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Bethanie Blanchard

Writer, critic and Liticism blogger

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A twisty, cosmic tale crowns the youngest-ever Booker winner

A twisty, cosmic tale crowns the youngest-ever Booker winner

Bethanie BlanchardOct 16, 2013

Eleanor Catton is the youngest person ever to win the Man Booker Prize, and for the longest book. And yet the New Zealander's 832-page epic tome is still compulsively readable.

Young NZ author wins spot on Man Booker shortlist

Young NZ author wins spot on Man Booker shortlist

Bethanie BlanchardSep 11, 2013

The shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize is out -- and a 28-year-old author from New Zealand could be the youngest ever winner of the prestigious literary gong.

Death by committee -- the culture of timidity in political speechwriting

Death by committee -- the culture of timidity in political speechwriting

Bethanie BlanchardSep 9, 2013

Former Rudd government speech writer Martin McKenzie-Murray says politicians and their advisers need to trust their speech writers to win hearts and minds.

Tom Switzer on political ventriloquism and the pace of speechwriting

Tom Switzer on political ventriloquism and the pace of speechwriting

Bethanie BlanchardSep 5, 20133 Comments

Tony Abbott is good off-the-cuff but his stump speeches are dispiriting, according to former Liberal Party adviser Tom Switzer. He talks to Crikey about the art of political speechwriting.

James Button on the death of the campaign speech

James Button on the death of the campaign speech

Bethanie BlanchardSep 4, 20132 Comments

As the election campaign winds up, former political speechwriter James Button speaks to Crikey on the death of the campaign speech, the dangers of language, and why politicians steer clear of poetry.

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