creative selves, argues author Jeanette Winterson.
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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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