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Classical Music for Winter

by Kate Rockstrom

The weather is closing over and it’s getting darker earlier each day putting me in the mood for blankets, books and tea – and warming music. Here are my favourite picks to help chase away the winter blues.

Orchestral: Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps

It’s been 100 years since there was a near-riot in Paris at the opening of Diaghilev’s ‘Ballets Russes Rite of Spring’. With a groundbreaking…

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Kids & YA June Round-Up

by Emily Gale

With Melbourne’s Reading Matters all wrapped up and some brilliant new Australian releases, the month has been dominated by young adult fiction. Emily Gale gives us her picks with a few added gems for younger readers too.

I’ll start with a rapid round-up of YA conference Reading Matters, which took place over three days at the State Library of Victoria and RMIT. For YA fiction fans (of th…

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The Story Of Our Album: I Wanna Be A Mermaid

by Coco's Lunch

Melbourne vocal & percussion quintet Coco’s Lunch give us a glimpse into the making of their recent children’s album, *I Wanna Be A Mermaid*

Our musical journey began a few years ago when we were approached by the Victorian Arts Centre and asked to be involved in a new festival for children called Chookas. They invited Coco’s Lunch to compose new songs and an interactive show for children…

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Vale Iain Banks

Scottish novelist Iain Banks has died from cancer, triggering tributes from fans across the world.

Banks made his literary debut in 1984 with The Wasp Factory, a shockingly violent exploration of power and abuse that was initially greeted with a mixture of acclaim and controversy. He went on to write 27 more novels including the widely popular The Culture science fiction series.

In his tr

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The Way We Work: Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Fresh from his appearance at Melbourne Reading Matters conference, Garth Nix joins his co-author on the Troubletwisters series, Sean Williams, for a piece on their working relationship.

One of the great things about collaborating is breaking up what can sometimes seem an insurmountable task (i.e. writing a novel) into manageable chunks and then divvying up those chunks so no one person ha…

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A.M. Homes wins the the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction

A.M. Homes is the winner of the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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Homes won for her sixth novel May We Be Forgiven, which Chair of Judges Miranda Richardson described as ‘a dazzling, original, viscerally funny black comedy’ and ‘a subversion of the American dream’.

Other shortlisted novels for 2013 included Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviou

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Shocking TV

Fans of Game of Thrones have been crushed by the events of the latest episode. Here, we take a look at other television shows that shocked us.

Nina Kenwood on Dexter

The last scene of Dexter’s season four finale goes down as one of my most shocking moments in TV history. (Disclaimer: major spoilers ahead!)

Season four of Dexter featured John Lithgow as the very creepy Trinity serial ki…

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Melbourne Academy Classroom Launch in Braybrook

by Robyn Hodges

Robyn Hodge, Trusts and Foundations Coordinator of the Melbourne City Mission, brings us up to date on this wonderful project.

Melbourne City Mission and students of the Melbourne Academy were delighted to welcome Minister for Education, Martin Dixon, to officially launch the new Melbourne Academy classroom in Braybrook on 22 May 2013.

Minister for Education, Martin Dixon, with students fr

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The Kibble and Dobbie Awards 2013 Shortlists

The shortlists for this year’s Kibble Literary Awards have been announced.

The Nita B. Kibble Literary Awards have celebrated Australia’s women writers for 20 years. The awards commemorate the trail-blazing Nita B. Kibble (1879-1962), the first female librarian at the State Library of New South Wales who was employed in 1899 after her signature was mistaken for a man’s when she applied for a jun…

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What I Loved: The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

by Bronte Coates

There’s this story about Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, that I really love. After drawing and writing strips for close to 50 years, uninterrupted except for a five-week break in late 1997 to celebrate his 75th birthday, he was diagnosed with cancer. The illness soon began to affect his ability to see clearly and, as a result, he announced his retirement. Later, in an interview on The

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