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Ceridwen Dovey interviews Ellen van Neerven

by Ceridwen Dovey

It’s a really interesting thing, isn’t it? To write a book and feel so different about it all the time, and not know some of the answers to the questions,’ 23-year-old debut author Ellen van Neerven confides early in our conversation. She is shy but candid over the phone, often surprising me by asking to hear my own thoughts in return, which makes it as much a pleasure to speak to van Neerven abo…

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Celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day at Readings

Come celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day with us! Buy a book and you’ll help raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to raise literacy levels and improve the opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. The foundation does this through a free book supply program that goes to over 200 organisations and communities…

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The Way We Work: Dave Hartley and Scott Prince

Drawing on their indigenous heritage, a rugby league star and a deputy principal have teamed up to write a children’s book series, Deadly D & Justice Jones. Dave Hartley tells us how it all came about.

Scott and I knew we had a story that would connect with young readers but we were becoming increasingly disheartened that we’d never find the right publisher. Fortunately, it’s not in our natures …

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Lorelei Vashti on deliberate lies in Dress, Memory

by Lorelei Vashti

George Bernard Shaw said ‘All autobiographies are lies. I do not mean unconscious, unintentional lies: I mean deliberate lies.’ It sounds pretty harsh, but part of that quote appears as a disclaimer at the start of my book Dress, Memory because I really struggled to get my head around what is ‘truth’ and ‘lies’ while writing my memoir. I have learned that any time you attempt to craft a narrative…

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Q&A with Simon Rickard

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon interviews Simon Rickard about his gorgeous new gardening book.

Simon, firstly a huge congratulations from one novice gardener to you, an experienced gardener for your beautiful and accessible book on veggies. Have growing veggies always been a passion for you? Why?

One of my earliest memories is of my father coming home from work and carrying me around his veggie garden, giving …

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Samuel Rutter on Michel Houllebecq as himself

by Samuel Rutter

The appearance of writers on the silver screen is nothing new – think of William S Burroughs in Drugstore Cowboy or Maya Angelou who both wrote Janet Jackson’s poetic lines and played a minor character in John Singleton’s 1993 ‘hit’ Poetic Justice. At best these writers appear as a more or less romanticised version of themselves, with a few zinging one-liners, and at worst they have a non-speakin…

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The Readings Foundation Grants 2015 now open

Applications for the Readings Foundation Grants 2015 are now open!

The Readings Foundation was established in 2009 to support Victorian individuals and organisations that wish to further the development of literacy, community work and the arts. Grant applications for 2015 close Friday 31 October, 2014.

You can download the application form here. (Please note, this is a pdf download.)

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Ask Agatha: early Man Booker predictions and reading fan-fiction

The latest installment of our book advice column where you can ask our wise bookseller Agatha all your tricky (book-related) questions. Based on the longlist, which book do you predict will win the Man Booker Prize this year?

I haven’t read everything on the longlist as yet but I’d argue that Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World is well-placed to win – it’s a superbly intricate novel set in the …

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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.

Amy is reading All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

I stumbled upon a blurb and review for this novel online yesterday. The review said the novel, ‘reads as if it has been wrenched from [the author’s] heart’. There was something about the synop…

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