Many Black audiences are justifiably weary of works about their community told from white perspectives. But authorship isn’t always black and white.
If Dostoevsky insists that one cannot shy away from horror and tragedy, Tolstoy would contend that people must act upon what they see.
Funding for writing and publishing is not just low: it’s also declining. Ben Eltham looks at a grim federal budget for literature, in the context of ongoing neglect for written culture in Australia.
On International Women’s Day, two women writers discuss feminism, writing in the age of Trump and Covid – and being ‘flabbergasted’ by the absence of birth from Western art and philosophy.
Black writers like Charles Chesnutt had to contend with a dilemma writers today know all too well: give the audience and editors what they want, or wallow in obscurity.
On Dec. 2, 1941, a publication date was set for Mori’s first book. Five days later, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, upending the writer’s life and throwing the book’s publication into doubt.
How writers hear their characters in their heads.
The magazine grew to be the largest circulation publication for black readers in South Africa, and expanded to include East and West African editions.
From cholera outbreaks to public health actions, war metaphors have long been used to describe diseases, to show what we fear and to explain our world to ourselves.
Public figures, authors, artists and journalists have long written about their experience of dying. But why do they do it? And what do we gain?
The group seemed to be doing all of the right things to diversify its ranks. It wasn’t enough.
African literary prizes are slowly becoming more relevant and richer, thanks to writers organising on the continent.
Images of wildfires are powerful, but can make climate catastrophe seem like something spectacular and distant. So some artists are focusing on the plants and bugs in our immediate surroundings.
There are growing calls for the Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun to be freed after six months of detention and interrogation in China.
The book took eight years from conception to publication. In the earliest dummy, the monsters that millions have grown to love actually started out as horses.
There’s a reason many today have never heard of Norman Douglas: After his death, more and more came forward with stories of his sexual relationships with boys, and he soon faded into obscurity.
In the 1980s, Diane Torr was struggling as an office employee and moonlighting go-go dancer – until she read Angela Carter’s The Sadeian Woman.
New installation recreates the small world of this hugely influential, but largely unknown, Scottish poet.
During First World War, the rhetoric of chivalry counteracted the inhumanity of the conflict in sometimes surprising ways.
Few of them are getting rich off their books but the genre is making them more money than it used to.