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The Book of Dust: Philip Pullman in Conversation
Engrossing, complex and subversive, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is rich in myth and metaphysics.
The series, which follows the adventures of intrepid heroine Lyra Belacqua, won international acclaim, drew the ire of religious conservatives and has been translated into 40 languages. Pullman is a master storyteller and living legend, whose books continue to fascinate children and adults around…
Working with Words: Catherine de Saint Phalle
Catherine de Saint Phalle is a Melbourne-based writer, bookseller and translator. She has written four novels in French and has been published in France by Actes Sud, Buchet/Chastel and Sabine Wespieser Editeur. Her first work of non-fiction, Poum and Alexandre, was published in 2016 and was shortlisted for the…
The Festival of Questions
What the Hell? The Handmaid’s Tale in 2017
This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary.
We’re concluding the Festival of Questions with an evening of readings, rantings, debate and discussion inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale. Why has Margaret Atwood’s uniquely disturbing vision of feminist dystopia struck such a chord in 2017?
Does the overwhelming response to the…
Working with Words: Anna Spargo-Ryan
Anna Spargo-Ryan is a novelist and essayist based in Melbourne. She spoke with us about Gillian Rubinstein, intuition and shrieking (with joy!) at her agent.
Working with Words: Ali Alizadeh
Ali Alizadeh is a writer and academic based in Melbourne. He writes fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction and his works have been variously described as ‘haunting and hilarious’, ‘intriguing and infuriating’ and ‘harrowing but brilliant’. Ali shared his thoughts on Nineties zines, writing for money and pimping identities.
Family and Fiction: Anne Enright
Anne Enright is known for exploring the complexities and banalities of family life with a steely, satirical eye. As a theme in literature, ‘family’ has sometimes suffered against unfair prejudices, especially when explored by women writers, but Enright writes with a virtuosity that makes a nonsense of the stigma.
It’s not just the way the Irish author navigates the universal…
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For Everything Else There’s MasterCard: Anonymous & 21st-Century Hacktivism
This is an extract of a forthcoming essay by Gillian Terzis to be published in issue six of Kill Your Darlings, available in July.
Recently Anonymous, a decentralised collective of hackers and activists, has been everywhere – getting headlines for crashing the websites of governments and corporations alike – but also nowhere. Like an insouciant wart on the foot of institutional power, Anonymous…
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