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Kim Ho and 'The Language of Love'

Have you heard of The Language of Love? You probably should have. Stephen Fry tweeted about it. It went viral on YouTube. It crashed a website. And it was...

A Place for Women in Hollywood Action Blockbusters

Matilda Dixon-Smith on Mad Max as a feminist film, and the failure of other blockbusters to keep up.

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On a bitter Sunday in November, in the middle of the second world war, my great-grandfather shut the kitchen door on his wife’s voice.   Her threats sliced the...

He Carried Oranges

Aldo said, in his very own voice, meet me here at half to nine in the morning – here at the top of the stair, by the locked door,...


On Writing:

10 Things I've Learnt about the Writing Life

1. It’s not a life. It’s a profession, a hobby, an activity or an obsession. Life goes on regardless of it. In fact, life doesn’t care whether I write...

Teaching Poetry under Bunjil

Paul Mitchell reflects on his experience running Australian Poetry-sponsored workshops with the Aboriginal community at Lake Tyers, Victoria. I’m standing on the balcony of the Lake Tyers Indigenous Training...

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge:

The Bhagavad Gita

It’s all very violent and there are battles and demons, and when I say it like this, it all sounds cool. But I didn’t understand what was happening.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Why is this book so wonderful? Without dripping rhapsodic or going into the deep dark recesses of cold hard literary deconstruction, let’s just say that the book somehow slips...