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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

This month the teens gave feedback on the 2018 Readings Young Adult Book Prize shortlist and discussed each of the titles on the list, including elements such as the characterisation, plot, writing style and even covers of each book. Earlier in the year they had been lucky enough to meet one of the shortlisted authors, Clare Atkins, and receive a copy of her book.

We also had a visit this month …

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The ASRC are releasing bilingual versions of My Two Blankets

by Gabrielle Williams

In 2018, The Readings Foundation is supporting the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in publishing three bilingual editions of the award-winning My Two Blankets picture book. Our Grants Officer Gabrielle Williams shares some insight into this exciting project and the other work done by this amazing organisation.

When I think of asylum seekers in Melbourne, I don’t think of cumin and turmeric and c…

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The Readings Young Adult Book Prize shortlist 2018

We couldn’t be more excited to reveal the shortlist for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize. This is the second year of the Prize, which celebrates the best new writers in Australian Young Adult literature, and considers first and second YA books.

The six shortlisted novels are:

Untidy Towns by Kate O’Donnell Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough This Mortal

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A reading list for Emerging Writers’ Festival 2018

Emerging Writers' Festival (EWF) is just around the corner (19-29 June). Here are 10 books to read in preparation. Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau

This is an unpredictable and innovative debut novel from a provocative new voice in Australian fiction. Embracing the noir tradition and featuring a prose style quite unlike any before, with references that will go both over yo…

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Announcing the Readings Residency Award 2018

The Melbourne Prize Trust has revealed a new opportunity for early-career authors – the Readings Residency Award.

The Readings Residency Award is open to early-career published authors based in Victoria. The winner will receive $5,000 cash, a residency at the Norma Redpath Studio in Carlton and a $2,500 travel voucher from Qantas. The residency will enable the recipient to immerse themselves in …

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The Golden Man Booker Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the Golden Man Booker Prize has been revealed. This special one-off award for Man Booker Prize’s 50th anniversary celebrations will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize.

The five books on the shortlist include…

In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul

Represents the 1970s / Selected by Robert McCrum

In a Free State tells first of an Indian servan…

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What we’re reading: Tayari Jones, Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Ellen Cregan is reading The Book Ninja by Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus

This week I’ve been reading a debut Australian novel from co-authors, Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus. Berg and Kalus are the founders of the Books on the Rail project, which aims to get commuters…

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Picture books that celebrate naughty behaviour

by Bronte Coates

Be warned! These fun, charming, hilarious picture books may inadvertently encourage naughty behaviour… Errol! by Zanni Louise & Philip Bunting

Meet Errol, a stubborn red-beanie-wearing penguin. When Errol’s mum calls for him to follow her, he doesn’t listen. Instead, he goes and gets himself covered in the falling snow. While his distraught mum is left behind with a lone red beanie to despa…

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