Shelley Parker-Chan’s debut historical-fantasy novel, She Who Became the Sun, is a queer reimagining of the inception of the Ming Dynasty in China.
Katherine dissects the trend of ‘hustle culture’ and how our hobbies are commodified in today’s results-driven world.
Smart Ovens for Lonely People is an anthology of 20 short stories. Published in June 2020, it is Elizabeth Tan’s second book. This is a contemporary work that draws from trends, issues and themes in today’s society, including the growing global discussion of the sensory phenomenon known as ASMR, of suicide and of technologically utopian futures. However, each story – some seemingly frivolous and random – work as a commentary on a deeper level.
Ethan Patrick on getting around University of Melbourne Carpark. Photo by AbsolutVision on Unsplash ‘Getting around here is going to be a struggle’. This was my first thought when I saw Melbourne University's massive Parkville campus. As a young person with a disability, I was coming from a relatively small high school and had little … Continue reading Things I learned along the way: Studying with a disability
Greta Lukavic worked in a grocery store throughout Melbourne's Coronavirus lockdown As Melburnians dive into summer and bandy about phrases like ‘the new normal’, it’s worth sparing a thought for those of us who are suffering a bout of post-COVID-19 fatigue. I'm talking about the variety of fatigue that manifests as a kind of emotional … Continue reading A Shout-out to Those Still Suffering from Post-COVID-19 Fatigue
With the publication date for Mer just around the corner, we sat down with the author Samantha Mansell and asked her about her creative process and some of the inspirations for her work. Sign up to attend the Nov. 17 launch here! Mer as a collection of stories really departs from our traditional understanding of … Continue reading Chatting about Mer with Samantha Mansell
‘Do you want to come home?’ Mum asked me when the pandemic began spreading internationally. I assured her that I was fine in Australia. It has a better health infrastructure than home, a smaller population, and I had already paid my tuition for the year. New Delhi will always be my city but I was … Continue reading The Woes of Being Internationally Stranded
What is it that makes the library an important place? Is it its architectural grandeur that engenders an impression of its cultural import? Is it its inextricability from its primary role as a book collection that generates a conduciveness to scholarship? Is it its history as the cornerstone of egalitarian society that makes the library … Continue reading Designing Connection to Collection
My Gen-Z brain gifted me an eye-opening, isolation-induced epiphany recently: life is relentlessly, unflinchingly episodic.
In the last few months, when people have asked me what I do, I’ve blushed deeply, fumbled with my words, and eventually spluttered in a barely audible whisper: I’m an editor.