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Small Town Stories
Rural Australia – indeed, rural anywhere – is a storytelling fixture. But in many ways, it’s specifically small towns that make a perfect setting for fiction, and a potent backdrop to coming of age.
A writer might draw on the intense social relations (or seething suspicions) of people living in each other’s pockets; the pleasures and pressures of being too near…
PM’s Literary Awards Winners in Conversation
What is Australian literature? What was Australian literature? And where is our literary culture taking us? We’ll ask three recent winners of one of the country’s most prestigious literary prizes, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.
Now in its tenth year, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards recognises outstanding literary merit in Australian literature. In this conversation, we’ll explore what constitutes Australian…
Ceridwen Dovey: Fugitive Connections
What is guilt – and how can we escape the grip of the past?
Ceridwen Dovey is the author of the award-winning 2014 short story collection Only the Animals, and the novel Blood Kin. Lately, she’s also been making her mark as a regular essayist for the New Yorker and the Monthly.
In her highly anticipated second…
Corrective Memory: Writing Women Back into History
‘History is not the past,' Hilary Mantel has said. 'It's the record of what’s left on the record.’
So, what are the challenges for writers seeking to revive the stories of female historical figures? Women have not always featured prominently in the historical records. And the ways they do feature are often compromised by the prejudices of record writers and…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
Alexis Wright is an author of dazzling energy, ambition and imagination.
The publication of her exhilarating 2006 novel, Carpentaria, was a major event in Australian literary history. It won the Miles Franklin Award and became a huge critical and commercial sensation.
That epic novel, and Wright’s two other novels – Plains of Promise (1997) and The Swan Book (2013)…
Alexander McCall Smith: Warrnambool
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…
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