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Tuesday 18 April 2017
Arts

upfront and personal with geraldine quinn

Aisling Philippa
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Aisling Philippa discusses ‘Upfront’, the all-female lineup at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, with host Geraldine Quinn. * I’m gonna ask the really obvious question: explain Upfront to someone who’s never heard of it. I think the standard reply when people look puzzled when I say ‘Upfront’ is, ‘It’s the all-female-lineup flagship event’ during the…
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Monday 10 April 2017
Featured

meet the judges of the 2017 rachel funari prize for fiction: sarah kanake

lip magazine
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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to our stellar line-up of judges for the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Today, meet writer Sarah Kanake. * What are you working on in 2017? I have just started my second novel, ‘Lazarus’. It’s set in 1978 (at the close of whaling) in a…
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Tuesday 4 April 2017
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meet the judges of the 2017 rachel funari prize for fiction: lucy adams

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to our stellar line-up of judges for the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Today, meet editor of Voiceworks, Lucy Adams. * What are you working on in 2017? Editing Voiceworks. I’m hatching plans for the year – things Voiceworks has never done before – and…
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Monday 20 March 2017
Arts Featured

meet the judges of the 2017 rachel funari prize for fiction: gabrielle tozer

lip magazine
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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to our stellar line-up of judges for the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Today, meet author and journalist, Gabrielle Tozer. * What are you working on in 2017? I’m tinkering with a middle-grade novel and planning out my fourth YA novel. I’m also busy with…
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Wednesday 8 March 2017
Memoir

memoir: you could be really beautiful if you had some confidence

Sarah Giles
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Loud music, techno-repetitive, rebounded in my head until it stopped making sense. Voices yelling to be heard: Did you hear about that girl? About that guy? Confessions cloaked in the sound of reverb and electronic seizures. I was an intruder, an outsider among my fashionably dressed peers. I made myself small; hiding behind my more…
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Friday 17 February 2017
Featured

self-help, beauty privilege, and the truth about confidence

Rosalind Moran
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Confidence is widely considered an excellent quality. It’s associated with communication skills, social suavity, and success. Studies even show that people possessing strong self-confidence earn more money than their less confident counterparts. Is it any surprise, therefore, that capitalist Western culture in particular places such emphasis on self-esteem? Self-help culture has grown from the notion…
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Thursday 2 February 2017
Arts Feminism Theatre

review: women on the verge

Theertha Muralidhar
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  Tangos, valiant phrases and spirited performances – Women on the Verge is a political act that recreates different phases of female subjugation. In a misogynistic society, women are shamed into keeping male dominated acts of abuse to themselves. The play sums up a lifetime of abuse women undergo wordlessly. The play comprises of four…
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Wednesday 1 February 2017
Featured

an open letter by christine anu to former first lady michelle obama

Christine Anu
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  Dear Michelle Obama, My name is Christine Anu. I come from humble beginnings in the Torres Strait Islands, located off the top of North Queensland, Australia.  Growing up we survived on fish, mango and damper. We had no electricity or money and there was a housing shortage. Domestic violence was rife and there were…
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Friday 20 January 2017
Feminism Opinion

my feminist manifesto

Mia Freund
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I think my first encounter with the word “feminist” was around sixth grade, when a friend of my older brother told me that if I ever wanted a boy to like me, I best not join Feminist Club when I reached high school. At the time, I took his advice seriously. He, a cool high…
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Tuesday 17 January 2017
Arts Books

lip lit: the shape of water

Christina Bulbrook
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With the rigorous research involved and the potential for disagreement and criticism, what could be more difficult than writing the biography of an historical figure? The answer? Writing the life of an historical figure on whom the historical record is completely silent. In the latter case, academic rigour must be balanced against a refined imagination…
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Friday 30 December 2016
Featured Health

carrie fisher and the dark side of medicine

Emily Zinkin
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This year we’ve had to say goodbye to an unprecedented number of well-loved icons, and none have upset me more than the loss of Carrie Fisher. Having grown up on a steady diet of Star Wars, Princess Leia was a childhood hero of mine, and as I grew up Carrie became a hero to me…
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Monday 19 December 2016
Featured

the radical power of hysteria

Aayushi Talwar
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I’m sitting in my room listening to Girlpool. My bed is warm and Alfie, my cat, is curled up in my arms, making my bed even warmer. I lit a candle earlier but the scent wasn’t as strong as I had hoped – everything just smells burnt. I want to talk about hysteria. It’s a…
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Friday 16 December 2016
Featured

smoking hot: why we find self-destructive women so sexy

Vee Naidoo
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At Paris Fashion Week in 2011, supermodel Kate Moss walked down the Louis Vuitton runway while languorously smoking a cigarette. It was No Smoking Day, and Moss, who rose to fame on the back of the heroin-chic trend, was dressed in dark lace, fur and hot pants. Images of her captured on the day reek…
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Friday 9 December 2016
Opinion Politics World

the biggest clinton cover up of all? she didn’t come to fool you

Sabrina Ceol
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On 8 November 2016 I found myself watching the Clinton—Trump showdown from a remote town on the Pacific Coast. In its aftermath I joined the masses in experiencing a carnival of emotions, namely, the overwhelming sensation that I had been sucker-punched. I’m now sitting in a sandy cafe listening to a blonde with a drawling accent…
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