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What’s on at the 2017 Perth Writers Festival

What’s on at the 2017 Perth Writers Festival




Ben Rawlence spent four years in Dadaab Refugee Camp which has been in Northern Kenya for 25 years. At the University of WA’s Octagon Theatre on Thursday 25 February, he will talk about his book City of Thorns and open the 2017 Perth Writers Festival. The PIAF Writers Festival brings over 100 celebrated writers from […]

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Author S.E. Hinton says she’s being attacked for being heterosexual

Author S.E. Hinton says she’s being attacked for being heterosexual




Author S.E. Hinton, who wrote the popular teen-fiction books The Outsiders, Tex, Rumblefish and That was then This is now, has complained that she’s been targeted by the LGBT community after she insisted all the characters in her novels were definitely heterosexual. Hinton’s career began in the late 1960, she wrote her first novel The Outsiders while she was 15 years […]

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Publisher defends Milo Yiannopoulos book deal

Publisher defends Milo Yiannopoulos book deal




  Publisher Simon and Schuster are defending their decision to sign a US$250,000 deal to publish the autobiography of alt-right identity Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopouos, who is a regular guest on SKY News’ The Bolt Report, is an outspoken journalist who was banned from social media platform Twitter after he led a campaign encouraging people to troll Ghostbusters’ actress […]

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Bibliophile | Queer: A Graphic History




QUEER: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele Allen and Unwin The original 16th century meaning of ‘queer’ was ‘something strange’. The word became a form of homophobic abuse which was used to target effeminate men before it was reclaimed by activists in the 1980s as a term for positive self-identity for people […]

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Bibliophile | Keeping On Keeping On by Alan Bennett




Keeping On Keeping On by Alan Bennett Allen & Unwin This is the third volume of diaries from actor, author, playwright, screenwriter Alan Bennett. Writing Home (1994) detailed his life between 1980 and 1990 and Untold Stories (2005) covered 1996 to 2004. Now 82, this volume contains excerpts from diary entries and various scribbling between […]

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Bibliophile | Delicious: At Our Table




According to the team at Australia’s leading food magazine delicious, no event is too small or too large when it comes to celebrating with friends and family. Inspired by food from many of their favourite restaurants, they have put together a sumptuous collection of recipes and table suggestions for every occasion. Brunch with a tropical […]

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Bibliophile: Days Without End




Days Without End by Sebastian Barry Allen & Unwin   Orphans Thomas McNutty and John Cole are only teenagers when they find themselves tramping through America in the 1850s, in search of work. They end up in a town where they are offered jobs dressing as women and dancing with saloon customers who are mainly […]

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Bibliophile Book Reviews: ‘Hide’ and ‘Bright, Precious Days’




Hide by Matthew Griffin Bloomsbury Wendell Wilson returns from doing the shopping to find 83 year old Frank Clifton collapsed in the back yard, lying amongst the tomato bushes after having a stroke. Although they are lifetime partners, Wendell tells hospital staff that he is Frank’s brother to save “all the ugliness of some sort […]

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Book of the week: Vikings!




Vikings By Marjolein Stern and Roderick Dale Hardie Grant Books This lavishly illustrated book traces the history of the Vikings from Stone Age as nomadic hunter/gatherers who followed reindeer herds to farmers in the remote wastes of Scandinavia. It tracks them from the Nordic Bronze Age to the Iron Age as traders and raiders who […]

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How have things changed? What was gay life like in the past?




Gay & Lesbian, Then & Now by Robert Reynolds and Shirleene Robinson Robert Reynolds and Shirleene Robinson are based at Sydney’s Macquarie University but have spent considerable time travelling around Australia to record interviews with people who spoke about their life experiences of being attracted to members of the same sex. Apart from the geographical […]

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