Monthly Archives: May 2014

How do novelists engage with politics? Christos Tsiolkas, Alexis Wright and Kathryn Heyman talk fiction and politics with Margot Saville at the Sydney Writers’ Fest 2014

First, to set the scene – and given I’ve been chained to my desk since January, how very welcome and extra breathtaking that scene was. Sydney Harbour at its glistening best. So, novels and politics. A massive subject to cover … Continue reading

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When in doubt, seek out the writers: Alexis Wright and Christos Tsiolkas talk politics and the novel at SWF 2014

In these dark days when numbers rule – and politicians and university vice-chancellors outsource complex moral decisions to the market – writers are SO IMPORTANT! And two of my favourite writers who dare to wrestle with the murky world of … Continue reading

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The week after the night before: What Sydney thinks of Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey’s first budget

When six pictures paint thousands of words and numbers bamboozle. But first, seven words: Christopher Pyne – putting the ‘n’ in cut … from my favourite placard at the March in May on Sunday 18 May 2014. Here are some more … Continue reading

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The library stripped bare 2: the University of Sydney’s Library draft change proposal, aka libricide

libricide 1. (rare) The destruction of books. Since writing about libraries here five days ago I’ve been looking into the University of Sydney’s plan to ‘restructure’ its libraries. The ‘Update on library change proposal‘ issued on 8 May 2014 talks of … Continue reading

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The library stripped bare: And why the sea is boiling hot – and whether books have wings

So, I seem to be back from plumbing the numbers – and it’s still autumn. Just. I’ve spent some time in libraries lately, so libraries are on my mind. First, the rare and thrilling story about Sydney’s Mitchell Library, which … Continue reading

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