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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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The loss of the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics weakens government’s capacity to understand us, and our own capacity to understand ourselves. More


The arts industry response to the disestablishment of the ABS National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics continues to build.

At yesterday’s presentation on the new Australia Council strategic plan and grants program, CEO Tony Grybowsky d...

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Interview with a Poet—David Wood

Rosie Cham August 28

Good poetry, as Houseman says, should make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Just think about all the things in life that do that for you – a lover’s kiss, a child’s laugh. That is poetry. More


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What I’m Reading—Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven August 25

It wouldn’t be the first conversation I had with a stranger while holding this book. Most people have a bird story for you. More


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Episode six of the Meanjin podcast features Fatima Measham on postcode superiority, Julie Chevalier reads a poem passing through and Rachel Buchanan reflects on the end of the newspaper More


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What I'm Reading—Megan McGrath

Megan McGrath August 18

In About Time, Bill Nighy’s character uses his powers of time travel to consume books. This is what I felt like being given all-access to the shelves of my bookstore. More


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What I'm Reading—Emily Stewart

Emily Stewart August 11

‘Friendship’ [Acker] writes, ‘is always a political act, for it unites citizens into a polis.’ ‘Think, for a moment, with how much more energy one does something for a lover or for a close friend than when one acts only in the service of oneself’. Yes. More


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