Corella Press: The Power of Indie Publishing Amidst a Global Pandemic

A guest blog post from Corella Press Corella Press, a teaching press based in Brisbane, is known for publishing work that is playful, disruptive and inclusive, providing hands-on opportunities for students at The University of Queensland. Against the turbulent backdrop of a global pandemic, this year Corella Press has published Death of a Nom de … Continue reading Corella Press: The Power of Indie Publishing Amidst a Global Pandemic

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Unfortunately, Book Reviews Actually Matter

Debating the utility and function of book reviews—especially the reviews in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian—is a near constant presence in the contemporary Australian publishing field. These debates typically centre around three distinct themes: reviewers should not review the books that their friends wrote; who is the reviewer writing for (is it … Continue reading Unfortunately, Book Reviews Actually Matter

Still Resilient? Can Indie Bookshops Survive Covid-19?

When I arrived from the UK and settled in Melbourne, I quickly learned to respect coffee and not to make jokes about AFL. I also noticed that Melbourne has an impressive network of local independent bookshops. But how have indie bookshops managed to survive in Australia when they have virtually vanished in the UK and … Continue reading Still Resilient? Can Indie Bookshops Survive Covid-19?

Book Club Zoom Rooms? Online Launches? Melbourne Reading Communities Adapt to a Post-Covid World

When I checked my phone this morning, I had a text from my sister. It was a video of her daughter – my niece – sounding out the words to her very first picture book: Mix, Mix, Mix, the engrossing tale of Bob the Bug baking a cake. Ordinarily, this is the kind of thing … Continue reading Book Club Zoom Rooms? Online Launches? Melbourne Reading Communities Adapt to a Post-Covid World

Imagining a Nation of Readers

Melbourne is known as a City of Literature. The city hosts north of fifty writers festivals, with new ones cropping up every year. Melbourne is home to a plethora of literary journals and Indie bookstores. Writing competitions have become a sport for those who would rather flex a biro than a bicep. These opportunities provide a springboard for locals to expose their work ­– a tapestry of tales that enrich the nation.