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Classical Musicians Visiting in 2013

by Kate Rockstrom

The year has well and truly started back with the usual grind and it’s about this time that we start seeing if there’s anything to look forward to in the year. We’re always really lucky in Melbourne to get a lot of visitors from overseas; some of the best performers currently in the world land on our doorstep on a regular basis.

(Meanwhile, as we wait for them to arrive their extensive recording…

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Round-up of February Children’s and YA Books

by Emily Gale

Self-identity stands out as a theme this month, expressed through humour or tense drama, with books set in the past, present and future.

The Ampersand Project from publisher Hardie Grant Egmont aims to sign up debut fiction in a contemporary vein from Australian authors. Life in Outer Space by Melbourne writer Melissa Keil was the winning submission out of several hundred last year. YA fan…

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Q&A with Ben Schrank, author of Love is a Canoe

Tell us about writing Love is a Canoe - where did the idea start for you?

I was interested in a girl who takes a canoe ride with her grandfather. I had that terribly sylvan image in my head and I couldn’t get rid of it. Then I wanted them to talk about something that would interest me and so I figured out a way for them to talk about marriage. As I built the novel, I found that I had to turn the…

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Readings Tour to the Jaipur Literature Festival

by Chris Gordon

In January a group of book lovers journeyed to India as part of a Readings tour for the Jaipur Literary Festival. Here, Chris Gordon, gives us a brief glimpse of their adventure.

While the Jaipur Literature Festival was our raison d'être, India was such a long way to travel to that the 12 of us on tour also managed to fit in substantial sightseeing… And so there we were, strangers one minute a…

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Q&A with Karen Foxlee, author of The Midnight Dress

by Bronte Coates

The Midnight Dress fits within the tradition of the Australian rural gothic novel such as Rosalie Ham’s The Dressmaker and Chris Womersley’s Bereft. What do you think it is about these types of stories that attract so many writers and readers in Australia?

I very attracted to suspense and mystery and also like a bit of gloom thrown in for good measure so I’m guessing readers and writers are attr…

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The Story of My Book: Sally Rippin on Our Australian Girl, Meet Lina

by Sally Rippin

There is an imaginary laneway off Rathdowne Street, probably not far from the Readings Carlton store, where, fifty-seven years ago, Lina Gattuso would have played cricket with her brothers. When it began to get dark, the four of them would have stashed the old plank of wood they used as a cricket bat behind the dented garbage bin they used as stumps. Their precious ball, a faded red six-stitcher,…

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Q&A with Jill Stark, author of High Sobriety

by Bronte Coates

In High Sobriety you describe a year without alcohol. Were there any stories that didn’t make it into the book?

There wasn’t much that took place during the year of sobriety that I didn’t document, to be honest. But there were some drinking stories from my past that I chose to hold back, partly for my own sense of self-preservation, but also to protect my friends.

My wild ways didn’t occur in …

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Mark’s Say: The School of Life & The Readings Foundation

by Mark Rubbo

Some of you may have heard of The School of Life. It was started by philosopher Alain de Botton in London in 2008 and runs classes free from dogma, where participants are ‘directed towards a variety of ideas – from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – that tickle, exercise and expand your mind’, and where participants can ‘meet other curious, sociable and open-minded people i…

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The Story of My Book: The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

Good writing, they say, is re-writing. I re-wrote The Rosie Project, beginning to end, at least seventy times.

It began as a screenplay. In 2007, I enrolled in the professional screenwriting program at RMIT, a radical change in life direction prompted by a one-off experiment with filmmaking a few years earlier. The resulting ‘no budget’ feature film was for family and friends’ eyes only, but ki…

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Sushi Das interviews Lesley Jørgensen, author of Cat & Fiddle

by Sushi Das

In 2011, Lesley Jørgensen won the CAL Scribe Fiction Prize for her debut, Cat & Fiddle, a multicultural, multigenerational portrait of marriage and culture clash in modern-day Britain. Here, she talks to Sushi Das about love, belonging and her own marriage into an Anglo-Bangladeshi family in England.

‘In Christian text, the focus on sexuality is battening it down. It’s really only acceptable i…

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