Books, reading & writing
Armando Iannucci is the brilliant comedic mind behind Veep’s Selina Meyer, The Thick of It’s Malcolm Tucker and, in collaboration with Chris Morris on The Day Today, the irrepressible Alan Partridge. If you’re familiar with Iannucci’s work, you’ll know he’s also responsible for some of the most inventive swearing and bizarre black comedy ever broadcast in TV history.
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 smokey newsrooms
Dark Emu: Bruce Pascoe and Tony Birch in Conversation
Myths about the lives of pre-colonial Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have proven deeply entrenched. But in his 2014 book Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe struck a grievous blow to one of the most widely accepted assumptions of Australian pre-settlement history. He argued, and presented robust evidence drawn from the journals of European explorers, that Indigenous people were not…
Invasion of the Pod People
Can U Not? Featuring Megan Tan
Inspired by US podcasts like Women of the Hour and Call Your Girlfriend, Can U Not? is one of a new crop of Australian podcasts centred around entertaining and insightful critiques of pop culture – as young women experience and enjoy it. Hosts Brodie Lancaster and Kamna Maddagouni cover topics as broad as the merit of awards, celebrity Snaps, accessibility…
The Next Big Thing
Poetry, more than most other forms of writing, takes on a different life when lifted from the page by the voice of a reader. That’s when many of the things that make poetry poetry – the rhythms and silences – can come to the fore.
At the Moat in May, hear from local poets who use voice, as well as words…
The Longform Society
Meeting #2: The Argonauts
‘You pass as a guy; I, as pregnant. Our waiter cheerfully tells us about his family, expresses delight in ours. On the surface, it may have seemed as though your body was becoming more and more “male”, mine, more and more “female”. But that’s not how it felt on the inside. On the inside, we were two human animals undergoing…
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Annie Proulx at the Wheeler Centre
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Bestselling author Annie Proulx was in town recently as a guest of the Melbourne Writers Festival and the Wheeler Centre. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News was in town to promote Bird Cloud, a memoir of childhood, her father and Wyoming.
In this video of her wide-ranging conversation with the Wheeler Centre’s Michael Williams, she discusses books…
In Defence of YA fiction
New York Times columnist Pamela Paul is tired of the snubbing that young adult (YA) fiction gets.
The Late Great: Patrick White (video)
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A novel manuscript entitled ‘The Hanging Garden’, unfinished at the time of its author Patrick White’s death, is set to be published in 2012 to mark the centenary of the author’s death. White stipulated in his will that the manuscript be destroyed, but his literary executor, Barbara Mobbs, took a decade to decide to disregard his instructions. The handwritten manuscript…
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