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Shortlist Announced: 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
The Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an emerging Victorian writer offers a $15,000 prize for an unpublished fiction manuscript – which may be a collection of stories or a novel. Today, we unveil the shortlisted works.
Notes From the Footscray Substation
The Weather Stations: Substations project at Footscray City College involves a class of Year Nine students in an innovative program that invites them to engage with climate change and the environment, through art and creativity. Here, we present some of the highlights of the work the students have produced recently.
When it comes to environmental change, can good storytelling play a role in shifting behaviour and mindsets? In Tony Birch's The Tern, the migratory patterns of the Arctic Tern play a part in a deeply human story.
How I Didn’t Stop Global Warming: The climate diary of a concerned consumer
After reading about a possible socio-economic collapse brought about by human energy consumption, Polish poet Jaś Kapela is inspired to begin a 'climate diary', tracking his own consumption patterns. As Kapela discovers, even those with a deep awareness of climate protection issues are often unable to resist breaking their own green…
Pulp and Circumstance
Pulp fiction is usually associated with cheap and dirty thrills. But Andrew Nette explains that there might just be some squeaky-clean secrets in the pulp publishing closet. Did pulp fiction aid post-War literacy? Has it played a role in furthering social enlightenment?
Memories of an Island
After UK-based author Xiaolu Guo visits Coochiemudlo Island, off the Queensland coast, she grows fascinated with the history and philosophy of islands and those who inhabit them. Is there really an Island Mentality as opposed to a Mainland Mentality? What happened the Sentinelese people on their isolated little strip of jungle? And, in the overall…
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Notes on Religion
9/11 Changed Everything for Muslims Too
The online Australian-Muslim magazine Sultana’s Dream has just published its second edition. Editor Hanifa Deen introduces the issue with an editorial on the burqa, which to many Westerners has become a kind of symbol of an imagined contest between Islam and Western civilisation.“Fed up talking about the burqa, yet ending up on the same old treadmill talking about the burqa!” writes the Kalgoorlie-born Deen…
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