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Books And Dvds

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 10:19am

Take a look at that lineup, won'tcha?

 

Get ready to journey to the picturesque community of St Albans, less than 2 hours north-west of Sydney to rub shoulders with the likes of Jane Caro, Les Murray, Sarah Ferguson, Richard Glover and many more, as you wander the festival precinct of this historic village. In its second year, the festival is set to maintain its community focus...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 1:40pm

Get lost in the Australian writing maze at this year's National Young Writers' Festival as the organisation announces its biggest event to date.

 

The National Young Writers’ Festival is the country’s largest gathering of young and...

Posted 11 Jul 2016 @ 12:29pm

No sleep till Newcastle...

 

This Is Not Art, an annual celebration of, uh, art, is this year inviting punters to 'Get Lost'. That's the theme of the Newcastle Writers' Fest arm of the festival, anyway, with a flock of young authors ranging from Giselle Nguyen to Jennifer Down set to descend on the city for a long weekend full of talks, panels, and impromptu poetry readings....

Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 1:02pm

The NSW Writers' Centre reboots the popular Weird Sydney event this month, heading the launch of its July to December program.

 

Vanessa Berry, Chris Mikul, Peter Doyle and Michael Wayne explore the shadier side of our city in architectural oddities and bizarre histories at the July reprise of the popular program.

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Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 12:21pm

The St Albans Writers' Festival returns to the picturesque village for its second year with a program of over 50 writers and almost 40 events.

 

Announced for the bill are more than 50 of Australia's favourite storytellers including Les Murray, Jane Caro, Stan Grant, Sarah Ferguson and Hugh Mackay.

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Posted 23 Jun 2016 @ 12:15pm

The NSW Writers' Centre offers Australian writers to share work and gather insight as part of the Kids And YA Festival. 

 

The festival features panels, workshops and pitch opportunities for Australian writers to further their interest or career in writing. 

 

The event is directed by children's author Aleesah Darlison and with her are some of Australia's most...

Posted 19 May 2016 @ 12:46pm

Master conspiracy author David Icke is bringing his world tour to Sydney in celebration of the release of his latest book.

 

Icke is at the forefront of authoring books that over the years have aimed to expose hidden political agendas, secret societies, espionage and covert manipulation of the masses. Although much of his work has been labelled as conspiracy theory, several of...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 3:40pm

When you reach a certain level of fame, suddenly everybody on Planet Earth assumes they know you intimately.

 

Certainly that’s how it went for Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, the swaggering, spit-and-soul-soaked renegade best known as the lead singer of Motörhead. But if there’s one thing that Mick Wall’s masterful Lemmy: The Definitive Biography proves, it’s that the real man was much...

Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 12:01pm

The 19th annual Sydney Writers' Festival has just announced its full lineup of international and local authors.

 

This year's Sydney Writers' Festival will feature more than 400 Australian and 60 international writers, poets, illustrators and more giving talks across more than 65 venues, with novelist and perfomer Kate Tempest set to give the opening address.

 

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Posted 16 Mar 2016 @ 4:05pm

The Rolling Stones are no doubt an iconic fixture in contemporary music, with guitarist Keith Richards thought of almost universally as the epitome of rock’n’roll.

 

‘The Human Riff’, ‘Mr. Unhealth’, ‘Keef Riffhard’ and ‘The Cat With Five Strings’ are just some of the many monikers by which Richards has become known. Omnibus Press has recently published a stellar collection of...

Posted 28 Feb 2016 @ 11:00am

Early in Andrew O’Hagan’s 2015 novel, The Illuminations, we are told: “That night … he began to tell a story about himself, a story that never ended.

 

Even after he died the story continued, and became something she added to herself.” Throughout the novel there are scores of vivid and often tragic lines, and O’Hagan’s insight into both the familiar and exotic lives of his...

Posted 21 Feb 2016 @ 11:00am

Alexander McCall Smith has a kind of rumpled gregariousness that makes interviewing him rather difficult.

 

Not that the best-selling novelist isn’t forthcoming; it is more a matter of avoiding complacency, of not allowing yourself to simply close your eyes and let this exceptional storyteller carry you away with tales of Indian literary festivals, of outback graves and magic...

Posted 31 Oct 2015 @ 4:00pm

If you’ve never read The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize, don’t worry; you’re still a good person, provided you’ve at least read Michael Chabon’s second novel, Wonder Boys. If you’ve never read that, then it’s a life half-lived and food likely turns to ash in your mouth.

 

Across eight books, Chabon has created some of the most vibrant...

Posted 30 Oct 2015 @ 12:05pm

Calling all creatives: the New South Wales Writers' Centre is launching its second Creative Non-Fiction Festival, curated by Benjamin Law.

 

The festival is targeted towards aspiring non-fiction writers who wish to develop their skills in a variety of categories including memoir and essay, criticism, profile and biography, science and medicine, opinions and columns, investigative...

Posted 28 Aug 2015 @ 12:39pm

YouTube sensation Natalie Tran and former triple j Breakfast host and comedian Tom Ballard are among the talent featuring at this year's This is Not Art Festival.  

 

A multidisciplinary festival of many guises, TiNA is currently comprised of The National Young Writers Festival, Crack Theatre Festival and Critical Animals. Between them, these three factions have put together a...

