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Harry Who? The True Heroes of Hogwarts
Remember the world before June 1997? If you can't, don't worry; you didn't miss much. The world was a dull, uninspired, basically pointless place. Nobody had ever heard of quidditch or boggarts or kneazles. Hardly anybody even knew how to pronounce 'Hermione'.
Luckily, J.K. Rowling stepped up and fixed everything. By imagining the incredible world of Hogwarts and writing the…
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‘Reading aloud binds us together in unanticipated ways. It brings us home,’ Kate DiCamillo has written, recalling memories of her mother reading stories to her as a child growing up in Florida.
Sally Rippin and Kate DiCamillo
DiCamillo has a deep understanding of reading as a means of connecting us – as the former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, she has advocated for the importance of stories as a means by which children can see the world clearly. Her children’s stories and middle grade novels, from Flora and Ulysses to Because of Winn-Dixie, are treasured by readers of all ages for their careful, tender – and often magical – depictions of how it feels to grow up.
DiCamillo’s latest novel, Raymie Nightingale, follows in that tradition, and represents a form of homecoming for its author. Set in Florida in the golden patina of the ’70s, and centring on a ten-year-old protagonist grappling with abandonment by her father, the novel is, according to DiCamillo, ‘the absolutely true story of my heart’.
Listen to DiCamillo in conversation with Sally Rippin as they discuss the importance of reading and writing for everyone – and take lots of questions from readers young and old.
Clunes Booktown Festival: Women Writing Women
This event is now fully booked. Festival passes to Clunes Booktown (excluding this event) are available at the festival website.
‘A word after a word after a word is power,’ wrote the feminist author Margaret Atwood.
What is the power of putting a woman front and centre in a story? And is it still a subversive act? In this broad…
Matthew Reilly on Books, Blockbusters and Blowing Stuff Up
Self-publishing success stories don’t come more spectacular than the story of action-thriller writer Matthew Reilly.
In 1996, aged 22, the Sydney-based writer took out a bank loan to self-publish his first novel, Contest, after his manuscript was rejected by all major Australian publishers. A commissioning editor at Pan Macmillan stumbled across a copy of Contest in 1997, and the…
Girls Writing About Girls
‘My body was still boyish and small and straight up and down, but I knew that it was interesting to men.’ Abigail Ulman’s short-story collection, Hot Little Hands, features female characters on the brink of adulthood, coming to terms with desire and what it means to be desired.
Such frank, funny and authentic depictions of girls’ sexuality (and its…
Working with Words: Garth Nix
Before he became a bestselling novelist, Garth Nix worked as a literary agent, editor, bookseller ... and a part-time soldier in the Army Reserve. He is best known as the author of fantasy book series for children and young adults, especially The Seventh Tower, Keys to the Kingdom and Troubletwisters. Garth spoke…
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Amazon Courts Young Adult Author
Amanda Hocking, author of paranormal romance young adult fiction, has earned her place in publishing history. Last week, Amazon made a $2 million bid to publish a four-book series by the 26 year-old self-publishing wunderkind. The bid was unsuccessful - St Martin’s Press was the successful bidder - but Amazon’s bid was the highest in dollar terms. The move signals a shift in Amazon’s…
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