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Working with Words: Simon Castles
Simon Castles is an editor at the Age and a former editor of the Big Issue. He spoke with us about the marvel of great newspaper journalists, returning to lucky cafes and being a clean freak.
The Fifth Estate
Family Violence Emergency
The recent book by Jess Hill, See What You Made Me Do, calls for a drastic and urgent rethink in the way we conceive of family violence in Australia. Rigorously researched, and packed with interviews and case studies, it's a once-in-a-generation book that asks us to look beyond received wisdom to confront the complexities of family violence squarely.
The Next Big Thing
Our thumping hearts can’t be – won’t be – stilled at the Heartbeat Edition of Next Big Thing, when we hear from some great new writers whose work is concerned with racing pulses, high stakes, young love and coming of age.
Nina Kenwood’s YA novel It Sounded Better in My Head is a tender exploration of first love, friendship and…
Double Booked Club
Sarah Bailey and Mark Brandi
When Double Book Club returns in September, we’ll bring crime to your lunchtime. Well, crime fiction, anyway.
Mark Brandi’s bestselling debut novel, Wimmera, won the coveted British Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger, and was named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards. His new novel, The Rip, is a departure. It’s about a young woman sleeping…
The Next Big Thing
Hot Desk Edition #2
In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works-in-progress from our second intake of 2019 Hot Desk Fellows – fresh from ten weeks of work on their projects inside the Wheeler Centre.
Featuring new writing from Millie Baylis, Rebecca Giggs, Bella Green, Shannan Lim, Gareth Morgan, Whitney Munroe, Sumudu Samarawickrama and Yen-Rong Wong.
Readings will be our bookseller for…
Claire G. Coleman: The Old Lie
Claire G.Coleman believes speculative fiction is a powerful political tool. ‘It’s a genre in which there’s great scope for Aboriginal literature … It’s able to sneak politics into places people don’t expect to see it.'
Coleman's revelatory 2017 debut novel, Terra Nullius, depicted an alternative Australia – a continent of either the distant past or the distant future –…
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