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In defence of professional cheerleading

My name is Rebecca and I’m a 26-year-old woman with a shameful secret, for which I refuse to be ashamed any longer. Today I want to confess my obsession and one true love, the subject of many rants and late-night tweeting frenzies: Cheerleading. American, All-Star Cheerleading. Read more »

A Shining Nightmare: Mortido‘s Sydney

Sydney is a city of shine and reflective surfaces. The glint of the harbour follows through to city high-rises clad in polished glass, bouncing off the wide windows of the mansions hugging the undulating land before it gives way to the impossibly deep and wide water. But this beauty that can betray the darkness of the city and its people. Read more »

Outrageous Fortune: Seeing Hamlet as a Cumberbitch

Jazz swells, hushing the audience, and the solid black gate of the theatre curtain opens. It reveals the lounging figure of Hamlet, playing a record, sniffing his father’s old jumper. But what I see first is not Hamlet: it is Benedict Cumberbatch. Read more »

Existence as Minimalism: Remembering Chantal Akerman

Images of a young woman, emptying her small flat of furniture, blocking the window and sitting in the dark, still. Sitting on a mattress in a bare room, furiously writing letters with a pencil and watching the snow through the window. Meeting with a past lover and reuniting on-screen. I think about Chantal Akerman’s films more often than I can say. Read more »

Rainbow Smoke and Glittering Mirrors: How not to tackle homophobia

There are circumstances where it is true that vehement anti-queer people have been hiding their sexuality, and it’s hard to argue that high-profile cases of religious leaders or anti-equality politicians being discovered having same-sex relationships should not be ripe for public discussion. But this kind of speculation can feel malicious. Read more »

What We’re Reading: Readings staff share their October picks

Looking for a book recommendation? Staff from Readings bookshop share what they’ve been reading this month. Read more »

Great Aspirations: In the shadow of Patrick White

The text of The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is lifted directly from Patrick White’s short story ‘Down at the Dump’. It’s a wonderful thing to hear White’s judicious use of language; to understand the eyes through which he saw Australia; and to see an entire world of his creation brought to life in the theatre. Read more »

Sex, Drugs and the New Yorker: The Kill Your Darlings Podcast goes wild

This month on the podcast we speak to author Sarah Waters (The Paying Guests), Deborah Treisman of The New Yorker Fiction Podcast, writer and journalist Eileen Ormsby (The Silk Road) and listen to Krissy Kneen read an excerpt from The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine. Read more »

The Readings Prize Shortlist Showdown: Sam Twyford-Moore defends Arms Race

At our recent Readings Prize Shortlist Showdown event, six writers gave a speech in defence of the book they believed most deserves to win the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Writer Sam Twyford-Moore spoke in praise of Nic Low’s short story collection Arms Race. Read more »

The Return That Never Arrives: Miles Allinson’s Fever of Animals

Miles Allinson’s debut novel Fever of Animals begins with a conjunction and starts as it means to go on. Its first sentence almost acts as a lede for the novel that follows: the hovering, hesitant tone; the free-floating, singularly transitional state of being away; the return that never arrives. Read more »