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Our top picks for kids & teens at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019

The program for the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) 2019 has been revealed, and there’s plenty of fabulous events for kids and teens. Browsing the amazing Family Day and YA Day programs is a great place to start, but here are our top recommendations for enjoying MWF with young people. FOR KIDS Maxine Beneba Clarke: Fashionista

Maxine Beneba Clarke’s latest picture book, Fashionista, enco…

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Our top picks for Melbourne Writers Festival 2019

Staff share their top picks from this year’s Melbourne Writers (MWF) Festival program. We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the international guests we’re really excited to see here, and you can browse the full 2019 program here. Ellen Cregan recommends…

Kim Gordon in Conversation

Like any die-hard fan of new wave and grunge, I am a lover of Kim Gordon. I definitely want to make it to her session…

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What We’re Reading: Sedgwick, Ziffer, Campbell and Morris

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 Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black by Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick and Alexis Deacon

I’m squeezing in Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black, an illustrated novel for teenagers by brothers Marcus and Julian Sedgwic…

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Q&A with Eleni Hale

Eleni Hale is one of the six authors shortlisted for 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her powerful story of survival and hope, Stone Girl. In this interview, she talks about the inspiration behind the book, find the voice of her amazing main character Sophie, and balancing light and dark in a novel for young adults. Congratulations on being shortlisted for the Readings YA Book Prize! …

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10 international guests to see at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019

It’s not long now until the annual Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) – the theme of which is ‘When We Talk About Love’. Here are 10 international guests that we are particularly excited to see at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. You can find the full program for the 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival here.

Ben Folds

American singer-songwriter Ben Folds is widely recognised as one of th…

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Readings Recommends at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019

This year at the Melbourne Writers Festival, you can see some of Readings' very own staff members share their knowledge, experiences and prowess in a range of fascinating ‘Readings Recommends’ events. All the Readings Recommends events will be held at the State Library of Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room, and all tickets are free. Prize for New Australian Fiction

The Readings Prize for New Aus

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Indigenous words & languages in children’s books for NAIDOC Week

by Leanne Hall

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2019 is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth’ – the three key elements set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. In honour of this, and also of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, we recommend six children’s books that contain Indigenous words and languages, and give voice to the rich lore, culture and knowledge of our First Nations Australians.


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A MIFF 2019 reading list

Every year, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) program features some great films inspired by literature. Here are some of our favourite books that will be shown on the big screen this year, and some thrilling readalikes to keep you going. Check out the full MIFF 2019 program here. Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth (Available 18 July)

Laura and Tyler are either side of thirty and …

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Put your dancing shoes on with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra

by Chris Gordon

On Sunday 14 July, Readings is hosting the explosive, lively Melbourne Ska Orchestra for a live performance at Readings Carlton. I met with Nicky Bomba, the director of Melbourne Ska Orchestra, to talk about how his entire multi-piece orchestra was going to navigate the Readings Carlton bookshop.

‘We could have the brass section popping out of philosophy,’ he said, ‘And the drummer emerging fro…

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