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A column canvassing current literary news including a brief report on the collapse of REDgroup Retail. Susan Wyndham also comments on a discussion between herself, Jason Steger and Stephen Romei regarding a newspaper bias towards reviewing books by male authors and choosing male reviewers. (The discussion took place on ABC Radio National's Book Show program on 22 February 2011, under the title 'Who's Writing Literary Reviews'. Link to the program here: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/bookshow/stories/2011/3145105.htm)
Helen Pitt reports on a tutoring program, begun by Dave Eggers in the USA, that aims to develop children's literary skills. The Sydney program - the Sydney Story Factory - has been initiated by Sydney Morning Herald journalists Catherine Keenan and Tim Dick and is supported by a number of prominent Australian writers.