Books, reading & writing
Questions I’ve Asked Myself: Liam Pieper
'Will this make a good story?' In the lead-up to The Festival of Questions, Liam Pieper quizzes his own conscience.
The Book of Dust: Philip Pullman in Conversation
Engrossing, complex and subversive, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is rich in myth and metaphysics.
The series, which follows the adventures of intrepid heroine Lyra Belacqua, won international acclaim, drew the ire of religious conservatives and has been translated into 40 languages. Pullman is a master storyteller and living legend, whose books continue to fascinate children and adults around…
How Do Writers Navigate Celebrity Interviews?
Jenny Valentish has interviewed Jack White, Joan Jett, Shirley Manson and many more big names in the music industry. Ahead of our Longform Society discussion of celebrity journalism, she shares the trials, traps and terrors of profiling VIPs.
Working with Words: Catherine de Saint Phalle
Catherine de Saint Phalle is a Melbourne-based writer, bookseller and translator. She has written four novels in French and has been published in France by Actes Sud, Buchet/Chastel and Sabine Wespieser Editeur. Her first work of non-fiction, Poum and Alexandre, was published in 2016 and was shortlisted for the…
The Festival of Questions
What the Hell? The Handmaid’s Tale in 2017
This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary.
We’re concluding the Festival of Questions with an evening of readings, rantings, debate and discussion inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale. Why has Margaret Atwood’s uniquely disturbing vision of feminist dystopia struck such a chord in 2017?
Does the overwhelming response to the…
Working with Words: Kim Scott
Kim Scott is one of Australia's most celebrated novelists. He was the first Indigenous author to win the Miles Franklin Award (for Benang: From the Heart in 2000) and won a subsequent Miles Franklin Award in 2011 (as well as a Commonwealth Writers' Prize) for his next novel, That Deadman Dance …
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How Social Media is Changing Journalism
Social media is an essential of the journalist’s new toolkit, argued Julie Posetti in a Lunchbox/Soapbox presentation she recently delivered, which we’ve uploaded to watch and hear today. In an interview published on the Melbourne Press Club website, conducted while Julie was in Melbourne for her Wheeler Centre appearance, she was asked to define the term, ‘Twitterisation of journalism’.
“Through engagement with a platform…
Tan Joins Australian Oscar Tilt
Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan is one of 7 Australians nominated for an Oscar overnight. Tan’s nomination is for the film The Lost Thing in the category of best animated short film. Tan co-directed the short with Andrew Ruhemann. Although he hardly needs an introduction, here’s one anyway.
Others in the list of Australians shortlisted for honours include Jacki Weaver for her portrayal…
Maze of Our Lives
In a New York Times article titled ‘The Problem with Memoir’, Neil Genzlinger revisits the genre in his review of 4 new memoirs, including Johanna Adorjan’s An Exclusive Love.
Genzlinger outlines 4 rules of thumb for would-be memoirists: (1) “That you had parents and a childhood does not of itself qualify you to write a memoir.” (2) “No one wants to relive your…
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