Books, reading & writing
The Next Chapter: 2021 Lunchtime Q&A
Creating new artistic work takes bravery, creativity, and talent; but it also takes time, space, and financial freedom. However diverse their circumstances, all emerging writers and artists share one common need: support. With that in mind, we created The Next Chapter – a unique scheme for writers, offering creative guidance and practical support in spades.
Entries for this year’s scheme…
The 2021 Stella Prize winner in Conversation
In 2021, the Stella Prize longlist once again spoke to the ingenuity, varied perspectives and talent of Australian women writers. It spanned short stories, personal essays, a novel in translation, and a novel for young adults; works that explore people and animals through the lens of fiction and non-fiction; and an extraordinary five of the twelve nominated books are by…
The Salon Series
In partnership with State Library Victoria, we’re bringing you a series of seasonal creative salons celebrating Australia’s most exciting thinkers and performers. We’ll hear from writers, poets and musicians whose work is defining the current-day cultural agenda and will resonate for years to come.
So grab a glass of wine, pull up a chair, and dive into a vibrant evening…
Iconic Duos: The Power of Creative Mentorships
Creating new artistic work takes bravery, creativity, and talent; but it also takes time, space, and financial freedom. However diverse their circumstances, all emerging writers and artists share one common need: support.
The Next Chapter writers’ scheme and Signal Boost podcasting mentorship programme aim to provide emerging writers and podcasters with just that. Presented annually by the Wheeler Centre, they’re…
The Next Big Thing
The Next Big Thing: 2021 Emerging Writers’ Festival edition
After a turbulent year, we’ll blow away the literary cobwebs together with the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Join us at The Moat to hear readings from some of Australia’s best emerging literary voices, including 2020 Next Chapter recipient Sam Elkin, author of Emotional Female Yumiko Kadota, Voiceworks contributor Mickhaella Ermita, and multidisciplinary artist, performer and speaker Esther Tuddenham.
Presented in partnership…
Mapping Culture: Objects of Inspiration
A dog-eared book. A worn piece of clothing. A shard of porcelain. Objects have the power to evoke whole worlds from their material forms. To shake memories loose. To unleash creativity. To become the story.
In Leanne Hall’s The Gaps, news of Yin Mitchell’s abduction sends her classmates down a frightening rabbit hole. In Rebecca Lim’s Tiger Daughter…
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Sleep Deprivation Pay-Off for US Author
A kids' book with a twist is proving to be a pre-publishing phenomenon in the US. The book, Go the F— to Sleep, is actually an adult cry for help, presented in a tongue-in-cheek spirit as a kids' book. And it has its origins on Facebook. The New York Times reports author Adam Mansbach - writer of ambitious, and unmistakeably adult, literary novels…
The Prime Minister’s Speech
Could the Prime Minister’s poll woes be linked to the words she uses? Sydney Morning Herald national reporter Jacqueline Maley has written an op-ed in the daily today suggesting the stiffness with which Prime Minister Julie Gillard delivers her scripted speeches might help explain why her messages don’t seem to cut through in the electorate.
While Julia Gillard is a lively speaker when speaking…
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