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Books and literature

Ethel Turner gets personal

A new acquisition reveals the personal and professional lives of one of Australia’s best-known authors.

Library tourism

Mark Dapin’s wish-list of the most beautiful libraries in the world to visit.

A boy’s devotion to books and love

The library that made me.

The Blue Road

The untold story of French novelist Hélène Bessette and her poetic novel, La Route Bleue, a love story set in 1940s Sydney.

A capital idea

Decorated initials — artworks in themselves — have a long history.

Michelle Cahill

A novelist brings a marginalised character back to the centre.

One library that began a story.

The library that made me.

Rain and Blood

A poem.

Broken Glass

A short story.

Do we still have time for Henry Lawson?

It is 100 years since the famous writer and chronicler of bush life died.

The writer & the archivist

Rose de Freycinet, a nineteenth-century French woman, stowaway and diarist, unites a writer and an archivist 200 years later.

All well & good

Twenty-first-century notions of wellness have a long lineage.

Before I get to the good bits

The library that made me.

The printer’s mark

That curious penguin on the spine of your favourite paperback isn’t there just for decoration.

A changing world

Children’s picture books reflect the world that makes them, but must try to remake that world too.

On fire

Alexandra Christie is the new editor of HEAT, an illustrious literary publication in its third incarnation

A nondescript building in Cabramatta

The library that made me.

The sound of words

What’s the process for turning words on a page into words in your ear?

On literary merit

We may find it easy to give a book one star, or five, but what do we really mean by the phrase ‘literary merit’?

Queering the archive

A biographer reflects on the serendipity of finding traces of her subjects’ intimate lives in the archive.

Shelling the prawns

A poem by Sarah Holland-Batt.


A short story.

And the winner is …

What impact do prizes have on Australia’s literary ecosystem?

Wildest dreams

Emily Bitto's second novel raises compelling questions about writing and living.

Surface art

Book cover design is an intricate and sometimes baffling process that brings together authors, readers, publishers, booksellers and designers.