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Miranda July’s Internet Interventions
Facilitating unexpected intimacy between strangers is one of Miranda July’s ongoing preoccupations, writes Connor Tomas O’Brien.
Working with Words: Hannah Donnelly
Hannah Donnelly created the Sovereign Trax Indigenous music blog and is co-editor of Sovereign Apocalypse, a zine focussing on emerging artists and storytellers. In the lead-up to her appearance at the Blak & Bright festival, Hannah spoke with us about language, family, secret floristry aspirations and the best writing advice she's received so…
Family Ghost Story
'Hauntings fascinate me,' says writer Lian Low. 'I feel haunted by the country of my birth, Malaysia.' When her Singaporean uncle refuses to share the story of a haunted house, Lian begins to coax other memories from him – of fishing adventures off Terengganu and wooden Malay palaces.
We Need a Song: Tim Finn on musicals, muses and Madeleine St John
Crisp, comical and containing many fabulous costumes, the late Madeleine St John's 1993 novel, The Women in Black, seems ideally suited to adaptation for the stage. Set in the fictional Goodes department store in 1950s Sydney, the novel has finally been made into a musical, now showing in Melbourne. We talked with …
The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2016: ‘it was from the reading’
The winners of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were announced last night at a garden party on the lawns of Parliament House. Awards were presented in the categories of Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama and Writing for Young Adults. A People’s Choice Award was also announced, as well as the…
Working with Words: Zoe Norton Lodge
Zoe Norton Lodge is a writer/presenter on ABC1's The Check Out. She's the co-creator of Story Club, a live storytelling night and podcast. In 2015, she released Almost Sincerely, a collection of 'autobiographicalish' short stories. She spoke with us about Dylan Thomas, The Girl on the Train…
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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…
The Cloud Atlas
Two articles recently posted on the web on related topics have questioned the future of e-books, e-reading and even the internet more broadly. Tech industry executive and academic Don Norman asks if the trend towards cloud computing is in the best interests of consumers. An excellent essay at Overland also questions cloud computing insofar as it relates to e-books.
Readings recently launched an e-publishing…
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