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Working with Words: Misha Ketchell
Misha Ketchell is managing editor of The Conversation. He talks to us about Saul Bellow, schoolboy poetry and why good writing and good thinking are synonymous.
Eleventh-Hour Advocacy: can fiction be used to elicit change?
Some writers believe that literature should provoke readers to action – compelling them to change their views on controversial issues. But if authors use the novel as a tool for advocacy or activism, Antonia Hayes asks, are they really producing propaganda?
Lost in Translation: on fostering a conversation between languages
What does multilingualism mean for a city’s literary culture? From her base in Berlin, Kylie Maslen explores the tension for European readers, who want to participate in global literary conversations but don't want to give up their mother tongue – and the challenges for European writers attempting to reach English-language audiences.
Keep My Soul: on writing a memoir in verse
Susan Bradley Smith is a Melbourne-based writer and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow. During her fellowship, Susan has been working on a collection of poems, called The Screaming Middle. It's an ambitious project, which has seen Susan writing a poem every day for a year. Here Susan describes the process…
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.
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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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