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Our top picks for MIFF 2018

Staff share what they’re planning to see at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) this year. You can find the full program here. Marie Matteson recommends queer content, Icelandic films & Frederick Wiseman

Whenever the Miff guide comes out the first thing I do is pore over the pictures looking for signs of queer content. This year I am happy to report that I will be heading off to …

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MIFF 2018 picks for kids & teens

While most films at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) are strictly 18+, their Kids Gala and MIFF Schools program stream present an array of high quality, diverse film for under 15s. Here is what’s on offer for kids and teens in 2018. SUITABLE FOR 3+ MIFF 2018 Kids Gala: The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

France | English

Beautifully hand-drawn by animator and co-director Patri…

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MIFF 2018 picks for booklovers

Every year, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) program features some great films inspired by literature. Here are some of our favourite books (and one short story) that will be shown on the big screen this year. Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin

Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete. When he learns Pete is bound …

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Engaging poetry for kids & teens

by Leanne Hall

It’s easy to think that poetry will either inspire love or hate, but there are plenty of different ways to get kids and teens reading it. The recent popularity of Instapoets has brought poetry into the spotlight for a new generation, so now is a great time to keep the language flowing. POETRY BOOKS FOR KIDS I See The Moon by Rosalind Beardshaw

Share traditional bedtime rhymes and lullabies…

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10 reads for book clubs in July

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside, there is San Francisco; also the Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living; and her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of her estranged mother. Inside is a new reality. Romy sees the future stretch out…

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A spotlight on Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

Small Spaces is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

A lot of people have a fear of small spaces. Elevators, photo booths, changing rooms in clothing stores. Hedge mazes, enclosed water slides, narrow staircases, walk-in wardrobes. I mean, I get it – I avoid those things too. I can’t even lie in a bathtub without thrashing like a netted salmon. But

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The National Biography Award shortlist 2018

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced this year’s shortlist for the $25,000 National Biography Award.

This Award is presented annually to a published work of biographical or autobiographical writing aiming to promote public interest in these genres.

The shortlisted titles for 2018 include:

The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton Writing for Raksmey: A Story of Cambodia b…

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Michael Ondaatje wins the Golden Man Booker Prize

Michael Ondaatje has been named the winner of the Golden Man Booker Prize for his novel, The English Patient.

The special one-off award celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize, and is awarded to the ‘best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize’. A shortlist of five novels was selected by a panel of five judges, each one representing a decade of the prize, and the…

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