Topic archives: literature

More drama over the PEN anthology

November 3, 2009 2

After nearly 40 years of public support for our literature, dramatic literature is still the poor relation, writes Katherine Brisbane. Are plays really that difficult to enjoy?

Rundle’s Friday Book Review: The Land of Green Plums

October 9, 2009 1

Big Les Murray has been dudded again after the Nobel Prize for Literature went to Romanian-born German language poet Herta Mueller, writes Guy Rundle.

The Booker Prize gets it gloriously, marvellously right

October 8, 2009

Author Hilary Mantel has been awarded the Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall, and rarely has the award gone to someone more deserving, says Neel Mukherjee. It is the most gripping book you’ll ever read.

Philip Pullman: Dan Brown’s new novel is “flat, stunted and ugly”

September 17, 2009

Author Philip Pullman has laid into fellow writer Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol, labelling the characters "flat and two-dimensional" and the prose "stunted and ugly". Ouch.

If Sci-fi is a genre, then so is Literature

If Sci-fi is a genre, then so is Literature

September 8, 2009

While the debate rages over Peter Craven's criticism of Aboriginal writing in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature WH Chong considers a wider question.

Which famous author would you go boozing with?

September 7, 2009

Literary figures are long time lovers of drinking and alcoholism. Would you have been more likely to share a tipple with Oscar Wilde or a rum with Ernest Hemingway? Take the quiz!

A hornet’s nest in the garden at Lit Land

September 7, 2009 4

Simon Hughes defends Peter Craven's controversial critique of The Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature.

The black and white of the Australian literary canon

September 4, 2009 5

Peter Craven’s highly theatrical review of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature in the September issue of Australian Book Review is worth picking a fight over, says Sophie Cunningham.

Fashion in fiction: jacket-less books

August 26, 2009

This season, the trendiest books will be baring it all with new "in" thing in book design: forgoing the jacket and printing the art straight on to a hard-back cover. Less is more.

Heathrow Airport’s writer in residence

August 20, 2009

Author Alain de Botton is writing a new book -- from the middle of London's Heathrow Airport. His book, masterminded by the airport's PR department, will document his experiences living in the airport for a week, chatting to travellers, baggage handlers, airline executives and others.