In March, if:book took part in a panel on Science and Story at the World Science Festival in Brisbane. We are increasingly reliant on the applied science of technology, but our access to science communication has only become more fraught. As physicist Len Fisher notes, science begins with stubbornly checking out your beliefs against reality. But…

Do you remember being scared of the dark? How it felt when your BFF abandoned you at little lunch? You do, don’t you? All too painfully, I bet. Resurrecting childhood memories is an important part of writing for middle-grade readers, since rejection, fear and exhilaration are as real today as they were then. But here…

Novelist Cory Taylor (Me and Mister Booker and My Beautiful Enemy) was diagnosed with melanoma in 2005, just before her fiftieth birthday. In December 2014, she suffered a seizure and underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour. She had to face the obvious – that death was not far away. On the eve of two…

Crime fiction is often characterised by pace… a sense of urgency. Rarely do people read crime novels to discover themselves or contemplate the meaning of the universe. Although the genre often examines and reflects the social, historical and cultural contexts in which its books are set, the primary attraction of a good crime novel remains…

WRITING a novel is like running a marathon. You have to be prepared to stick with it despite the pain. You have to keep running the whole course for however long it takes. Finishing a novel could take one year, two years, five. When I hear about writers who have spent ten years writing their latest…

We spoke to Junky Comics owner, Vlada Edirippulige, about the challenges and triumphs of opening a new independent comic book store in Brisbane in 2015, and what their first year of business has looked like. Tell us a bit about Junky Comics! Junky is a comic book store in West End that specialises in alternative comics,…

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