Books, reading & writing
The Long Game: Women in Sport Today
How are ideas, and our expectations, around gender and sport evolving? And how does sport inform our sense of self? Who gets to play, and who gets to win, in the field of sports?
In an outstanding new essay collection, Balancing Acts: Women in Sport, a dream-team of Australia’s finest writers, including Ellen Van Neerven, Tegan Higginbotham, Nicole Hayes…
Working with Words: Trent Dalton
Trent Dalton is a screenwriter, novelist and Walkley Award-winning journalist at the Weekend Australian. He spoke with us about Charlotte's Web, bad poetry and 14 pt Tahoma.
The Wheeler Centre
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia
Anita Heiss, Celeste Liddle, Zachary Penrith-Puchalski and Sharon Payne — Photo: Scott Limbrick
In her introduction to Growing up Aboriginal in Australia, editor Anita Heiss writes: ‘[These] stories cover country from Nukunu to Noongar, Wiradjuri to Western Arrernte, Ku Ku Yalinji to Kunibidji, Gunditjamara to Gumbaynggirr and many places in between.’
It’s a collection of truly diverse stories – sometimes surprising and funny, often confronting and always illuminating – that paint a rich and detailed picture of what it means to come of age as an Aboriginal Australian. How do the formative experiences of Aboriginal Australians shape their sense of self and their sense of community? And what experiences do Aboriginal kids across the country have in common – whether they’re in the city or the suburbs or in the most remote corners of the continent?
With contributors Celeste Liddle, Zachary Penrith-Puchalski and Sharon Payne, Heiss hosts a frank, funny and forthright discussion of formative years and life lessons.
Working with Words: Matthew Condon
Matthew Condon is a journalist and the acclaimed author of many books including The Trout Opera, The Lulu Magnet and All Fall Down. He shared with us the lessons he learned as a bowser boy and told us about a lifetime of listening, laughing and learning to write about Brisbane.
The Wheeler Centre
Alexander McCall Smith
Toni Jordan and Alexander McCall Smith — Photo: Johnboy Davidson
Alexander McCall Smith is a literary phenomenon; a force of nature and a seemingly limitless source of light and laughs for readers across the world.
The Edinburgh-based author of more than 60 novels for adults and 50 novels for children is read in 46 different languages. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of his most famous series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. It’s a series that has sold more than 25 million copies in English alone. McCall’s novels – whether comic family dramas set in Edinburgh’s New Town or cosy mysteries in Gaborone, Botswana – are warm, witty, wise and completely irresistible.
Here he joins Toni Jordan for a discussion of creativity, comedy and collaboration.
Jennifer Egan is one of America’s most acclaimed and least predictable novelists.
Egan’s most famous book – the virtuosic, Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad – took the form of 13 interlocking stories set in the dying days of the music industry, with one chapter presented in the form of a powerpoint presentation. Her latest novel, Manhattan Beach…
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The Enthusiast reports that legendary US comic artist Robert Crumb has cancelled a scheduled appearance in Sydney later this month following a Daily Telegraph report he believes misrepresented him. The Telegraph report begins with the introduction, “A self-confessed sex pervert whose explicit comic drawings cannot be shown in Australia is to deliver a talk and hold a special exhibition at the Sydney Opera House.”
Thursday Digest: DIY Publishing
Our theme this week in the Dailies has been the rapidly changing landscape of the publishing industry (here and here). Today we present a sample of the content pinging around the dubya-dubya-dubya on the do-it-yourself opportunities now available to emerging writers.
We begin with an excellent introduction to the field at Self-Publishing Review by Western Australian Phill English (first published on his blog Toothsoup).
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