Vale Alice Munro, Canadian author, Nobel Laureate

Vale Alice Munro, Canadian author, Nobel Laureate

As a Canadian Australian, Cecile McGuire felt a particular kind of grief on hearing of the death of her most cherished author. When I first came to Australia from Canada, I couldn’t shake the feeling I experienced every year growing up, when the new school year began...

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BOOK REVIEW: Go as a River by Shelley Read

BOOK REVIEW: Go as a River by Shelley Read

‘The landscapes of our youth create us and we carry them within us, all they gave and stole, in who we become’. This lyrical first novel by writing teacher, Shelley Read, is about those landscapes of youth and how what we experience when young can set the template for...

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BOOK REVIEW: Himalayan Dreams by Kirsty Nancarrow

BOOK REVIEW: Himalayan Dreams by Kirsty Nancarrow

For many Australians, the nation of Nepal evokes images of adventurous Westerners trekking to Everest, sportswear brands like Kathmandu or the Buddha who was born in southern Nepal. It is also a nation of great poverty, with the highest rate of child marriage in Asia,...

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First Nations artists showcase in Cairns

First Nations artists showcase in Cairns

Leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts organisation, UMI Arts, will launch its 2024 season on 15 March by opening its annual member showcase, You & Me. The You & Me exhibition comprises 30 new artworks by 15 First Nations artists from across Far...

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BOOK REVIEW: The God of No Good by Sita Walker

BOOK REVIEW: The God of No Good by Sita Walker

This memoir by Brisbane author, Sita Walker, explores forging your identity by moving beyond marriage, borders, religion and culture. The author goes on a spiritual journey, facing her doubts (mainly about her spirituality) to define her own future. Walker’s engaging...

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BOOK REVIEW: Killing for Country by David Marr

BOOK REVIEW: Killing for Country by David Marr

When I was a journalism academic for 20 years, dozens of students pitched me a ‘news story idea’ about the ‘unfairness’ of Aboriginal and Islander students sometimes receiving extra financial support than non-Indigenous students. ‘So your news angle is that it is...

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The Chocolate Factory: BOOK REVIEW

The Chocolate Factory: BOOK REVIEW

The Chocolate Factory is Tasmanian writer Mary-Lou Stephens’s second historical novel with Harper Collins. Set in 1920s Hobart, the story unfolds in the aftermath of WW1, as two ambitious women, Dorothy and Maisie, are building their careers (unusual for women of the...

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