Saturday, 23 August 2014

Seeking Asylum: Mark Isaacs, Pamela Curr and Baqir Khan in Conversation with Peter Mares

By Cassandra Chilcott

Australia’s perception of those seeking asylum has been shaped via the scrounging of votes in political elections and the filtering of information through the media. Access to the places where asylum keepers are kept, such as the notorious Nauru detention centre, is near impossible to gain; the conditions of the centre kept secret from all, except those inside.

Book Passage: Travel Writing Masterclass with Don George

By Octavia Spartels

According to Don George, “passion connection” is a condensed expression of a journey compressed into one or two words. Emerging from our five hour intensive masterclass, "cathartic" is the only word that sums up the journey we have just undertaken. George's warmth enveloped our session illuminating the subtle, serendipitous nature of travel writing better than even the most unseasonably bright Melbourne day could.  He didn't miss a beat. Pretty good for a guy fresh off the red eye from San Francisco.

What I learned About Love From Reading

By Chloe Watson

Love as aspirations… as perversions… as friendships.

American novelist Meg Wolitzer and newly published Australian writer Emily Bitto hit a few soft spots in their discussion: What I Learned About Love From Reading.