Openbook is a lavish, award-winning magazine of new writing, fresh ideas and contemporary photography.

The bumper winter issue includes a profile on bestselling novelist Pip Williams, Ashley Kalagian Blunt reflects on how creativity — including reading — can improve health and wellbeing, and retiring State Librarian John Vallance shares his highlights from six years at the helm of the Library. There's also a poem by Gamilaroi poet Luke Patterson, Eda Gunaydin explores how writing saved her life, and Stuart Kells busts a few myths about Shakespeare.

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Infrared image of Australian floods

Image: Openbook winter 2023 cover image, 'Australian Floods in Infrared' © Chad Ajamian

The cover of a book called 'Search History'