Books, reading & writing
Ursula Dubosarsky: Do Teens Still Need Books?
'Read for your life!’ is Ursula Dubosarsky's official theme as the current Australian Children's Laureate. But recent reports have shown that an alarming drop in reading happens after children finish primary school.
How can secondary teachers support kids to become life-long readers? What hurdles do teachers typically face in terms of access to books, and access to a variety of books, when…
Ursula Dubosarsky: Agents of Choice
We all want kids and teenagers to be good at reading. Ideally, we'd like to get as many kids as possible hooked on books for life. To do that, librarians need to be able to offer young people reading choices and variety; the opportunity to select their own books, explore their own interests and find their own reading groove.
How to Make a Movie in 12 Days
Orson Welles did it with Citizen Kane. Greta Gerwig did it with Lady Bird. Sometimes the first movie you make is just a straight-up masterpiece. Why not get started early?
At this online school-holiday workshop for young storytellers, run by middle-grade author Fiona Hardy, kids can do exactly that. Hardy is the author of How to Make a…
Your questions answered, in our live Q&A
Are you working on your application? Planning to nominate an emerging writer? In a live-streamed Q&A, the Wheeler Centre's Veronica Sullivan and Sophie Black answered your questions about applying for The Next Chapter.
The Next Chapter: Lunchtime Q&A
‘You get money and time to write. Proper money! You get mentoring for a year and all kinds of focused, wise support. No deadlines, no commercial pressures and no one uses that god-awful word “outcomes” … These things are as rare as hen’s teeth at the best of times, and at this moment of amplified precarity and uncertainty, they are…
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Shelf Life: Paul Holdengräber and Susan Orlean on Libraries
Kate Torney, Susan Orlean and Paul Holdengräber at the Athenaeum Theatre
'The boundary between society and the library is porous,' Susan Orlean has written. 'Nothing good is kept out of the library, and nothing bad.'
What do libraries mean to us – as public places and civic institutions? Why do attacks on libraries evoke a special kind of horror? And what do libraries represent in the collective imagination and in literary history?
In partnership with State Library Victoria, we brought together two great American thinkers who have spent years of their lives immersed in the world of libraries. Paul Holdengräber was the former curator of conversations at the New York Public Library, and is the founding executive director of the Onassis Foundation LA, a centre for dialogue in Los Angeles which is an outpost of the Onassis headquarters in Athens. Susan Orlean is a bestselling author and New Yorker staff writer whose latest work, The Library Book, combines memoir with an investigation of the unsolved 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire.
In an extravagantly nerdy conversation, they discuss the past, present and future of public libraries; why we love them, and why we can’t do without them. Hosted by Kate Torney.
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Advice to Aspiring Writers
On the Booktopia blog, author Arnold Zable was asked ‘Ten Terrifying Questions’. The last of them is, what advice would you give aspiring writers? Zable replies: “Life comes first, writing second. Travel, enter diverse worlds, keep a journal as you go, be attentive to the details of everyday life, be a participant as much as an observer, and listen to the many tales that…
Something Fishy in Guardian’s Best Cookbooks
The Observer announced its top ten cook books on Sunday creating a stir in culinary circles.
Many of the big names missed out. Our Stephanie Alexander came in at 31 with her cooking bible, The Cook’s Companion, and relative newcomers like Jamie Oliver only got a single mention at 15 for Jamie’s Italy. Even Nigella barely scraped in at 42.
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