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Kate Winslet in the 2015 film The Dressmaker. The film was based on the novel by Australian writer Rosalie Ham. Screen Australia, Film Art Media, White Hot Productions

Gail Jones: Australian literature is chronically underfunded — here’s how to help it flourish

Literature funding has been cut brutally in recent years and writers' incomes are disastrously low. Yet books shape our national identity, forming an often invisible bedrock for the wider economy.
Hemingway and his eldest son, Bumby, pose in Havana harbor in 1933. Collection of David Meeker

How Hemingway felt about fatherhood

While the man the world knows as 'Papa' balanced the demands of parenting with his work, his letters and fiction offer a window into the depth of his paternal feeling.
A military guard of honour wear face masks against the spread of the coronavirus by the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb in Warsaw, Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poetry has linked war and disease for centuries

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.
Emily McPherson College Library, Russell St, circa 1960s. Museums Victoria/Unsplash

Stella Prize 2020: a readers’ guide to the contenders

The books chosen as finalists in this year's Stella Prizes can help us draw on our innate resources. We can seek inner truths and explore ways to support each other thanks to these gifted writers.
Things to keep in mind for writers young and old. Kenny Luo/Unsplash

10½ commandments of writing

There is no single piece of advice that works for everyone, but here is a list that will benefit writers at every stage of their career.

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