Books, reading & writing
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.
The Alt Write
Our favourite writers move us and inspire us: our imaginations, our humanity, our understanding of the world. But sometimes their writerly purpose can carry a little more bite. What is the role for the writer as shit-stirrer and agitator, provocateur and agent for change?
For this all-star panel, we’re bringing together four incredible writers and contrarians. With host Michael Williams…
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The Gift of Reading
On the occasion in the UK of World Book Day (previously mentioned here) the Guardian asked 45 writers to nominate which books they like to give away. They received some fascinating replies. Salman Rushdie likes to give The Arabian Nights; John Lanchester likes to give Denis Johnson’s short story collection Jesus' Son; for William Boyd, it’s Nabokov’s unsurpassed puzzle, Pale Fire…
Beyond Critical Failure
If there was one intention for the week of Critical Failure it was that it would create debate - either in the event itself or spilling out onto the web or newspaper pages in the following weeks.
Critical Failure: Books panellist Rebecca Starford
By way of right of reply, the participants have already begun penning some further thoughts. Book critic Peter Craven called the…
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