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What I'm Reading—Lily Stojcevski

Lily Stojcevski December 22

YA gives us more than great characters and themes. I love some YA for its writing. When I am reading I often stop to plague whoever is nearest, friend or family, with an excerpt that is funny, smart or just plain beautiful More


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What I'm Reading—Julie Ditrich

Julie Ditrich December 15

I originally read the Sherlock Holmes collection when I was about 12. My Russian ‘Babushka’ who had a great passion for classic literature and old Hollywood films passed on her abiding love for the great consulting detective to me. More


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What I’m Reading—Lauren Aimee Curtis

Lauren Aimee Curtis December 08

‘There are only so many plots,’ writes Renata Adler in Speedboat, ‘There are insights, prose flights, rhythms, felicities. But only so many plots’. More


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What I'm Reading—Jarni Blakkarly

Jarni Blakkarly November 17

...honestly I’m sick of reading history books by white men on a whitewashed history of the world. More


Hmm, so I guess Christopher Hill, E P Thompson and Eric Hobsbawm are just old white men scribbling on a whitewashed canvas? I’m sympathetic to the sentiment, but honestly, your last paragraph is a piece of fashionable cant.

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As time went on, the more poetry and writing about poetry that I read, the more I ran into the body. It seemed to be at the heart of poetry. More


I find your thoughts on poetic form in relation to the human form insightful. You’ve expressed the absolute commonality of us all and how this can be represented in words.

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What I'm Reading—Ali Alizadeh

Ali Alizadeh November 10

The rather whimsical and possibly verbose style of the above paragraphs is a testimony to the immediate effect that the German novelist’s work seems to have had on me. More


Saying “I don’t wish to appear as an elitist” is a simple preface to introduce an anti-mainstream sentiment without the holier-than-thou snobbery of an elitist. It doesn’t have anything whatsoever to do with racism. By the way, Anonymous, you...

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Episode seven features Raimond Gaita and Glyn Davis on the place and purpose of the university, Laura Jean McKay on visiting the land of Couch, as well as tales of rogue weather More


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What I'm Reading—Susan McCreery

Susan McCreery November 03

My usual reading-for-fun habit is to dip into short story collections, especially when struggling with my own writing. More


This is brilliant in its own write. But I am her brother.

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What I'm Reading—Sarah Burnside

Sarah Burnside October 27

There’s an awful lot of writing-about-writing around, but then some of it’s awfully good... More


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Grief, Loss and Australian Fiction

Eliza Henry-Jones October 22

Writing a novel lends itself to the exploration of grief, the way that sadness surges and recedes. A novel allows for immersion. It allows readers to be swallowed, to disappear into the narrative. More


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