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Working with Words: Angela Slatter
Angela Slatter is an award-winning Brisbane-based writer specialising in dark fantasy and horror. She's best known for short stories and is the author of collections The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales, Sourdough and Other Stories, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings and Black-Winged Angels, as…
Hot Desk Extract: Hope
As part of the Wheeler Centre's Hot Desk Fellowship programme, Angelina Mirabito has been working on a novel, Hope, about a young woman with chronic bulimia. In this extract of the novel, the protagonist reflects on her early childhood and the death of her twin sister; a tragedy for which she blames herself…
Hot Desk Extract: In the Dorm
As part of the Wheeler Centre's Hot Desk Fellowship programme, Fury has been working on a gothic suite of narrative poetry, the pearls around their necks. The suite will tell the story of a girl's experience of bullying at an all-girls high school. This extract, from early in the suite, draws…
Working with Words: Helen Trinca
Helen Trinca is managing editor at the Australian and the author of three books, including the award-winning literary biography, Madeleine, about the life of author Madeleine St John. She spoke with us about botched bylines, biographies and Sally Baxter.
Jad Abumrad on the Evolution of Radiolab
Fourteen years ago, Jad Abumrad started Radiolab – a heavily sound-scaped, intricately edited radio show that went on to become one of podcasting's first success stories, with an audience numbering in the millions. How did he do it? Ahead of his appearance at the Wheeler Centre later this month, Melissa Cranenburgh asked…
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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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