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The Great Australian Novel

From the early 2000s, Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet has been hailed as The Great Australian Novel. It is that rare beast: a book that is loved by critics, the reading public and fellow writers alike. Why is that? What makes Cloudstreet a text that tells us something about ourselves as Australians? Cloudstreet, of course, is a mix of (contested) history, loyalty, belonging , community and brokenness. It is about ‘a great continent of a house’ that stands for the nation, and Winton makes... [More]
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Reading - The Hidden Addiction for Writers

Research has shown the addictive properties of alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs, but is there such a thing as overdosing on reading? Reading is known for its ability to allow the reader to escape, but has reading become your escape from your writing? Whether you’re consciously or unconsciously addicted, how do you rein in your reading and harness time to write? And how do you research your manuscript without ‘over-researching’? COURSE OUTLINE What is normal reading behaviour and... [More]
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Books Celebrating Nature

Janine Kitson, a regular book reviewer for the NSW Teachers Federation’s journal 'Education', will share her insights into recent environmental books she has reviewed – including picture books, young person’s novels and environmental histories. What environmental issues are being written about? Why is children’s literature such an important vehicle for lifelong learning about the environment? What are some great books celebrating Nature? SUGGESTED READING Jeannie Baker, Circle,... [More]
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