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Public and private: On writing zines

When I told my family I’d be moving back to central Queensland, they were equal parts thrilled and concerned. I’d accepted a job with Australia’s biggest commercial radio network, delivering news bulletins over a broadcast area spanning 1600 square kilometres. Having such a public job meant that … Read more »

Empowering women in developing communities: On Open Field

When I was young, I lived in a house at the top of a hill on a dead-end street. Our suburb was barely serviced by buses and had no train station. We never locked our front door, and the back door was always left ajar so the … Read more »

The Meanjin Tournament of Books and shared reading experiences

One of the reasons I set out to read along with the Meanjin Tournament of Books was because I’m interested in the idea of shared reading experiences. ‘Social reading’ is a phrase that we are starting to hear more of, and there has been an increase in … Read more »

The Meanjin Literary Smackdown

The Meanjin Tournament of Books is a literary stoush that seeks to name the Great Australian Novel. With sixteen book titles, the round robin-style competition has four judges pitting book against book until the winning title emerges. It’s the Australian Grand Slam of book competitions, if you will. … Read more »

A paler world: book culture in a jiffy bag?

One of the most depressing days of my bookselling career came in late December of 2010, deep in the Christmas gift trade. It wasn’t that sales were lousy or the weather was extreme or any of the other typical retailer gripes during silly season. No, it was … Read more »

The Unspeakable

I was recently witness to a whispered confession forced out after a bottle of wine. A girlfriend of many years’ standing, writhing as if in pain and almost gagging, said ‘I shouldn’t have had them’. Them being her children. ‘If I could go back, I wouldn’t do … Read more »

Is there a doctor in the house?: Zoë Sadokierski

Welcome to our first ‘Is there a doctor in the house?’ profile – a badly named but admiring look at the fascinating work of literary PhDs. A little while ago, I came across Zoë Sadokierski’s PhD research blog. I was immediately intrigued by her posts, which deal … Read more »

The Evanescence of Print

In November of 2009 I interviewed Sophie Cunningham for my blog (part one here, part two here), as I was interested both in her on-hold career as a novelist and the changes she had made since taking over the editorship at Meanjin. With her recent announcement that … Read more »

Why Australia Doesn’t Need The Reader

One of my favourite pieces in Volume 2 of The Reader is ‘Why Australia Doesn’t Need Another Literary Journal’ by Torpedo editor Chris Flynn. From the title, you can guess the subject matter: if you’re thinking of starting a journal, magazine, anthology or collection, don’t. It’s compelling … Read more »