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Agent, Droid, Infobot: the texty Twitter robots Tully Hansen has known and loved
For the past few years, Tully Hansen has been obsessed with Twitter bots, automated accounts run by computer programs which bend the mechanics of spam to literary and artistic ends. In this extract from #Bot and #botALLY: Twitter’s robot poets and the humans who love them, Tully traces a history of bots –…
Meet the Hot Desk Fellows: third round for 2015
Over the next two months, our incoming third round of 2015 Hot Desk fellows will be calling the Wheeler Centre home as they tackle some wildly ambitious projects. From lyric essays to Lysistrata revamps, stories about adult dancing and apparitions, and contemplations of disability and death, the work these writers will produce promises to…
Working with Words: Patrick Witton
Patrick Witton has worked as a writer and/or editor for Lonely Planet, the Age/Fairfax and the Big Issue and is now copy editor at the Monthly. Patrick talked to us about rejection letters, typos and his past life as a brooding primary-school poet.
Malcolm Turnbull: ‘we have to put a price on carbon’
At the 2010 Deakin Lectures, now-incoming Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull argued for greater political leadership on climate change – including the 'fact of life' that a carbon price is necessary to effectively reduce emissions. This is a transcript of his speech.
Putting Quarters in a Broken Machine: on the merit of literary prizes in Australia
Responding to Ivor Indyk's call to abolish literary prizes, Omar Sakr finds himself agreeing that prizes deserve to be scrapped ... or at least heavily interrogated.
Working with Words: Shirley Stott Despoja
Shirley Stott Despoja has worked as a journalist for more than 60 years. She worked in the 1950s at the Anglican, then covered general news at the Canberra Times. Later, Shirley was the first woman to be employed in the general newsroom at Adelaide’s Advertiser and the paper’s first arts editor. Today…
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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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