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‘Like Opening a Tomb Sealed for Centuries’: Lost Literary Manuscripts
The recent discovery and imminent publication of Harper Lee's lost book, Go Set a Watchman –written (and rejected) before the classic To Kill a Mockingbird – generated widespread speculation about the author's ability to consent. But the frenzied publicity around the book is part of a long tradition of…
Yes - We’ve Rearranged the Furniture
As a new look wheelercentre.com pushes off from the jetty, Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams and digital manager Jon Tjhia talk through some of the changes.
Photos: Julia Donaldson in Geelong
Yesterday, Julia Donaldson wrapped our GALAs 2015 series with a special interactive storytelling afternoon at Geelong West Town Hall. We captured the excitement in a series of photos.
Photos: For Five with Julia Donaldson
This afternoon at Melbourne Town Hall, we (and a thousand kids) took a wild ride through children's literature with For Five. A Gala for five year olds with Julia Donaldson. Check out our photos – featuring cameos from your favourite Donaldson characters including Superworm and The Gruffalo.
Anita Heiss on Valentine’s Day and Lasting Love
Last night, taking her cue from the collision of our Gala Night of Storytelling and Valentine's Day, Anita Heiss shared five reasons why she doesn't like 14 February – but why she does believe in lasting love. Listen here.
Working with Words
Writers and publishers talk about their work, and more
- Benjamin Law, in his long form critical essay, 'Holding the Man and AIDS in Australia', published as part of our series The Long View.
'There is something about mainstream gay culture that almost tacitly discourages interaction between gay men from different age groups, or at least considers it suspect. It’s a shame, because there is a lot to share. '
Notes on Criticism
Will Whedon sing on Friday night?
This year Joss Whedon made his musical debut on This American Life with his own piano accompanied piece. It’s classic Whedon - endearing, nerdy and with a few in-jokes - but in case he doesn’t sing at his Melbourne Writers Festival keynote you can hum along to this little number.
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