Gabrielle O'Hagan reflects on being an introvert in an extrovert-centric world and the effect isolation has had on her as we exit lockdowns.
Claryss Kuan reflects on getting tattoos much to the disapproval of her parents, providing some common reasons for why tattoo stigma is so prevalent in older generations.
Lily Miniken shares her crochet journey and how it has helped her throughout lockdown, throwing in personal anecdotes and a short history of crochet.
Taylor Doyle reminisces about her journey in Japan, Egypt and Morocco and the impact her experiences has had on her today, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic causing her inability to travel.
Claryss Kuan dives into the Facebook group, Subtle Asian Traits, exploring how it has become wildly popular and why we need more shared spaces just like it.
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
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?
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
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.
It was 4:45 p.m. New York time, 7:45 a.m. Melbourne time, when my parents called and said, with an unmistakable tone of disappointment, ‘We think you should come home.’