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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 19 August 2016 of Brisbane Times est. 2016 Brisbane Times
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Wisdom Tree Review: Nick Earls' Brilliant Use of the Novella to Look at Families, Peter Pierce , single work review
— Review of Wisdom Tree : Five Novellas Nick Earls , 2016 series - author novella ;
'Nick Earls' delicate and daring Wisdom Tree is a collection of five loosely linked novellas, each with a suggestive, but not straightforward place name. In Gotham, a musician turned journalist interviews the latest rap sensation Na$sti Boi, "nineteen and ascendant", but essentially "a lost boy". In a stunning shift, the story poignantly ends among children in Central Park. Next is Venice, which denotes a place of intense yearning for Natalie Landry (Australia's second most famous installation artist after Patricia Piccinini) as she vies to be the country's representative at the Biennale. ...'
Ghost Empire Review : Richard Fidler Journeys Back to the Glory of Constantinople, Luke Slattery , single work review
— Review of Ghost Empire Richard Fidler , 2016 single work prose ;
'The story of pre-Renaissance Western civilisation is in essence the tale of three cities: Athens, Rome, and Constantinople. Athens enjoyed her celebrated Golden Age in the 5th century BC; Rome flourished between the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, while Constantinople reached her apogee in the mid-6th century, the age of emperor Justinian. ...'
Writing to the Wire Review : When Poets Have Their Say on Asylum Seekers, Peter Craven , single work
— Review of Writing to the Wire 2016 anthology poetry ;
'If Shelley was right that poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, and the laws they enunciate are the laws we will be judged by, then Australia should be fearful of their judgment of our treatment of refugees. Dan Disney and Kit Kelen are both Australian poets, and they have put together an anthology about our policy of detention (now mandatory offshore detention) since Kevin Rudd's infamous formulation (upheld by both sides of politics) no refugee, however legitimate their claims, will ever be granted asylum on Australian soil. ...'
Books. Demonising the Productivity Commission Distracts from What's Needed Now, Kimberlee Weatherall , Rebecca Giblin , single work column
'Kim Williams' speech at the Melbourne Press Club this week is the latest tirade against copyright reform. It's striking to observe such acid being spat at a Productivity Commission inquiry that isn't even finished. Modernising copyright's creaking 100-year-old structure with exceptions suited to our current environment – yes, including fair use – is really important, but there will be time to debate that when we have the report. Right now, the focus should be on moving forward with legislation to fix copyright's most egregious and indefensible failures. ...'
LA Larkin's Devour a Chilling Antarctic Thriller, Karen Hardy , single work review
— Review of Devour L. A. Larkin , 2016 single work novel ;
'When Australian thriller writer LA (Louisa) Larkin heard of a British expedition to Antarctica where a team of scientists were planning to drill 3km down into a subglacial lake that had been isolated for half a million years, the first question she asked herself was what if. ...'
The Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year Awards: the Winners Your Kids Must Read, Linda Morris , single work column

'There is a paradox in Australian children's literature and it is this: in an age where the young are attached to the very digital devices predicted to crucify the printed book, children's book publishing is in robust health. Not surviving but thriving.'

'Children's book sales have been on the rise on the back of vibrant stories from Mem Fox, Jackie French and Bob Graham and many others. ...'

Only Daughter, Anna Snoekstra's Debut Novel Set in Canberra, Is Bound for Hollywood, Sally Pryor , single work column

'It all started with the sound of glass breaking in the dead of night.'

'Someone had smashed Anna Snoekstra's car windows outside her Melbourne home, and she couldn't get back to sleep. Paranoid thoughts began crowding her mind; it didn't help that she'd been thinking a lot about film noir, imposter stories and the creeping fear of the unknown. On this night, as a way of calming herself down, she started mapping out a story in her head, on involving a missing girl, and a woman who returns, years later, claiming to be her. ...'

Book Reviews: Childrens Books with Stephanie Reeder, Stephanie Owen Reeder , single work review
— Review of Grandpa's Big Adventure Paul W. Newman , 2016 single work picture book ; Gary Leila Rudge , 2016 single work children's fiction ; Blue, The Builder's Dog Jen Storer , 2016 single work picture book ; Oh, Albert! Davina Bell , 2016 single work picture book ;
'The best picture books for children not only entertain and educate, they also have an element of delight -that indefinable something that leads to the all-too-familiar cry, "Read it again!" ...'
Turning Pages : Confessions and Revelations Galore at Bendigo Writers Festival, Jane Sullivan , single work column
'... It was a weekend of confession, revelation and awkward moments relived at the fifth Bendigo Writers Festival, bigger than ever and rich in writerly wisdom. Often the less wise learning experiences were the ones that resonated with the audience. Most writers had such stories, frequently told against themselves. ...'
Canberra Author Wins Children's Book Council Award for Story about Nine-year-old Bridge Enthusiast, Sally Pryor , single work column
'The story of a nine-year-old boy who rode hundreds of kilometres on horseback to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge has won a major prize at the Children's Book Council of Australia awards. ...'

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