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Wednesday 22 January 2020
Arts News

YA author steph bowe remembered as a “beautiful human”

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The Lip team is saddened to learn of the recent death of Australian YA author, Steph Bowe, from complications related to T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma, which she was diagnosed with in April 2019. She was 25. Steph published her first novel, Boy Meets Girl, at just sixteen years old and went on to publish two…
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Wednesday 22 January 2020
Life Memoir Opinion Sexuality

the problem with desire

Frankie Van Kan
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  The room spun around me, blurring the faces that stared out at me from all directions. I reached for the wall to steady myself and realised too late I’d missed the mark. My body fell to the floor. Ashley laughed at me and continued her drunken dance to Arrested Development’s Mr Wendal. From my…
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Tuesday 12 November 2019
Arts Books

lip lit: guest house for young widows: among the women of ISIS

Aisling Philippa
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Journalist-cum-author Azadeh Moaveni commands a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Middle Eastern politics and ideology, and it shines in her latest offering, Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS. This narrative non-fiction is written as a pastiche of sorts, vividly painting a picture of the journeys many Muslim women followed…
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Friday 23 August 2019
Arts Theatre

helping hands: a powerful message about autism

Charlie Osborne
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Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to see the show Helping Hands. Held in the La Mama Courthouse black box space, it created a vivid picture of some aspects of living as an autistic person in an allistic—not autistic—society. Not only was it compelling and entertaining, but it was also incredibly informative on the…
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Monday 15 July 2019
Arts

meet the winners of the 2019 rachel funari prize for fiction: 1st place, “limpet teeth” by jane o’sullivan

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Jane O’Sullivan’s story, Limpet Teeth, won the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Here’s a Q&A with Jane, plus her award-winning story! * Congratulations on winning this year’s RFP for Fiction, Jane! Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you? I work as an art writer so I spend a lot of time interviewing…
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Monday 15 July 2019
Arts

meet the winners of the 2019 rachel funari prize for fiction: 2nd place, “the body remembers” by rae white

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Rae White’s story, The Body Remembers, placed second in the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Here’s a Q&A with Rae, plus their award-winning story! Congratulations on placing 2nd in this year’s RFP for Fiction, Rae! Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you? I’m a non-binary writer (primarily a poet) and I edit…
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Monday 15 July 2019
Arts

meet the winners of the 2019 rachel funari prize for fiction: 3rd place, “how to cook pho” by emily dang

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Emily Dang’s story, How to Cook Pho, placed third in the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Here’s a Q&A with Emily, plus her award-winning story! * Congratulations on placing 3rd in this year’s RFP for Fiction, Emily! Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you? Thank you! I’m a young Vietnamese-Australian writer, artist…
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Sunday 30 June 2019
Featured Memoir

this is where women come to hide: my experience of homelessness as a result of domestic violence

Sarah Thompson
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CN: domestic violence, homelessness On a rainy winter’s afternoon, I stuffed as many of the clothes I owned into a tired, oversized blue and red laundry bag. One handle had busted off, and the zipper was long gone. I lugged it down the concrete stairs of the apartment I was living in like a dead…
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Wednesday 26 June 2019
Arts

the 2019 rachel funari prize for fiction: the winners announced!

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We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is Jane O’Sullivan for her story Limpet Teeth. Jane receives a $1000 cash prize, a 12-month membership to Kill Your Darlings, and a collection of books courtesy of our sponsors. The 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction was judged…
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Monday 17 June 2019
Featured Opinion

why i’ll never regret my abortion

Sarah Thompson
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In 2009 I broke the law in NSW and had an abortion. It was not a decision I made lightly. I discovered I was pregnant and carrying the child of my then-boyfriend, who was someone I deeply cared for. But we weren’t in love. At 27, I was at an age when many women I…
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Wednesday 12 June 2019
Arts Featured

the 2019 rachel funari prize for fiction: the shortlist

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The Lip Team is thrilled to announce the shortlist of the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. A huge thank you to everyone who sent us their stories – you made our job tough this year! We extend our congratulations to all shortlisted entrants. Inheritance – Elizabeth Flux How to Cook Pho – Emily Dang…
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Tuesday 23 April 2019
Books

giveaway: the doll factory by elizabeth macneal

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The Doll Factory is the intoxicating story of a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the man whose obsession may destroy her world for ever. The Doll Factory, the debut novel by Elizabeth Macneal, is a powerful story of art, obsession and possession. London. 1850. The Great Exhibition is being erected in…
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Monday 15 April 2019
Life

why you should never move for a man (and why I did it anyway)

Amelia Wasserman
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They say women should never make a relationship their entire life. They say we should have our own friends, hobbies and careers and shouldn’t look to a man for financial gain or to complete our lives like the final piece in a complicated jigsaw puzzle. They say that when two people come together it should…
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Monday 1 April 2019
Arts Books Featured

meet the judges of the 2019 rachel funari prize for fiction: melanie joosten

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to our stellar line-up of judges for the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Today, meet author, Melanie Joosten.  * The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction calls for stories by women, female-identifying and non-binary writers. What’s your view on diverse representation in publishing? Publishers need to do…
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