Florence. Italy. Two nouns. Two places. One location. Two concepts for what they evoke within traveller mythology. If I’m allowed the sports arena-like satellite digital drill-down: we find two poets in the mesmeric and genteel surrounds of the NYU Campus in Florence.  I can put my hand up to being one of those poets, with…

The most useful advice I’ve been given as a writer had nothing to do with craft. It came from an established writer years into their career, and it came down to a simple task: track the rights in an excel document. Do one for every story, every novel. I’m not sure why this stuck with…

“I see now that dismissing YA books because you’re not a young adult is a little bit like refusing to watch thrillers on the grounds that you’re not a policeman or a dangerous criminal, and as a consequence, I’ve discovered a previously ignored room at the back of the bookstore that’s filled with masterpieces I’ve…

George Saad explores how new kinds of partnerships between authors and designers can help enrich the story-telling experience for readers … With the growing popularity and quality of cinema, television and video games, storytelling has expanded from the static pages of books. We are absorbing stories constantly, while seeing bookstores diminish and being led to…

David Hardy discusses the power of books to promote awareness and change … When I initially considered a collection of stories about older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians, I was surprised that this might be the first. I could only find anthologies by community groups or university research and mostly centred on…

Here’s the writer in her garret, quill in hand, parchment at the ready, starving. She lives on bread and gruel and inspiration. The latter arrives punctually every day, courtesy of her muse, who alights on her shoulder and whispers in her ear. She, dutiful amanuensis, scribbles away, oblivious to her drear surroundings and unkempt hair,…

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