Sarah Robinson-Hatch is a blogger, writer and fangirl and is currently studying a Bachelor of Professional Communications at RMIT. She’s the creator of a Melbourne YA book club called The YA Room and blogs at Written Word Worlds. When she’s not reading, Sarah can be found working on her next manuscript, bingeing TV shows and … Continue reading My Life as a Book Blogger
Late last year, I left my long-term job. My unemployment was initially self-imposed, deliberate—and blissful, oh so blissful! but soon exceeded its anticipated expiration date, pushing further into the year than planned. It was (and is—for I am still reeling) the closest I have come to economic hardship. But to appropriate poverty is misdirected and … Continue reading Fear and (self)-loathing at the desktop: imposter syndrome in 2018
I was eleven the first time I encountered a queer couple in print. It was through Kerry Greenwood’s YA fantasy trilogy, Stormbringer (2005-6). The series was one of my first ventures out of the market strand of children’s literature and into the big something else. In fact, I found the second book, Lightning Nest, at … Continue reading The Importance of Publishing Queer Characters
The book launch is finally upon us! Join us to celebrate the release of this semester's additions to the Australian Colonial Popular Fiction series. There will be food and wine! RSVP through the Facebook event page by the 20th of May 2018. We look forward to seeing you there.
A boy slides along the bench to sit too close to my friends and me. He looks as though he might be nearing 30, but his awkwardness implies he has only recently left high school. ‘Keep talking, don’t mind me,’ he says. ‘I’m conducting some research—I want to know how girls talk to each other. … Continue reading An Ode to the Crimson Wave: Why I Love (to Talk About) My Period
Throughout my arts degree I've encountered many fellow students who, if I tell them I read fanfiction, respond in similar ways: some with solidarity; others with incredulity and thinly veiled disgust; but the most frequent response is condescension. Although I can understand the responses, I certainly don’t agree with them. There’s a widespread view of … Continue reading Looking for the Next Big Thing? Try Fanfiction
Last seen in London. Ms Sylvia Leighton has been spotted at the University of Melbourne. Leaving a trail of parasols and clues around campus, Grattan Street Press needs your help to find Ms Leighton. Group or single players welcome. REWARDS ON OFFER. At a glance: Tuesday 15 May 1pm The University of Melbourne Parkville Campus … Continue reading Lost Girl Treasure Hunt
When I think of the word ‘millennial’, I get a flash of jumbled and somewhat conflicting images: the rise of technology and social justice movements; globalisation; the Harry Potter craze; sardonic memes; Netflix bingeing; the expansion of higher education; a more competitive job market; the shadow of 9/11; and now, unfortunately, the turmoil of a … Continue reading A Millennial in the Time of Trump
We should be talking about online literature more. In an age that is dominated by digital content, the book industry in Western countries (e.g. Australia, UK and the US) still treats online literature as a threat and eBooks as an unavoidable chore as opposed to an opportunity. It feels like taking a digital first approach, … Continue reading The Amazing World of China’s Online Literature Scene
Matt Holden is a writer, editor, small press publisher, translator and bookseller. From 1999 to 2009 he was magazine production editor at Fairfax Media in Melbourne, and from 2011 to 2014 he was the editor of The Age Good Cafe Guide and a regular contributor to Fairfax Media newspapers and websites. He now writes commentary, … Continue reading Why Are Some Magazines Ugly?