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Preparing the exhibition: Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage

by Anaïs Lellouche

Anaïs Lellouche is the curator of the world-first exhibition, Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage, now showing at the State Library of Victoria until Thursday 9 November. Here she talks on what it was like to prepare for the exhibition.

This exhibition began with a research trip to Paris, London and to Hugo’s incredible museum, Hauteville house in Guernsey. Well, my co-curator Tim…

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Q&A with Nadia Dalbuono

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime specialist Fiona Hardy talks with Nadia Dalbuono about her writing process, Italy and her debut crime novel.

You’ve spent the past fifteen years travelling the world as a documentarian for various companies in the UK. Were you scribbling story ideas in your downtime while on location, or has writing fiction been a recent creative pursuit for you?

I wasn’t exactly scribbling ideas bu…

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Event Highlights in October

by Chris Gordon

Events Manager Chris Gordon shares some highlights from our October program of events.

Roll up roll up… Our October events program is full to the brim with goodness. We are covering all the bases this month…

Do you have a passion for dance?

In anticipation of Sea of Rhythm – a brand new festival of rhythm, music and dance set over three days in November – we’re hosting a Q&A with festival pe

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What we’re reading: Patricia Highsmith, Terrence Holt and David Shrigley

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Chris is reading the Tom Ripley novels by Patricia Highsmith

I’ve never been part of a book club as I often don’t finish the novels I start and most book clubs seem to have this as a requisite for attendance. (Even though I’m more than happy t…

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10 brilliant new picture books

by Emily Gale

Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. - Anthony Browne We couldn’t agree more. And although Readings' already has a list of collective favourites (see our 30 Essential Picture Books here) it’s always cause for celebration when some new notable picture books catch our eye. Here are 10 recent picture books we’d love to recommend to you, each one …

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Children & young adult books highlights for September

A note before I begin… This month a sudden influx of brilliant, varied picture books meant that I felt compelled to write a separate blog post about them. If you’re a picture book lover, whatever age, you can find my write-up here.

Moving along now into books for independent readers… I’ve seen how incredibly loyal children are once a book captures their imagination, which explains the phenomenal…

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Q&A with Geraldine Doogue

Bronte Coates talks with journalist and television presenter Geraldine Doogue about her new book featuring conversations with Australian women in power.

In The Climb, you explore how women are represented at the top levels of power in Australia. What prompted you to approach this topic?

I was very angry around the time of Julia Gillard’s demise at some of the references to her – especially fr…

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NAW Reading Challenge: The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

To celebrate our our inaugural New Australian Writing (NAW) Award shortlist, we’re running a NAW Reading Challenge! This is week one of the challenge and participants have read The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane. Here are their responses to the novel (Ed. note: may contain spoilers!). Jill says:

As my grandmother grew older, she became increasingly convinced that someone was breaking into he…

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The Story of My Book: Vulpes

by Chris Rodgers

Vulpes first came to me while running, when my playlist rolled onto The Futureheads' cover of Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds of Love’. The idea was almost fully-formed before I made it home, which wasn’t long – I was never committed to running anyway. The fox in the song is passive, dying, but I have a tendency to think in a contradictory manner; antonyms come to mind before synonyms, and I began to imagine…

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