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Working with Words: Shaun Carney
Shaun Carney was a journalist, editor and columnist with the Herald and the Age in a career spanning 35 years. Today, he's a memoirist, with a new book, Press Escape, out later this month. We caught up with Shaun to talk Fitzgerald, former lives and Monkees fandom.
Quick Draw: What did Guy de Maupassant use as a paperweight?
In Quick Draw, Sophie Quick gives short and sweet answers to the obscure literary questions you never actually asked.
Working with Words: Portland Jones
Portland Jones has never been able to decide if she is a writer or a horse trainer – so she is both. We caught up with Portland to discuss Hamlet, horses and her debut novel, Seeing the Elephant.
A Feverish Desire to Possess
How did Randa Abdel-Fattah overcome her adolescent fixation on Sweet Valley High to find her own voice as a writer? In this piece, from the essay collection The Book that Made Me, she describes the impact of Melina Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi.
Rotten Logic: what is corruption?
What do we mean when we talk about corruption? And who decides what counts as corrupt activity? Jarni Blakkarly explains.
The Great Immigration Con: Shen Narayanasamy’s 2016 Di Gribble Argument
Earlier this month, the Wheeler Centre presented the third annual Di Gribble Argument. This year, we invited human rights lawyer Shen Narayanasamy to tackle one of the intractable conversations in Australian public life: stopping the boats.
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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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