A fantastic reading list via Electric Literature — 34 exciting prose books coming out this year that happen to be written by women of colour.

34 Books by Women of Color to Read This Year

For almost 40 years, Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and author, has been opening our eyes about body image and society. In this podcast, Susie joins Caroline Baum to talk about body image in today’s society — where selfies are king, retouching is the norm, and the idea of perfection is as narrow as ever.
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SWF Podcast: Susie Orbach — Fat is Still a Feminist Issue

One for those with an interest in screenwriting: the legendary director behind 'Charlie's Country' and 'Bad Boy Bubby' gives an illuminating insight into how he works.
Via Screen Australia.

Director Rolf de Heer on a changing industry

Writers, artists and creative types of all description are encouraged to apply to be part the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia's 2017 Zine Fair. Applications to be part of this vibrant event are due by 19 February — find out more below.

Last chance: 2017 MCA Zine Fair stallholders

According to a recent study, almost a fifth of readers find that fiction seeps into their daily existence, with the voices of fictional characters staying with them even when they weren't reading. Some participants said it was as if a character "had started to narrate my world".

Fictional characters make 'experiential crossings' into real life, study finds

Bored? Try a little Balzac. Broken hearted? There's a Bronte for that. Meet Susan Elderkin, the author, critic and journalist who is helping pioneer the radical new technique of bibliotherapy. You present your symptoms; your trusted bibliotherapist prescribes your literary remedy. Discover why reading really is the best medicine.
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Sydney Writers' Festival podcast: Susan Elderkin — The Novel Cure

A fascinating article on language, learning and translation, via The Millions.

Lydia Davis and Jhumpa Lahiri Learn New Languages - The Millions

Writers and artists are especially vulnerable to censorship, harassment, imprisonment and even death, because of what they do. They represent the liberating gift of the human imagination and give voice to thoughts, ideas, debate and critique, disseminated to a wide audience. Julian Burnside QC speaks to Xu Zhiyuan, Indian authors Samanth Subramanian and Deepti Kapoor, and North Korean...
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SWF Podcast — Writers In Danger

Discover the twelve books on The Stella Prize Longlist for 2017, by some of Australia's most exceptional women writers.
Via The Guardian.

Stella prize 2017: 'urgent national issues' dominate longlist of Australian women writers

"I like reading women who write cruelly. It's not something that we're supposed to do — and of course it's a huge part of us, as big a part as it is of men."
Read an interview with Eimear McBride, a guest of the 2014 Sydney Writers Festival and author of 'A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing' and 'The Lesser Bohemians'.

Eimear McBride Is Not Afraid of Cruelty

Would you like to be involved in the 2017 Sydney Writers' Festival? We are now recruiting a team of 280 volunteers to help stage our annual weeklong Festival of inspiring author talks and thought-provoking conversations. Our volunteers are essential to the success of each Festival and we'd love you to be part of the team.
For more information, click below. Applications close Friday 10 March.

Volunteer applications for 2017 are now open

On the blog, we recommend Susan Faludi's memoir of her father 'In The Darkroom' and Ken Liu, Author's startlingly original anthology 'The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories'.

What we’re reading pt. 19

"That's how we build a better society – by responding to bad behaviour with good behaviour; by responding to ugliness with beauty; by responding to treachery with integrity; by responding to lies with truth."
Read a thought-provoking essay by Hugh Mackay, a guest of the 2016 Sydney Writers' Festival, and revisit his talk on finding meaning without religion below.
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Hugh Mackay: the state of the nation starts in your street

The Queer Screen - Mardi Gras Film Festival program is here! With over 60 LGBTIQ films on sale now, it's going to be one bright summer.

For more information and to book tickets, click here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
One futurist, one Google creative director and one podcast host explore the infinite possibilities of technology in the future. Are we reaching the limits of connectedness? What are the major shifts, technologically, ethically and socially, that will play out online in the next ten years? Richard Watson, T.L. Uglow and PJ Vogt get caught up in the world wide web of possibilities with Jamila...
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SWF Podcast: Have We Reached Peak Internet?

"New genres and sub-genres of writing have boomed during my watch, from erotica (much of it strangely sado-masochistic) and rural romance to a plethora of political memoir and biography (though only a few sell well)."
The Sydney Morning Herald Literary Editor Susan Wyndham reflects on 20 years of covering Australian books, reading habits and literary festivals.

Between the lines

In 2015, Nate Marshall and Jamila Woods won two of Poetry (magazine)'s prestigious fellowships for young American poets. Jamila and Nate are not only gifted writers but also keen educators, activists and leaders in their communities. Here, they speak with Poetry editor Don Share.
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SWF Podcast: New American Poetry

Don't miss Russ the Story Bus at Circular Quay tomorrow!
The Sydney Festival is now in its last week, and it's going to be a big one. From Symphony Under The Stars to The Beach at Barangaroo, there are a host of events, performances and art to experience.

Thanks to our friends at Sydney Festival, you're invited to enjoy $23 tickets to Ivan Coyote's show 'Tomboy Survival Guide' — a fearless, wry-humoured and tender insight into gender issues,...
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Sydney Festival 2017

Photographers and Francophiles are invited to enter the second edition of Alliance Française Sydney's NSW-wide "Dis Moi Dix Mots" photo competition.

To enter, submit your photographic representation of one of ten French words and you’ll be in the running to win a trip for two to New Caledonia or $1000 cash. Find out what the ten words are and enter the competition below. Bonne chance!

Alliance Francaise de Sydney Photo Competition