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Launch of Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600

Last week we launched a beautiful new book from Margaret M. Manion and Charles Zika - Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Kerry Stokes Collection. Here we share Barry Jones' launch speech.

I was delighted to have been asked to launch this important book, and should explain why I think that the invitation came. First, I am a profound admirer of Margaret Manion. …

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Vale Doris Lessing

Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing has passed away at the age of 94.

Born in Iran and brought up in the African bush in Zimbabwe, Lessing had lived in London for more than 50 years and was the author of more than fifty novels - much-loved for her ‘no-nonsense’ attitude. (You can watch her hilariously underwhelming reaction to becoming the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize at age 88 here.)

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Merlinda Bobis wins the MUBA for 2013

The Small Press Network’s ‘Most Underrated Book Award’ (MUBA) has been awarded to Merlinda Bobis for her novel, Fish-Hair Woman, published through Spinifex Press - a beautifully haunting tale of magic and storytelling which explores the civil and political conflict of the Philippines in the 1970’s to 1990’s.

With her twelve-metre hair, Estrella, the Fish-hair Woman, trawls corpses from the water…

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What We’re Reading

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.

Fiona is reading This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

I’m about halfway through Patchett’s book of essays at the moment, and this reminds me why she’s one of the few authors whose new works I will seek out immediately upon publ…

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The Brow Editors share their favourites stories

We invited the editors of The Lifted Brow to share their favourite pieces from their new anthology, The Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume 1, and as a reward, we got to publish the word dudeburger on our blog. Twice.

Founding and Art Editor Ronnie Scott recommends Everything.

Part of the fun in editing “The-Lifted-Brow-as-magazine” is that we did all kinds of things which could have never been a…

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Mark’s Say: The Age short story award & Max Perkins

by Mark Rubbo

A few months ago I was talking to Jason Steger, the literary editor of the Age. The Age has been, and still is, a great newspaper for the Melbourne community, supporting many worthy initiatives as well as undertaking several of their own. Support for the arts has been particularly strong; from a literary viewpoint, the Age Book of the Year award and the Age Short Story Award have both been very i…

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The Rag and Bone Man Press on Recipes and Refuge

by Keira de Hoog, Chris Nguyen & Kate O'Donnell

Last Thursday night Abraham Nouk, a Sudanese refugee, stood up in front of a crowd of two hundred people, and with the melodic backing of singer Little Foot’s acoustic guitar, announced ‘kindness is a weapon most people are afraid of.’

The room before them silenced. In the centre of the sea of faces, a buffet table was laden with food from across the world. Exclamations over matzo balls, empanad…

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Melbourne Prize for Music 2013 winners announced

Brett Dean received the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music 2013, while Stephen Magnusson was awarded the $30,000 Outstanding Musicians Award 2013 and Kate Kelsey-Sugg the $13,000 Development Award 2013.

The judges wrote:

The diversity of the 2103 finalists is testimony to the abundant music talent and spectrum of genres we have in Victoria. The three recipients inform a diversity and richness of

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Recommendations by Young Adult Authors

by Emily Gale

Which young adult books do your favourite Australian YA authors love?

‘This year I read Nick Lake’s In Darkness, which won the Michael L. Printz Award (for Excellence in Young Adult Literature). It’s an intense, in-your-face book about Haiti, told through the mind of a boy trapped in the rubble of a hospital levelled by the recent earthquake and visited by the spirit of a rebel leader. Nick La…

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