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Jad Abumrad on the Evolution of Radiolab
Fourteen years ago, Jad Abumrad started Radiolab – a heavily sound-scaped, intricately edited radio show that went on to become one of podcasting's first success stories, with an audience numbering in the millions. How did he do it? Ahead of his appearance at the Wheeler Centre later this month, Melissa Cranenburgh asked…
Radio is Dead: Long live radio documentaries and features
Radio maker and academic Kyla Brettle explores the backstory to creative audio in Australia – and finds today's blossoming podcast scene at the crest of a wave that's been building for decades.
Working with Words: Caroline Brothers
Caroline Brothers was born in Australia, but now divides her time between Paris and London. She's a journalist who has reported from Central America, Europe and the United Kingdom, and the author of two novels, Hinterland and The Memory Stones. We caught up with Caroline to talk metaphysical poets, career-defining…
Can a writer be persuaded not to write?
Anthony Morris ponders why tales of writers' drudgery don't deter aspiring authors.
Working with Words: Jock Serong
Jock Serong is the author of two novels, Quota and The Rules of Backyard Cricket. He lives and works on the far south-west coast of Victoria and is also the editor of Great Ocean Quarterly. We caught up with Jock to talk criticism, crime writing and the contract between reader…
Working with Words: Nayuka Gorrie
Nayuka Gorrie is a Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman. She's also an activist and writer, whose byline has appeared in Junkee, Vice and others. We caught up with Nayuka to talk Babysitters Club, Black Hermione Granger and the best advice she received from novelist Tony Birch.
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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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