Books, reading & writing
The Longform Society: Meeting #1: Robots
In our first meeting of the Longform Society, we read a selection of compelling, entertaining and occasionally terrifying pieces on the subject of robots and artificial intelligence.
Will humans have moral obligations to robots? Are we guilty of ‘origin chauvinism’ if we believe only natural phenomena can exhibit consciousness? And is this line of thinking a sinister cousin to racism…
Working with Words: Duncan Ball
Duncan Ball is the Sydney-based author of dozens of books for kids, including the much-loved Emily Eyefinger series. He chatted with us about writer's block, perseverance and the most surprising adaptations of his work.
Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2017: Introducing the Fellows (round one)
Our Hot Desk Fellowships are back. Find out who's been selected, and take a peek at the projects the first intake will be working on.
Remembering John Clarke
Australia’s finest satirist and one of its most admired writers, John Clarke, died last week. Kaz Cooke pays tribute.
Can editors – or algorithms – save the news?
Artificial intelligence is both a problem and a solution in the fight against fake news, writes Connor Tomas O'Brien. But what if we don't value objectivity and balance in the news as much as we think we do?'
Working with Words: Sian Campbell
Sian Campbell is a freelance writer and the editor-in-chief of Scum Mag. Her work has been published in Spook, Going Down Swinging Online, the Lifted Brow and Junkee. Sian spoke with us about career highlights, creative writing courses and gossiping with Virginia Woolf's Orlando.
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Focus on Kids Who Read With Reluctance
In the lead-up to the Children’s Book Festival on Sunday, Chris Morphew is blogging this week on the website of ABC Radio National’s Book Show.
Chris is a young adult author who’ll be appearing at the festival on Sunday. He wrote the first four titles in the smash-hit Zac Power Mega Missions series. He has since written a total of 12 Zac Power books…
New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism
Seduction and Betrayal: The Art of the Interview
Antipodean Children’s Lit to Tour China
Four Australian author-illustrators of children’s books will be touring China this month and next as part of an initiative to promote the local industry in the Middle Kingdom. The tour, billed as the ‘Swimming with Stories’ festival, will feature an exhibition of book illustration as well as workshops focusing on writing, illustration and other facets of narrative performance.
Thirty-one authors and illustrators will be…
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