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Glory is Hers: Women’s Sport on Screen
How often do we see women playing rough and tough; reaching for glory and putting their bodies on the line? In the wake of the inaugural AFLW season, Clem Bastow looks at depictions of women's sport on screen.
Working with Words: Mireille Juchau
Mireille Juchau is a novelist, essayist and teacher of literature. Her third novel, The World Without Us, won the 2016 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. Mireille spoke with us about bad advice, literary heroes and her years in smoky newsrooms
Reek Between the Lines
Liam Pieper discusses the power of smell and great works of literature that stink to high heaven.
Working with Words: Elizabeth Redman
Elizabeth Redman is a property reporter for the Australian. She chatted with us about deadlines, Hermione Granger and getting her start in student media.
Do Not Ask for Whom the Pinball Chimes
Can we cheat death with words? Of course we can't – but we'll probably die trying, as David Astle attested at the Wheeler Centre Gala 2017.
Working with Words: Amelia Lester
Raised in Sydney and educated at Harvard, Amelia Lester is the former executive online editor at the New Yorker. She returned home last year to serve as the editor of Fairfax's Good Weekend magazine. As Amelia prepares to depart from that role, and for new adventures in Japan, she chatted with…
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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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