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Six of the best poems I’ve read in 2017 (so far)

Here’s a glimpse of some poetry I’ve enjoyed reading in the first six months of 2017. Love, loss, looking, betrayal, Trump, mould … a few lines of each to whet your appetite. I’ll post Part 2 with six more in December, so stay tuned. January … ‘Jealousy’ by Ross Gillett Tell me about that rogue

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Kim Kelly’ s decade-long story road entwines history, politics and love

It is 10 years since the publication of Black Diamonds, Australian author Kim Kelly’s first novel. To celebrate this milestone, Black Diamonds has been beautifully repackaged, and was relaunched on July 1, 2017, along with all her earlier novels—This Red Earth, The Blue Mile and Paper Daisies (pictured). In this guest post, Kelly describes her passion for historical fiction and why it’s so important to write

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The books that fuel Angela Lober’s botanic art

Glebe-based botanical artist and teacher Angela Lober reads for relaxation and to fuel her artistic endeavours. In May 2017, her work featured in Botanica, an exhibition of botanical art held in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Her striking portrait of a Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa, pictured), with its unusual black background, was a highlight of the

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Jane Austen offers wise advice for modern life

Looking for love, happiness, success, comfort and friendship?—then Jane Austen’s Tips for Success has you covered. Colleen Sattler has gathered in one volume a raft of wonderful quotes about life from Austen’s 19th century novels. The tips are timeless, she says in this Q&A, and showcase Austen’s sharp wit and reassuring wisdom. The quotes drip from

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Come on a date with Cahill’s award-winning ‘Letter to Pessoa’

I couldn’t be happier that Michelle Cahill’s mesmerising short story collection Letter to Pessoa has just won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. I’d been feeling it deserved more attention, so I’m glad it’s been recognised. It’s a seriously good book, so let’s go on a date with it now to find out why … What

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Which books inspire Emilia Simcox in her stage and graphic design?

Erskineville-based designer and scenic artist Emelia Simcox reads fiction and non-fiction for pleasure. She also devours art and reference books to inspire colour, form and texture in her work. In 2016, she painted three shows for the Sydney Theatre Company—Hamlet Prince of Skidmark (‘really funny and theatrical’), A Flea in Her Ear (‘over the top

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Will money have the last word in Woolloomooloo?

Louis Nowra’s new book Woolloomooloo: A Biography explores the history, people and streets of one of Sydney’s most notorious and eclectic suburbs. Nowra, who lives on the boundary between Woolloomooloo and Kings Cross, wanted to capture the spirit and ‘Chaucerian richness’ of his suburb before it evanesced. Woolloomooloo has always been a dumping ground for

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Rabin’s ‘Wood Green’ shimmers—its rhythm compelling

Literary discursiveness in novels can be tedious. So can surprising plot turns in narratives that have been ticking along quite nicely without them. Such antics and glissandos in Sean Rabin’s debut novel, however, are welcome and enjoyable: A smart and compelling game that leads to a surreal ending that (by the skin of its teeth)

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