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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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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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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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MIFF 2013 Films with a Literary Flavour

by Hayley Inch

MIFF Membership Coordinator, Hayley Inch takes a look at upcoming MIFF films inspired by, or drawn from, literature.

The First Glance for the Melbourne International Film Festival was released on May 28, featuring thirty films that will appear in the upcoming July festival. Books and films have a rather linear relationship, with the former often acting as the inspiration for the latter, so to …

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June Highlights from the Commonwealth to New YA

by Martin Shaw

Late last year, I was very honoured to be invited to join the judging panel for the Commonwealth Book Prize, an annual award for a best first novel from member countries. We were asked to choose winners from the five Commonwealth regions, and from those five to also elect an overall winner. So it was that in early January we began to whittle down an 80-odd longlist, which by late April became a s…

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Fiona Wood chats to Simmone Howell

by Simmone Howell

Fiona Wood won readers over with her debut novel, Six Impossible Things, which was also shortlisted for the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Wildlife, a loose follow-up, tackles teenagehood, contraband, sex, survival and moving on in the theatre of the great outdoors. Here, she talks to Simmone Howell.

Fiona Wood’s much-loved debut, Six Impossible Things, was a funny and forensic look at…

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When Libba Met Fiona

by Emily Gale

U.S. YA met Australian YA today at the Carlton store ahead of the three-day Reading Matters conference organised by the State Library of Victoria.

Fresh from the Sydney Writers' Festival, bestselling US author Libba Bray popped in for a visit today. As well as signing copies of her latest YA novel, The Diviners (plus Going Bovine, Beauty Queens and her Gemma Doyle trilogy), it was a chan…

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Emerge. Emerging. Emerged.

by Cecilia Condon

With the Emerging Writers’ Festival in full swing, Cecilia Condon looks at the cultural tags behind what it means to be an ‘emerging’ writer, from the hard slog to the stifling concept of ‘artistic genius’.

What does an emerging writer look like?

If writing was more like constructing a bookshelf from IKEA, and less like following shadows in the dark, I’d be able to give you a straight ans…

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Entries Open for the Melbourne Prize for Music 2013

The annual Melbourne Prize runs on a three-year awards cycle, alternating between books, music and urban sculpture and this year sees the focus return once again to music.

The Prize supports Victoria’s vibrant local music sector, providing opportunities for Victorian musicians across all genres, including performers and composers and is divided into three categories.

These include the $60,000…

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