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Celebrating Peter Temple
Jason Steger speaking at the Celebrating Peter Temple event
As a nation mired in certain delinquent traditions, you might say that Australians are overachievers in the field of crime writing. Amongst us, though, Peter Temple was one of the very best.
His prose elevated crime fiction to literary significance, too. In addition to winning prestigious crime fiction prizes including five Ned Kelly Awards and the Crime Writers’ Association Duncan Lawrie Dagger – the first Australian to claim the Gold Dagger – his last novel, Truth, won the Miles Franklin.
Temple died in March this year, a couple of days shy of his 72nd birthday. To celebrate his contribution to Australia’s crime fiction canon, we brought together some of his contemporaries, friends and admirers for a night of readings from his work – and stories from his own life. Hosted by Jason Steger.
Working with Words: Nina Oyama
Nina Oyama is a comedian, actress and writer. She spoke with us about indecipherable teenage diaries, generating ideas late at night and magic potatoes.
Jini Maxwell: MWF Picks to Affirm Your Faith in the Power of Writing
Ahead of Melbourne Writers Festival 2018, writer and arts producer Jini Maxwell – who will be hosting a conversation with marine biologist Micheline Jenner – shares her picks from the MWF programme.
Collective Spirit: First Nations Poetry
‘The Christianity you hold so high / Is but a lie, / Justice a cant of hypocrites, content / With precedent.’ (Oodgeroo Noonuccal, in ‘Colour Bar’.)
Poetry has always been a powerful vehicle for ideas. As a genre, it’s often entangled with the moral and social conflicts of the age, and rich with references to politics, history, joy and pain…
Maria Tumarkin: Axiomatic
‘Time is what makes everything OK. How it flows forward and circles round itself, both; how life, suspended, zero gravity, in time consists of so many things repeating.’
Maria Tumarkin is one of Australia’s foremost writers of creative non-fiction. With Axiomatic, her fourth book – seven years in the making – she explores the limits of stories and of institutions, and…
Art Journal Workshop
Want to create an amazing, elaborate art journal? At this practical school-holiday workshop, learn how to make your own journal with a master of the craft.
Asphyxia is a writer and illustrator, as well as a circus performer and puppeteer. She’s the creator of the Grimstone gothic kids books and she’s absolutely dedicated to her art journal.
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Oodles of Doodles
Ever wonder what your favourite writers' doodles look like? Back in the days before word processing, writing was a matter of putting pen - or pencil - to paper. As writing is a slow, laborious and often dull activity, writers were prone to distraction or even, perish the thought, procrastination. Often they would resort to doodling.
Flavorwire has published a fascinating overview of doodles…
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Cult Author Goes Yellow
Neil Gaiman, author of Sandman and Coraline graphic novels, is set to make an appearance on The Simpsons according to his blog.
Gaiman revealed that his episode will be called ‘The Book Job’ though he was obtuse about the details “I play myself. I play a very different version of myself to the me I played in Arthur, though. For a start, I do…
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