Posted 5 Aug 2015 @ 6:00pm

In the world of music (and really, we’re talking every facet of it here – managing, promotion, A&R, touring, living, breathing, showering in music), there are few folk who can claim the versatility and experience of Michael Gudinski. Loved and loathed, he has amassed a reputation as one of the hardest-working figures in Australian entertainment history, with over 40 years of involvement in...

Posted 20 May 2015 @ 12:28pm

Charting the course of our days is an inexact science. The mercurial nature of life and experience seems a gestalt theme for twice Man Booker-nominated author, David Mitchell, whose novels tend to suggest history is formed by many overlapping stories stitched curiously together. I am unabashedly a tremendous fan of his work, and the allure is not simply the strength of his story, but his...

Posted 17 Apr 2015 @ 12:03pm

It’s been a big couple of weeks for pirates (the internet kind) in both Australia and abroad. Game Of Thrones had its first handful of new episodes leaked out into the world, sending fans into an absolute frenzy and igniting torrents around the globe.

 

This all happened just after the Dallas Buyers Club incident – a court case that will either work out to be a scare tactic, a...

Posted 27 Mar 2015 @ 9:29am

More than 400 Australian writers and 45 international guests will descend on Sydney in May for the 2015 edition of the Sydney Writers' Festival.

 

The full program announcement has revealed the theme for this year's event, 'How To Live?', as well as an impressive array of literary talent. Big names include novelist and essayist Mohsin Hamid, who'll give the opening address; H Is...

Posted 23 Mar 2015 @ 6:42pm

An inaugural "walk and talk" event will be held in Surry Hills this April to celebrate the life and work of New Zealand-Australian author Ruth Park.

 

Park's 1948 novel The Harp In The South reflected on the lives of Irish-Australians, Europeans and Chinese immigrants that called the Surry Hills area home in the World War II and post-war era.

 

The event will have...

Posted 12 Dec 2014 @ 10:30am

Australian artist Tom Carment is having his work displayed at a couple of exhibitions this year alongside the release of his latest book.

 

The recognisable scenes of Darlinghurst, Paddington, Kings Cross and more are brought to life through Carment's latest creations. The works are being showcased across two major exhibitions, first at a solo exhibition at King Street Gallery,...

Posted 29 Oct 2014 @ 3:22pm

To celebrate AC/DC’s 40-year recording history, Grand Days Books, Records & Collectables and Old Growler Bar’s is hosting Rock Or Bust In The X, a night dedicated to Acca Dacca.

 

The night is based around the recent book release of The Youngs - The Brothers Who Built AC/DC by local author Jesse Fink and the work of photographer Philip Morris, who documented the band's rise...

Posted 16 Sep 2014 @ 4:12pm

Decorated Australian author Peter Carey will appear in conversation with Jennifer Byrne at the Sydney Opera House this October.

 

The Ideas At The House and Sydney Writers' Festival event sees Carey, the only Australian to have twice won the Man Booker Prize, talking about his career and his new novel, Amnesia. The book explores the relationship between Australia and the US in an...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:55pm

NEW RELEASES

 

As the holiday season slowly creeps towards us, things are finally starting to heat up in the land of video games, with a couple of titles on the horizon that are dying to suck your free time away.

 

First up on September 9 is one of the biggest titles of 2014: Destiny (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox...

Posted 28 Aug 2014 @ 6:25pm

Attention all young writers aged 13-17: the Younger Young Writers' Program (YYWP) is a series of events being held again this year to help you succeed in your career paths. 

 

The YYWP will be starting in September and finishing in November. It will connect writers online and open up the National Young Writers’ Festival for young people unable to attend the October long weekend...

Posted 30 Jul 2014 @ 5:58pm

The 17th annual National Young Writers' Festival, to be held in Newcastle in October, will launch its program in Sydney in August with a special event.

 

Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo and writer Zoya Patel will feature in conversation at Alaska Projects on an evening which also marks the festival program launch. Festival artist and The Checkout presenter Ben Jenkins will...

Posted 20 May 2014 @ 2:25pm

Acclaimed British author Jeanette Winterson OBE will visit the Sydney Opera House as part of her 2014 Australian tour.

 

The writer, poet, journalist and activist is known as one of the most influential voices of our time, having written over 20 books since a turbulent childhood when she was exiled from her community after having a love affair with another woman. She'll visit...

Posted 14 May 2014 @ 11:00am

The month of May means the annual Sydney Writers’ Festival is once again upon us. With literary superstars such as Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and Alice Walker (The Color Purple) in attendance, this celebration of the written word is already tipped to be bigger and better than ever. 

 

The festival’s artistic director, Jemma Birrell, has had what can only be...

Posted 14 May 2014 @ 9:00am

MUSIC DVD OF THE WEEK

Filmed at London’s famous Hammersmith Apollo on December 12, 1993, this never-before-released film captures the behemoth live performance of Dio’s Strange Highways album on the last night of their European tour. 

 

More importantly, it commemorates the 40-plus-year career of the pint-sized grand wizard of metal, Ronnie James Dio, who passed...

Posted 14 Mar 2014 @ 3:15pm

Eccentric, enigmatic, and as Colin Firthy as ever, Eric Lomax is a WW2 veteran with deep trauma that is either fended off by, or tied up in, his obsession with trains. Eric is closed off, far away, and unable to confide in his new wife Patti, played by Nicole Kidman who appears to have hit upon a renaissance of quality performances after The Stoker. They live together by the...

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