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'Every year, I stay in the same cabin at the beach with my family, and every year Chicken Smith's here too, with his Dad and his dog, Jelly. But this year, something's different.' As we hang on the words of the narrator, we learn of the legendary Chicken Smith and the beachside town that has been the backdrop to their school-holiday adventures for years. But will Chicken Smith turn up this year? Or will a friendship of a different kind blossom. A story about childhood friendship, the inevitability of change and the magic of anticipation.
Lenny's younger brother has a rare form of gigantism and while Lenny's fiercely protective, it isn't always easy being the sister of 'the giant'. A book about finding good in the bad that will break your heart while raising your spirits in the way that only a classic novel can.
Lottie is fascinated with death. She collects birds, lizards and other small dead animals she finds, trying preserve them, to hold onto the life they once had. Her aunt tries to put a stop to this worrying obsession, but her father can see a scientist's mind at work, and he introduces her to the art of taxidermy. The beauty and tenderness Lottie finds in her preserved creatures provide a way for her to feel close to the mother she lost. An exquisitely imagined verse novel about sadness, and the way art can help us make sense of it all.
In Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, Sonam's world is dark and silent. Then one day, she follows a magical melodious sound to a walled garden, and her world is silent no more. The sound is music, and it lifts her up amongst the stars and takes her deeper than the tree roots in the earth. How can she hold on to this feeling in a world where music is forbidden? A lyrical fable-like story by the well-known musician, author and broadcaster Eddie Ayres, about the irrepressible power of music.
On the anniversary of United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) a unique group performs an ancient song cycle to help...
Adam's life has been ruined by war...A veteran of the Iraq conflict who has suffered such extensive bodily trauma that he can only really survive by means of a mechanical skeleton. Marianna's has been ruined by men...A woman who has had to flee the country after her husband lied to the wrong people. John Philip's by too much money...Until he receives a surprise inheritance in the evening of his own life. Rodney Hall presents the story of three people experiencing a period of life they never thought possible, and, perhaps, should never have been granted at all...
The Land of Dreams tells the story of how Australians became a free people, gaining the liberties they desired to take control of their own lives, the right to govern themselves and the capacity to address their own political problems through democratic institutions. It reveals how Australians laid the foundations for one of the world's most successful countries, with unprecedented levels of personal liberty and social equality. It required a brilliant political campaign and from it Australia gained a national identity and political leaders who would write their constitutions, introduce...
The Community Heritage Grants program aims to preserve and provide access to locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections across Australia.
Discover more about the titles shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards today.
The Indigenous Unit of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) has launched a podcast series which provides insights into...
The Australia Council for the Arts is calling for nominations for its national awards with nominations closing 1 October 2019.
In this sumptuous story of exploration and breaking boundaries, a young girl uncovers her very own freedom machine—a vehicle that carries her to all kinds of wondrous places. A poetic and visual feast from talented debut author Kirli Saunders and multi-award winning illustrator Matt Ottley.
Viva the Real is Jill Jones' eleventh book of poetry. It is lyrical, haunting and urgent. The poems explore body and place through a lively mix of the playfully inventive and more formal poetic forms, and celebrates resilience and continuity in ordinary experience in ways that are intimate, comic and elegiac.
'Cicada work in tall building. Data entry clerk. Seventeen year. No sick day. No mistake. Tok Tok Tok!' Cicada works in an office, dutifully toiling day after day for unappreciative bosses and being bullied by his coworkers. But one day, cicada goes to the roof of the building, and something truly extraordinary happens ... A story for anyone who has ever felt unappreciated, overlooked or overworked, from Australia's most acclaimed picture book creator.
Dancing in Shadows explores the power of Indigenous performance pitted against the forces of settler colonisation. Historian Anna Haebich documents how the Nyungar people of Western Australia strategically and courageously adapted their rich performance culture to survive the catastrophe that engulfed them, and generously share their culture, history and language in theatre.
On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the strange puzzle of his mind. It is also the story of fire in this country, and of a community that owed its existence to that very element. A powerful real-life thriller written with lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.
Axiomatic is a boundary-shifting fusion of thinking and storytelling which takes as its starting point five axioms. These beliefs about the role the past plays in our present are often evoked as if they are timeless and self-evident truths. It's precisely because they are neither, yet still we are persuaded by them, that they tell us a great deal about the forces that shape our culture and the way we live. More than eight long years in the making, and utilising her time as a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow, Axiomatic actively seeks to reset the non-fiction form in Australia.
A stunning mix of memoir, reportage, fiction, satire, and critique composed by a powerful new voice in poetry. Alison Whittaker's Blakwork is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge; an incomprehensible loss, and the poet's fearless examination of the present. Whittaker is unsparing in the interrogation of familiar ideas—identifying and dissolving them with idiosyncratic imagery, layering them to form new connections, and reinterpreting what we know.
Singer songwriter Tenzin Choegyal draws on his Tibetan roots to create original compositions in language which uniquely express his culture.
International museum and modern art professionals will meet over three days at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney this November.