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Eight emerging poets to see at EWF 2017

Here at Readings, we’re getting very excited for Emerging Writers' Festival, which opens on Wednesday 14 June. Here are eight emerging poets featured on this year’s program that are sure to impress. Alison Whittaker

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet and law scholar living on Wangal lands. She is the author of the award-winning poetry collection Lemons in the Chicken Wire.

See her at: Nuan

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Tackling social media in teen books

by Gabrielle Williams

Gabrielle Williams is an an acclaimed author of young adult fiction. Her new novel, My Life as a Hashtag, is a funny, heartfelt read about rage, regret and the pitfalls of life in the digital age. We recently asked Williams how she approached social media when writing for teenagers. Here is her response.

When I was at school, my friend’s boyfriend broke up with her via toilet paper. I imagine…

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My five favourite books about writers

by Jo Case

1. Jo March

It’s no coincidence that my name is Jo. Okay, I’m not named after her, but I’ve always identified with Little Women’s tomboyish writer Jo March. The second-oldest of four sisters during the American Civil War, Jo is the driving force of the quartet: she writes plays for them all to act in; she invites the lonely boy in the mansion across the road, Laurie, to be their best friend; a…

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What we’re reading: Ariel Levy, M.R. Carey & Patrick Modiano

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Mike Shuttleworth is reading The Black Notebook by Patrick Modiano (translated by Mark Polizzotti)

Paris is a place that many of us think about – and some of us think about it a lot. But nobody thinks about Paris with the total obsession of Patrick Modiano, th…

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The best new crime reads of the month

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann

Espionage novels are like a long swim in stormy weather – by turns comforting, slightly terrifying, and a thorough workout. It is, of course, absolute heaven to sit there on your couch with a glass of pinot gris and read about agents double-crossing each other and people getting shot all over the place, while wondering if you can tru…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For a book club filled with thespians… House of Names by Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín has thrillingly reimagined Aeschylus’s Oresteia linked trilogy of Greek tragedies for a new audience. Spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling, House of Names tells the story of murderess Clytemnestra – and her children. Our reviewer writes that this novel, ‘reads like a thril…

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The Readings Foundation visits River Nile Learning Centre

by Leanne Hall

The Readings Foundation assists Victorian organisations that support the development of literacy, community integration and the arts. Grants Officer Leanne Hall and Digital Marketing Manager Lian Hingee visited River Nile Learning Centre recently – one of the 11 projects being supported by the Foundation in 2017.

River Nile Learning Centre is a warm, cheerful and welcoming organisation in Nort…

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Picture books about first experiences

by Leanne Hall

The world is full of firsts when you’re a kid. Some of them are exciting, some of them are worrying, and some are downright terrifying. But even mundane daily activities can require a little encouragement before a habit is formed. A good story, a relatable character and a bit of information about the experience can help turn firsts into fun. Here are some of our most entertaining books about tho…

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