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Australia’s Biggest Book Group
The State Library of Victoria is asking Victorians to help choose a book that describes the Victorian experience and can represent the state in the 2012 National Year of Reading ‘Our Story’ program.
Using reader voting, ‘Our Story’ will select one book from each Australian state and territory to form the reading list for Australia’s biggest book group. An independent selection committee in each…
Persistence: Fiction on Sri Lanka’s Civil War by Rajith Savanadasa, Hot Desk Fellowship Extracts 2014
Metaphorical Guns for Hire
In the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac, the eponymous hero - a brilliant poet with an extremely large nose - improvises romantic poetry to help his friend seduce the woman they both love. With an entrepreneurial panache arguably untypical of poets, Australian Poetry have taken this idea to a whole new level. The Australian Poetry website is putting out a call to poets…
The Long Hours that Follow the Fifteen Minutes
“Flame is fleeting,” Napoleon said. “Obscurity is forever. I’ll take obscurity.” Of course, he did no such thing. But we couldn’t help but think of Napoleon’s quip while reading this piece in Flavorwire on once-famous writers that have fallen into relative obscurity.
Finding Our Flamingo: Rijn Collins on taxidermy, audio fiction and winning the inaugural Sarah Awards
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