June 24, 2016
Australian authors Jackie French and Mem Fox respond to yesterday's article on parallel import restrictions on books.
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.
May 27, 2014 42
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.
May 22, 2014 1
Beware trigger warnings, the lamest right-wing beat-up of our time. Plus other media tidbits.
April 30, 2014 2
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.
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.
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.
August 23, 2013 18
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?
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.