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‘YA-bashing’: sexism meets elitism

Another month, another critic who doesn’t read YA literature but still feels superior enough to dictate to those who do. And with this latest instalment of ‘YA bashing’ comes critique of the critics – as many start pointing to a patriarchal undercurrent that runs beneath such articles that claim young adult and children’s fiction is unworthy. Read more »

The pseudonymous critic

Last Saturday saw the debut of the aptly named The Saturday Paper, a new publication from Schwartz Publishing (the same folks who bring us the Monthly and Quarterly Essay). With an emphasis on long-form journalism, the first serious print newspaper to be Read more »

What are writers worth?

How much does a writer get paid? It’s no secret that the most avid readers of freelance literary writing are writers themselves. And so I’m sure many of you have found yourself reading a story in Granta or a poem in Overland and wondering ‘What is that … Read more »