Banned Books Week 21-27 September: Celebrating the Freedom to Read #bannedbooksweek

Defend Banned Books

  It’s Banned Books Week again! Banned Books Week is an annual event and initiative of the American Library Association which brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider […]

Talking Smack: Honest Conversations about Drugs by Andrew McMillen

Talking Smack by Andrew McMillen published by UQP

  Talking Smack features 14 revealing interviews with Australia’s most successful musicians about their attitudes to, and experiences with, illicit, legal and prescription drugs. The premise for writing the book was that while alcohol and nicotine are accepted, illicit drugs and drug users (including recreational users) have been demonised, and the national debate needs to […]

Evie Wyld wins 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award for All the Birds, Singing.

All the Birds Singing

So thrilled about this! As I’ve said, probably ranted, before — I fell in love with All the Birds, Singing when I read/reviewed it last year over at the Newtown Review of Books (review appears below) so, was delighted to find out it had won the Miles Franklin this year. I confess I was on […]

Toyo: A memoir by Lily Chan – Interview #BBWF2013

Toyo

Lily Chan was born in Kyoto, raised in Narrogin and now lives in Melbourne. Set in Japan and Western Australia, her debut work is a moving and lyrical reimagining of her grandmother’s life. Toyo: A memoir won the 2013 Dobbie Literary Award for a first published author. I interviewed the author at the 2013 Byron […]

Library Lovers Vote Too: NSW Public Library Associations Campaign for Increase in Funding #libraryloversnsw

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NSW State public libraries are now at crisis point. If the State Government doesn’t allocate more funding, public library services in NSW will be at risk. Some Facts Library funding was once split 50:50 State and Local Government. The State Government currently puts in only 7 cents out of every dollar and local councils now […]

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