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Floodtide in the heart: vale Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney. Photograph: Felix Clay The world of letters is in shock to learn that Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s best-loved poet, died on Friday at age 74. “The death has taken place of Seamus Heaney,” publisher…
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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2013

(L-R) Bruce Pascoe, Michelle de Kretser, Libby Gleeson, Hon. Tony Burke MP, John Kinsella, Ross McMullin. While Kevin Rudd was in Darwin proclaiming the need for “a national imagination” to grasp the economic…
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This year’s Miles Franklin is “all woman”

The (all female) Miles Franklin shortlist for 2013 Well this is curious. Women outnumbered men on the Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist by 4:1, and now the judges - for the first time in the Award’s…
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Lest we forget: Binyon’s Ode of Remembrance

A Cornwell plaque marks where Laurence Binyon wrote the world’s most commemorative poem. On an autumn day in 1914 Laurence Binyon sat on a cliff in North Cornwall, somewhere between Pentire Point and the…
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Carrie Tiffany wins a Stella Prize of her own

The Stella Prize, which comes with a whopping $50,000 purse, is Australia’s newest literary prize celebrating Australian women authors. Australia’s other “gendered” prizes for literature include The Kibble…
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Gasps as Nancy Huston scoops 2012 Bad Sex Award

I admit it: I was wrong. I was satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that BBC Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason would win the 2012 Bad Sex in Fiction Awards for his ikebana-cum-gymnastic efforts in his…