October 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.
September 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.
September 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.
September 5, 2013 3 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.
September 4, 2013 2 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.