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Age will not weary him

by Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen on age and desire in the work of James Salter.

I am very fond of listening to The New Yorker fiction podcast. The monthly audio recording features a writer reading another writer’s short story, and then discussing it with the magazine’s fiction editor. When I first discovered the podcast, I was treated to one such reading.

It seemed simple and straightforward: a terminally ill wo…

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Anna Goldsworthy chats with Emily Maguire

by Emily Maguire

Anna Goldsworthy talks to Emily Maguire about life as a first-time mother, the awes and anxieties of early love, and memoir without a capital M.

When pianist and writer Anna Goldsworthy canvassed the idea of writing a book about first-time motherhood, she found most of the people she spoke to ‘weren’t exactly keen … There’s an anxiety that writing about motherhood is going to be boasting a…

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The Story of My Book: Song For A Scarlet Runner

by Julie Hunt

Tasmanian author Julie Hunt builds a vivid world and treats us to a brave and believable female hero in her fantastic adventure story. Here she tells us where those ideas came from.

Song for a Scarlet Runner is my first novel. Folk tales were a source of inspiration and the main character is a storyteller. I once went to a storytelling workshop and heard how it is important to ‘close’ sto…

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Round-Up of April New Releases

by Martin Shaw

Do you know that feeling when one of your colleagues turns out to be a bit of a dark horse? I well remember getting a copy of Best Australian Stories one year and finding that our very own Readings Monthly editor at the time, Jo Case, had a story in it. I had no idea then that she even wrote fiction. Then strike me down when, about a year ago, I discovered that she was writing a memoir. Was behin…

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Mark’s Say

by Mark Rubbo

As one of the guests at a special preview of the new Brunetti in Lygon Street remarked, Rome has come to Melbourne. The new Brunetti is an over-the-top delight of marble, terrazzo, wood, cakes and coffee. Designer Joseph Angeli’s idea was to create a long space simulating a village street with different zones featuring different kinds of food. Eventually the space will extend to Drummond Street. …

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The Children’s Book Festival, Melbourne, 2013

by Emily Gale

Family Day at the Melbourne Children’s Book Festival does nothing less than restore Emily Gale’s faith in humanity. Or at least her faith in children’s book publishing. Here’s why.

At last year’s Children’s Book festival at the SLV I was one of the crowd, along with my partner and our two children. The kids did dragon-drawing workshops, raided the CBCA tent for old posters and bookmarks, …

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You’re Invited to a Fairy and Elf Party

by Angela Crocombe

Angela Crocombe introduces a gorgeous children’s event.

Who? Kids aged 2-7. When? Saturday, April 13th, 11am – 11.45am. Where? Readings St Kilda, 112 Acland St, St Kilda.

Dress up and come along to meet the Queen of the Fairies, author Shirley Barber, at a very special fairy and elf party. Shirley will be reading from her stories, showing us drawings, and talking about the world of the f…

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Roadtesting Broccoli Pesto

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon shares a delicious antidote to an overly-decadent weekend.

It’s been a time of indulgence. I’ve eaten Easter buns, chips, bad chocolate and good chocolate and I’ve drunk wine & G&Ts and most importantly, have enjoyed a super fun holiday. But now it’s time to look after myself.

I pick up of the gorgeous cookbook, The Green Kitchen and flick through the pages looking for something th…

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Roadtesting Margaret Fulton’s Hot Buns

by Chris Gordon

In the lead-up to Easter, our resident foodie Chris Gordon has been experimenting with recipes. Here, she shares some hot tips for hot buns.

Easter is here and I am gobsmacked by the cost of Easter buns for sale. Really $18 for 6 buns just seems excessive and so with my trusty food encyclopaedia at hand - Margaret Fulton’s Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery - I decided to go for the feel-good fact…

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School Holiday Survival Kit

by Emily Gale

To avoid the continuous loop of telling your children to turn something off this school holidays, here’s a selection of books to inject moments of quiet-time into the glorious chaos.

Activity Books:

***Doodle With Maisy* by Lucy Cousins**

A gorgeous, bright doodle book containing plenty of prompts - draw the food on Maisy’s plate, or the passengers on the bus - that’s great fun to do a…

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