Alexis Wright, author of Tracker: a book written in the mode and genre of Aboriginal storytelling.
Tracker Tilmouth was a central and visionary figure in Aboriginal politics. His life is captured in Alexis Wright's Tracker through the voices of many, rather than the tradition of European biography.
None of the books on the Stella shortlist offer a comforting vision of contemporary Australian life.
A Stella winner is a book that challenges its readers; it attempts to do a bit of work in the world. And this year’s shortlist doesn’t disappoint.
An echidna in the Western Granites at Jam Tree Gully.
On his bush block in the WA wheatbelt, poet John Kinsella attempts habitat restoration and reflects on the responsibilities of the writer as a witness to species loss.
Even common knowledge isn’t immune.
Reading something that sows doubt about a widely agreed-upon fact – even the election of George Washington as president – can have a profound effect.
Christina Ricci as Zelda and David Hoflin as F. Scott in the TV series Z: The Beginning of Everything (2015). Two films about Zelda’s life are currently underway, starring Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence respectively.
Amazon Studios, Killer Films, Picrow
During her lifetime, Zelda Fitzgerald's creativity and contribution to her husband's work were woefully undervalued. Two new films will tell her story.
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A novelist who compared a man's genitals to a billiard rack has won this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. But not all entries were that silly.
Spontaneous mirror writing by both left- and right-handed children has long remained a mystery. Recent studies of brain processing and writing have led to an unexpected explanation.
Ernest Hemingway with a bull near Pamplona, Spain in 1927, two years before ‘A Farewell to Arms’ would be published.
Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
A newly published batch of Ernest Hemingway’s letters could change the way we think about the author's influences, relationships with other writers and views on race.
Should children with reading difficulties get their hearing checked?
Kazuo Ishiguro in his garden in London.
English author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. For some weeks now, the bookies have been offering odds on the likely winner. Kenya’s Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o was front runner earlier…
A relief at the ancient Persian city of Persepolis (now in modern Iran), including inscriptions in cuneiform, the world’s oldest form of writing.
Cuneiform was used for over 3,000 years in the Ancient Near East, but was only decoded in the 19th century. The writing form is still revealing amazing stories, from literature to mathematics.
Josephine Wilson has won the 2017 Miles Franklin award for her novel Extinctions. Judging panel chair Richard Neville stated Wilson’s novel, “explores ageing, adoption, grief and remorse, empathy and self-centredness…
The ability to write quickly and effortlessly allows children to focus on translating ideas into writing.
Writing is a fundamental outcome indicator of learning across subjects and grades. The latest NAPLAN results tell us we need to do more to empower children with these skills.
Ontario is the only Canadian province to offer a unique two-year, full-day and play-based kindergarten model.
Ontario's investment in a unique two-year, full-day and play-based kindergarten program is paying off. Could similar results happen elsewhere?
About 1.1 million students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat the 2017 NAPLAN tests in May.
This year's preliminary NAPLAN results show Australian students are flatlining after ten years of the controversial tests.
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Henry David Thoreau might appear to be very ill-adapted for the modern West – but his writing contains some striking lessons for the modern world.
Alexis Wright won the Miles Franklin award for her 2006 novel Carpentaria.
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Do you read Australia's First Nations writers? If not, why not? The time is well overdue for non-indigenous Australians to engage with the original inhabitants of the country.
In some Aboriginal communities, over 50% of adults say they do not have the literacy they need for everyday tasks.
Literacy for Life Foundation/Adam Sharman
The children who are least likely to attend school regularly – and do well – grow up in households where the adults themselves have very poor literacy skills.
Writing has never been easy, but sending writers out to find new ideas and people might be one way to help.
Writers like Frank Moorhouse and Ben Eltham have proposed new long-term fellowships to support writing. But a better way may be more smaller grants, offering opportunities for travel.
Writer Solita Solano and Djuna Barnes in Paris, 1920s.
Unlike earlier lesbian and gay movements whose politics depended on visible identities, queer theory grew out of a critique of this – and perhaps that's where Djuna Barnes sits.