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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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What I'm Reading—Bronwyn Mehan

Bronwyn Mehan October 20

...in the face of a gaping hole in Australian literary criticism, I will end with a description of my fantasy academic hardback with silver lettering. More


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What I'm Reading—Julie Chevalier

Julie Chevalier October 06

I’m a short fiction tragic. I read for enjoyment and relaxation but also to learn how to write better. More


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Arts funding and policy bodies come to understand the nature of artistic practice through their relationship with what they fund. More


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What I'm Reading—Jo Case

Jo Case September 29

I have been reading about grief, loss and resilience. About rebuilding, renewal, and writing new life narratives. More


“I read about grief and loss because that was the company I wanted to be in; I wanted to feel less alone in being submerged by it.”

What a beautiful piece, Jo. Thanks for sharing this.

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An Ocean Distilled

Lou Heinrich September 26

Popova sees her role as distilling the ocean of information available in the world, and repackaging them into consumable bites. In essence, Brainpickings makes big ideas accessible. More


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What I'm Reading—AJ Betts

AJ Betts September 08

I wish I could read faster, but when I open a book, my whole body slows down as I let the prose find its rhythm. Sometimes I forget the story altogether, luxuriating in the words. More


I love the way you write, AJ. You convey your joy and intelligence through it. – Emily

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Works in translation

Zora Sanders September 05

It is up to us as English speakers and readers to forge a market for these works, to show that we want to know about the rest of the world, even if we don’t yet speak its language. More


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What I'm Reading—Sophie Lloyd

Sophie Lloyd September 01

Finding things within books has become such a pleasure that I now deliberately leave my bookmarks tucked tightly into the binding. More


Your piece made me think of all of the airline tickets I have left in books during my travels to and from Tasmania. I guess people usually say that books take us places, but it is good to remember that we take books places too. Like every good...

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Passion and naivety

Zora Sanders August 29

All new literary magazines are founded with just such a mix of passion and naivety. No editor would undertake the task if they didn’t feel utterly compelled, nor if they truly understood what they were getting themselves into. More


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