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Working with Words: Amie Batalibasi
Amie Batalibasi is an award-winning writer and filmmaker and the recipient of this year's prestigious Merata Mita Fellowship from the Sundance Institute. She's now working on the screenplay for her debut feature film, Blackbird, on the history of Australia's sugar slaves. We spoke with Amie about Sundance, stories from the Solomon…
Working with Words: Mark Brandi
Writer Mark Brandi was last year's winner of the British Crime Writers Association's coveted Debut Dagger; the resulting debut novel, Wimmera, will be published in July. We spoke with Mark about self-doubt, creativity and a hypothetical dinner party filled with dangerous, unbearable characters.
Working with Words: Ricky French
Ricky French is a Melbourne-based journalist who specialises in longform and creative non-fiction. He writes regularly for the Weekend Australian magazine, the Saturday Paper and North&South, and is a columnist for the Big Issue. We caught up with Ricky to talk cricket analogies and contradictory feedback.
Working with Words: David Metzenthen
David Metzenthen is one of Australia's most prolific and celebrated authors for young readers. He's written dozens of books for children and young adults, including award-winning classics, Johnny Hart's Heroes, Boys of Blood and Bone and Jarvis. We spoke with David about Kerouac, creativity and playing your cards close…
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…
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