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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | November 20, 2019

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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prize is finally seeing some cold, hard cash from the people in power—and if you’re a writer with a published or unpublished manuscript, that is a welcome sight indeed.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

Books for Cooks: A Fitzroy Delight

April 28, 2015 |

There are few things I love more than food and books, and a remarkable shop on Gertrude St, Fitzroy combines the two. Read More

What’s On: Melbourne’s Emerging Writers’ Festival

April 21, 2015 |

It may be over a month away, but it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to see at Melbourne’s Emerging Writers Festival. Read More

Therapeutic Writing with Sian Prior

April 11, 2015 |

She’s worked as a writer, an opera singer, a broadcaster for ABC, a journalist, a university lecturer, and an MC. Following the release of her memoir, Shy, Sian Prior is out to teach Australia how therapeutic writing can be. In preparation for her upcoming seminar at The School Of Life in Melbourne, The Creative Issue talked to Sian about her experiences with writing as therapy. Read More

Review: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

April 6, 2015 |

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’”

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Exciting Reads for 2015

March 31, 2015 |

As one month ends and a new one begins, I decided it was time to look at some of the most exciting book releases so far of 2015, and what’s left to come. Read More

Review: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

March 25, 2015 |

“Remember this when you are queen,” he whispered hoarsely. “I moved the earth and the water for you.” Read More

Review: Wolf In White Van

March 15, 2015 |

“People have ideas and theories about coping with catastrophic injury, but most of them are based in practicalities. They’re right in thinking that the practicalities – how will you live? what will you do? – are important, but these aren’t the main thing. The main thing is what happens to your vision, how you’re a little different after you’ve seen a few things, and as far as I know, nobody really gets this.”

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Interview: Abe Nouk, Slam Poet

March 6, 2015 |

Refugee turned national poet, Abe Nouk is one of the many brave new voices changing the face of Australian slam poetry. 
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Readings, Carlton: More than just your average bookstore

March 3, 2015 |

There’s a certain charm that encapsulates Lygon Street, though it doesn’t lie in the string of Italian restaurants and tourist traps. Read More

Review: The Strays by Emily Bitto

February 27, 2015 |

The Strays, the debut novel from Melbourne writer Emily Bitto, manages to strike the reader with its intensity, atmospheric writing, and occasional shock value. Read More

Audiobooks For Everyone

February 17, 2015 |

The soothing act of being read to is one we might forget as we grow older and live for Facebook and our Twitter feeds – plug yourself into one of our picks and get literary without even turning a page.

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Submissions Open For Queensland Poetry Festival

January 31, 2015 |

Queensland’s biggest weekend for poetry and the people who write it may still be many months away, but the deadline for submissions is fast approaching. If you’re a poet, spoken word artist or performer wanting to take your work to a larger audience, the Queensland Poetry Festival could be your chance.

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