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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | July 23, 2019

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TURNING PAGES WITH PAIGE – Gold Coast writer Paige Townsend hits the literary benchmark

February 11, 2016 |

Paige Townsend is not your ordinary 24 year old writer. We spend an afternoon with her to chat to her about her published work and her inspiration.

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Morbid Things You Can’t Un-Know: A Review of Caitlin Doughty’s ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes…’

February 8, 2016 |

When Caitlin Doughty was 23, she scored her dream job… as a cremator of human remains. Caitlin’s memoir, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Confessions from the Crematorium, is an enlightening, hilarious, gruesome and ultimately refreshing portrayal of Caitlin’s foray into the world of the dead.

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Dig, Lazarus: The Bible in Modern Lyricism

September 5, 2015 |

It’s a strange truth of modern rock lyricism that when secular songwriters draw on the Bible the results can be truly transcendental. Read More

Reflections on Byron Bay Writers Festival 2015

August 23, 2015 |

2015 sees its fair share of politicians stepping into the fray at the renowned Byron Bay Writers Festival. Read our thoughts on this – and the top 5 books we picked up at the festival.

 

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Review: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

August 3, 2015 |

I had heard a lot about this book before I started reading it, from friends, from critics, from the Internet, all talking about how good it was, how clever it was, how it could make you well up with emotion and start laughing in the same sentence. And yet, it still took me years to pick up the book, and to get past the fact that it was co-authored.

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Queensland Poetry Festival

July 20, 2015 |

If you’re a poet, a performance artist or just a lover of words with a very short attention span, mark the Queensland Poetry Festival down in your diary. Under the new creative management of David Stavanger and Anne-Marie Te Whiu, and with a huge line-up of artists and events, the biggest event in Brisbane poetry is looking better than ever.

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Upcoming Australian Book Releases

July 19, 2015 |

As the year carries on, talented Australian writers are continuing to release new books. We’ve rounded up four upcoming Australian books that we’re looking forward to reading in the second half of 2015. Read More

Review: The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave

July 8, 2015 |

“It occurs to him that with each tick of the clock the memory of his mother fades, and she slips away. He feels, with a rush of iced wind across his heart, that even by just lying there he is losing her, little by little. He closes his eyes and attempts with reasonable success to ransack his memory and conjure up images of her. He hopes by doing this that he will prevent her from melting away completely. He wants, deep down, to remember her back into existence.” Read More

Interview: Creativity with Sarah Darmody

June 20, 2015 |

In preparation for her class on How To Be Creative at The School of Life, we sat down with the very talented Sarah Darmody to discuss her thoughts on all things creative. Read More

What’s On in Melbourne for Writers This Winter

June 9, 2015 |

The Emerging Writers’ Festival might have passed, but there are still plenty of events happening for writers over the colder months. If you can convince yourself to go out into Melbourne’s blustery weather, you can be rewarded with great events on for writers.

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What Melbournians Are Reading

June 3, 2015 |

We’re always on the lookout for new books to pick up, so we went out and asked a few Melbournians what they’re reading at the moment to get inspired. Read More

Australia’s Up and Coming Writers

May 28, 2015 |

The Australian literary scene is an exciting place to be at the moment, with plenty of new authors on the rise. We’ve just seen the release of some amazing new works of fiction from young Australians, and here’s a list of people to watch over the next few years. Read More

The Queensland Literary Awards Regain Funding

May 23, 2015 |

The Queensland Literary Awards are back, and this year so is their funding! After several long years in the wilderness, the state’s major literature prize is finally seeing some cold, hard cash from the people in power—and if you’re a writer with a published or unpublished manuscript, that is a welcome sight indeed.

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Review: Monkey Grip by Helen Garner

May 17, 2015 |

“Afterwards, it is possible to see the beginning of things, the point at which you had already plunged in, while at the time you thought you were only testing the water with your toe.” Read More