Texts in the City goes digital

Just in time for exam revision, we’re releasing our first package of unique digital resources, perfect for VCE students and teachers. You can watch these videos from the comfort of your own home (or classroom).

Texts in the City is an opportunity for students to easily access the opinions of writers and experts on their assigned texts. It’s an ideal research tool for essay writing, as well as a way to watch the works come alive on screen.

This educational package features a curated selection of highlights from the treasure trove of videos from the series. The titles are Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?Gwen Harwood: Selected PoemsWuthering HeightsStasilandBrooklyn and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

Don’t see your text in the list? Check out our full video archive here.

Texts in the City

From 2011—2013, our Texts in the City series brought to life over 50 of the prescribed texts on the VCE English and Literature lists, through interviews with writers and experts. From 2014, the content will be repackaged for use in the classroom and beyond – and made available to all Australian students, wherever they might live and study.

This project is made possible by the generous support of the Collier Charitable Fund.

Featured texts

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Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

Raymond Carver

In this discussion, writers Tony Birch and Josephine Rowe –both well acquainted with writing short stories –explore Raymond Carver’s landmark 1976 collection, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?.

Making notes on specific stories from the book, as well as tracing broader themes running throughout, they examine relationships, alienation, nostalgia…

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Gwen Harwood: Selected Poems

Gwen Harwood

Drawing on two events discussing the poetry of Gwen Harwood, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Tony Birch, Kevin Brophy and Jenny Niven explore Harwood’s playfulness with language and identity, the biographical events that influenced her poetry, the influences of religion and music –and her brushes with the ‘unsayable’.

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Colm Tobin

In Brooklyn, Irish writer Colm Tóibín follows Eilis Lacey as she migrates from Ireland to New York City in search of work.

Interspersed with notes from Tóibín himself, we hear from Tony Birch and Corrie Perkin about Eilis' progression from timidity to confidence, the relationship between her inner and…

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Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights is one of the defining texts of the Victorian literature genre –and its author’s only book. In this video, authors Lili Wilkinson and Alison Croggon talk about resisting domestic or romantic interpretations of the book.

They discuss and describe its obsessive and sometimes cruel characters, their unreliability as…

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Anna Funder

Join Lili Wilkinson and Melinda Harvey for a discussion about Anna Funder’s 2002 work of creative nonfiction, Stasiland. They talk about Germany’s struggles with history, the reception of the book, and various techniques Funder uses to craft the story’s journey through sensitive subject matter.

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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Ray Lawler

With Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, playwright Ray Lawler changed the way Australians see themselves reflected on stage –and arguably caused a major shift in the direction of Australian theatre.

In this edited discussion, Lili Wilkinson is joined by Ailsa Piper –a playwright and actor who met her husband…