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What we’re reading: Rippin, Thompson and Lippincott

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. Tye Cattanach is reading Big Dog, Little Dog by Sally Rippin and illustrated by Lucinda Gifford.

Friends, can I tell you, there was no one more ecstatic that I to learn that Melbourne’s favourite children’s author was working on a picture boo…

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2021 Age Book of the Year winner

The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott has been announced as winner of the Age Book of the Year 2021. The Age Book of the Year is awarded in partnership with the Melbourne Writers Festival and recognises outstanding works of local fiction and winner Robbie Arnott will receive a prize of $10,000 thanks the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

The Rain Heron tells the story of Ren, who lives alone on the …

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Vale, Jill Murphy

by Angela Crocombe

I was saddened to hear of the death of British author and illustrator Jill Murphy earlier this month. She had a long, illustrious career and is probably best known for her Worst Witch series, written and illustrated when she was only a teenager and recently made into a fantastic Netflix series.

She also wrote a very popular series of books about the large Bear family, whose lives seem endlessly…

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Extract from Dear Son

For each copy of Dear Son purchased online or from our shops during September, Readings will donate $3 directly to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. In this heartfelt new anthology, 12 First Nations men each write a letter to their son, father or nephew, bringing together a range of perspectives on life, culture and First Nations masculinity. Below is a shortened extract from editor Thomas Ma…

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Five new books to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day

by Angela Crocombe

1 September is Indigenous Literacy Day; a day where we celebrate the culture, stories and language of our First Nations peoples.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) strives to reduce the literacy gap and get books in the hands of young people in remote communities. They also have a fantastic publishing program, showcasing young First Nations artists and writers, who often work with establ…

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Reflecting on coming-of-age stories during the pandemic

by David Dodson

Teen Advisory Board member David Dodson has been reflecting on coming-of-age stories and how they relate to the world young adults are facing right now.

More than 18 months since the start of the fiery, plague-ridden, nightmare-scape otherwise known as the global pandemic, I think we can all agree that the last few years have been pretty transformative. It’s been a challenging time for many pe…

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The Readings New Australian Fiction Prize shortlist 2021

by Kate McIntosh

We are delighted to announce the six talented emerging authors shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Readings Doncaster manager and chair of judges, Kate McIntosh, shares the judges’ choices.

Each year, a few honoured staff members from Readings are assigned the task of reading and selecting what they consider to be six of the best new novels or short story col…

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2021 Melbourne Writers Festival begins this week

These MWF21 workshops have gone digital due to Covid-19, so you can now beam in from anywhere around the country to learn your craft from some of Australia’s brightest and boldest writers. These guided sessions cover topics the range from learning to fictionalise your real life experiences to exploring pathways to publishing your first novel.

Below are three workshops that we’re particularly ex…

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