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Meanland: Reading in a time of change

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The way we read is changing more profoundly now than at any time since the invention of movable type. E-books, electronic ink, digital readers; the book is reinventing itself at a dizzying rate.

But what does the future hold for readers, for publishers and for writers?

Across 2010 Meanjin and Overland – two of Australia’s finest literary journals – come together for a series of events and articles investigating the impact of new technology, economic change and shifting notions of intellectual property on reading and writing in Australia.

Under the guiding hand and watchful eye of Meanjin editor Sophie Cunningham, the opening event in the series explores what reading might be like in fifteen years time. Discussing these weighty topics are Sherman Young, academic and author of The Book is Dead; Margaret Simons, media commentator and author of The Content Makers; literary critic Peter Craven; and broadcaster and M-book author Marieke Hardy.

Featuring

Marieke Hardy

Marieke Hardy was born on or around the set of The Sullivans and has remained in the media ever since. From inauspicious beginnings as a lisping child actor in The Henderson Kids II, the granddaughter of Frank Hardy has both appeared in and written for many Australian dramas, from Something in the A... Read more

Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons is Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University. In 2015, she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism. Her recent books include Six Square Metres, Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story, What’s Next in Journalism?, Journalism at ... Read more

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham AM is the author of seven books, across multiple fiction and nonfiction, children and adults and include City of Trees – Essays on life, death and the need for a forest, and Melbourne. She is also editor of the collection Fire, Flood, Plague: Australian writers respond to 2020... Read more

Peter Craven

Peter Craven is one of Australia’s best-known literary critics. He edited Scripsi with Michael Heyward and was the founding editor of the Black Inc. Best Of annuals (Essays, Stories, Poems) and of Quarterly Essay. His work appears regularly in the Age, Australian, Sydney Morning Herald and Austral... Read more

Sherman Young

Associate Professor Sherman Young is Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University. He is also the Deputy Head of the Department of Media, Music and Cultural Studies, where he teaches new media theory and production. His research focuses on the cultural impac... Read more

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