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Working with Words: Michelle Law
Michelle Law is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, theatre and film and TV, including the book she co-authored with her brother Benjamin – Sh*t Asian Mothers Say – and the play Single Asian Female. She spoke with us about freelance challenges, alternative careers in floristry and reading Jane Eyre as an…
Working with Words: Elizabeth Pearce
Elizabeth Pearce is a writer and researcher for Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). She writes ‘gonzo’ content about the art on display at Mona, often based on interviews with artists or on her own reading and life experiences. She also writes for Mona’s blog and its many…
Are some jokes funny to all cultures? Why do suicide bomber jokes tank in Australia, but bring down the house in Pakistan? Comedian Sami Shah reflects on cultural disconnect, and overlap, in comedy.
Offensive Charms: An Armando Iannucci Radio Primer
In the shadow of TV and film achievements such as Veep, The Thick of It and In the Loop – and his crucial role in some of the most biting British satires of the past two decades – Armando Iannucci’s radio work has perhaps been easier to miss. Radio…
Quick Draw: Did Astrid Lindgren bring down the Swedish Government?
In 'Quick Draw', Sophie Quick gives short-and-sweet answers to obscure literary questions you never actually 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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