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Don’t mess with possum magic

Crikey June 24, 2016

Australian authors Jackie French and Mem Fox respond to yesterday's article on parallel import restrictions on books.

Don’t ask, don’t tell: my year of non-disclosure agreements

Don’t ask, don’t tell: my year of non-disclosure agreements

Crikey May 5, 2015

After a string of literary rejections, Murray Middleton wins one of Australia's most prestigious literary awards -- and isn't allowed to tell anybody about it.

Misogyny not to blame for Santa Barbara massacre

Misogyny not to blame for Santa Barbara massacre

Helen Razer May 27, 2014 42 Comments

We love the narrative that blames a current cultural ill (loose morals, video games, a controversial book, misogyny) for random acts of inexplicable horror. But this narrative is completely wrong.

Media briefs: trigger beat-up … online news … police apology …

Media briefs: trigger beat-up … online news … police apology …

Crikey May 22, 2014 1 Comment

Beware trigger warnings, the lamest right-wing beat-up of our time. Plus other media tidbits.

Eureka! Literary ladies celebrate a Stella year for book lovers

Eureka! Literary ladies celebrate a Stella year for book lovers

Margot Saville April 30, 2014 2 Comments

Historian Clare Wright has won the Stella prize for literature for her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, and a literary who's who were out in force at last night's awards ceremony.

Margaret Drabble on disability, prolepsis — and pesky editors

Margaret Drabble on disability, prolepsis — and pesky editors

Cathy Alexander February 27, 2014

British author Margaret Drabble is still writing about women, children and careers in the 1960s and 1970s. But as a Melbourne audience found out, her latest book risked not being published at all.

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

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

Bethanie Blanchard 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.

Young NZ author wins spot on Man Booker shortlist

Young NZ author wins spot on Man Booker shortlist

Bethanie Blanchard 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.

Australia loves Boris Johnson, the Tory clown

Australia loves Boris Johnson, the Tory clown

Cathy Alexander August 23, 2013 18 Comments

Tory celebrity Boris Johnson wowed the crowd when he spoke in Melbourne last night, with his blend of old-school Britishness and flattery of Australia. But was there much substance to him?

On time passing, and India changing: writer Anita Desai reflects

On time passing, and India changing: writer Anita Desai reflects

Cathy Alexander May 22, 2013

Thrice nominated for the Booker Prize, writer Anita Desai reflected on her place in India's rapidly changing literary canon in a speech in Melbourne last night.