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Authors share their favourite fictional visions of Australia

After Australia is a vital anthology that presents 12 visions of Australia’s future from 12 exciting First Nations writers and writers of colour. We asked some of the book’s contributors to share their picks for Australian spec fic readers, and also reflect on their own favourites fictional visions of Australia. What are some of the most memorable visions of Australia you’ve discovered in fict…

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Grandmothers' Law Should Never Be Broken

by Ali Cobby Eckermann

This is an edited extract from Ali Cobby Eckermann’s essay of the same title in Grandmothers: Essays by 21st-Century Grandmothers edited by Helen Elliott.

In the night someone strung a line of crow carcasses across the fence outside her house. She discovers them as she leaves the house for work. Her breath catches in her chest and she cannot breathe. Jesus! she mutters, half in anger and half

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Readings staff share their MIFF 2019 top picks

This year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) program is jam-packed. Stuck on what to see? Our staff share their most-anticipated films below. Pro tip: It looks like lots of people are keen to see Jim Jarmusch’s new flick, so book it while tickets last! Joanna Di Mattia recommends foreign films and a healthy dose of romance

I’ve been a regular at MIFF for over 20 years and sitting …

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Q&A with Clare Strahan

Clare Strahan is one of six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her coming-of-age novel, The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge. In this interview, she shares details of her writing process and the origins of her funny, warm novel about love, sex, friendship, family, and finding your voice. Congratulations on writing this amazing YA novel! Can you tell us a b…

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Dear Reader, May 2019

by Alison Huber

One of the perennial delights of working with new books is that there are always more new books (though it’s also a constant anxiety, since there are far too many to read, even in a thousand lifetimes), and we’re always furnished with advance copies well ahead of their release to the general public. As a consequence, I’m often reading something that won’t be available for several months when I wr…

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On the magic of a Hot Desk Fellowship

by Jem Tyley-Miller

Supported by The Readings Foundation, the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships offer emerging writers the opportunity to pursue their writing at a dedicated desk at the Wheeler Centre for ten weeks, supported by a $1,000 stipend for each writer. Following the announcement of this year’s successful participants, 2018 recipient Jem Tyley-Miller reflects on what she gained from her experience last y…

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Q&A with Readings Children’s Book Prize winner Carly Nugent

We sat down with the Carly Nugent – author of the 2019 Readings Children’s Book Prize winner The Peacock Detectives – to talk about what makes a good mystery, what inspired her book and what she’s been reading.

Congratulations on winning the Readings Children’s Book Prize! Can you tell us a bit about why you wanted to write this story? Has the book been with you for a while?

Thank you! It’s s…

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Read an extract from Raising Readers by Megan Daley

by Megan Daley

Award-winning teacher librarian Megan Daley’s Raising Readers: How to Nurture a Child’s Love of Books is an essential guide for any parent or educator who wants to help the children in their lives fall in love with books. You can read an edited extract from the book below. CHAPTER TWO: READING AND SCHOOL – WHEN IT ALL COMES TOGETHER The mechanics of reading – where to begin?

If I have not…

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Read an extract from Growing Up African in Australia

by Sara El Sayed

Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, Growing Up African in Australia is a compelling and evocative new anthology that brings together the diverse personal stories of more than 30 Australians of the African diaspora. ‘African Mama’ by Sara El Sayed is one such memorable story.

‘We always want what we don’t h…

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Read an extract from The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

by Sigrid Nunez

American author Sigrid Nunez’s The Friend is a moving meditation on friendship, loss, literature and memory, which revolves around the magical bond that develops between a grieving writer and her Great Dane. The book won the 2018 National Book Award for fiction, and is now available in a paperback format. This is an edited extract from the book.

During the 1980s, in California, a large number…

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