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Wednesday 26 August 2015
Arts Books

melbourne writers festival 2015: women writing film

Jade Bate
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This year’s Melbourne Writers Festival kicked off on 21 August with a whole day dedicated especially to discussing women in the media and female writers. One of the events was Women Writing Film, in which Filmme Fatales editor Brodie Lancaster and film critic Rebecca Harkins-Cross discussed the role of women in film, both in front…
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Thursday 30 July 2015
Books

lip lit: h is for hawk

Jess Miller
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Earlier this year I was working at the Auckland Writer’s Festival where Helen Macdonald was promoting her critically acclaimed memoir H is for Hawk. So far it’s snapped up both the Costa Book of the Year and the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. But as I glimpsed her signing books, at the front of a…
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Tuesday 28 July 2015
Books

lip lit: in the unlikely event

Bridget Conway
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[This review contains spoilers] Judy Blume is a well-known American author famous for novels such as Are You There God? It’s me Margaret, and Superfudge. I consider Blume to be the voice of my American, teenage girl upbringing. She’s both an uplifting yet incredibly honest writer; truly an inspiration to read then and now. So…
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Monday 20 July 2015
Books Featured

is it ethical to read harper lee’s ‘go set a watchman’?

Lauren Strickland
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There’s a very good chance that Harper Lee never meant for you to read this book. This is an important fact to bear in mind when considering cracking the spine of Go Set A Watchman, the “sequel” to Lee’s classic 55-year-old novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. It is a fact that I didn’t know when…
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Monday 20 July 2015
Books Opinion Sexuality

grey matter: reshaping female sexuality and erotica

Eden Faithfull
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None of us will ever know how many private moments under the bed sheets with a book light it has inspired, nor do we know how much marital boredom it has enlivened with riding crops and silk ties, but the new wonder-product otherwise known as the “women’s Viagra” of our time, Fifty Shades of Grey,…
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Tuesday 23 June 2015
Books

lip lit: tender

Katerina Bryant
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Belinda McKeon captivatingly examines youth and sexuality in her second novel, set in late ’90s Ireland. Tender focuses on a loving turned obsessive friendship between Catherine and James, recent arrivals to Dublin from their respective rural communities. Catherine is studying English and art history at Trinity College Dublin while James is pursuing his dreams of…
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Friday 19 June 2015
Books

lip lit: in real life

Coco McGrath
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If you’ve ever overanalysed a Facebook friend request, celebrated an increase in Twitter followers or agonised over the time elapsed from when a message was “seen” to a reply sent, then In Real Life is the book for you. Beguiling and affecting, Chris Killen’s latest novel examines human connections both online and IRL. In 2004…
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Sunday 7 June 2015
Arts Books

margot mcgovern: lip writer and text prize shortlistee

lip magazine
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Margot McGovern is a Lip book reviewer and emerging author. Her manuscript, Neverland, was selected in the 2015 Text Prize Shortlist.  Lip had a chat to Margot about her story, writing, and why writing YA novels is the best kind of writing.  Tell us about your novel.  Neverland is the story of Kit Learmonth, a…
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Wednesday 27 May 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: girls will be girls

Jess Miller
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  Many people will recall the appearance of Emer O’Toole on This Morning in 2012, where she participated in a friendly debate over the importance of shaving body hair. For those who haven’t seen it, you can watch it here.  This video went viral, and O’Toole’s surprise at her fame led to the writing of…
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Tuesday 28 April 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: the dangerous bride

Jasmine Jean Martin
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‘Polyamory is a claim that the heart is capable of loving more than one person deeply and intimately at the same time,’ wrote Anne Hunter in Archer Magazine. ‘Poly relationships are often sexual but may not be, and they may shift in and out of being romantic and sexual.’ In her article, she discusses the…
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Tuesday 21 April 2015
Books

lip lit: hot little hands

Donna Lu
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  Watching Lena Dunham’s Girls for the first time was an edifying experience. A large part of the show’s appeal for me—and perhaps for countless other teenagers and women in their early twenties—is its flawed and often hapless characters, who are relatable precisely because of their faults.  Here was Hannah Horvath: podgy, solipsistic beyond help,…
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Thursday 9 April 2015
Arts Books Health

lip lit: on immunity

Raelke Grimmer
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The vaccination debate heated up again recently when in March four-week old Riley Hughes died from whooping cough in Perth. Riley was too young to have had the whooping cough vaccine and therefore relied on the immunity of those around him to protect him from the disease. With a growing number of parents choosing not to…
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Wednesday 1 April 2015
Arts Books

lip lit: one life: my mother’s story

Christina Bulbrook
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  The woman behind the counter jiggles the baby on her hip. The child is red-faced and crying. Customers smile sympathetically as the woman tries to serve them and placate him. She had no choice in the matter. The daycare is closed today. There is no one at home who can care for her son. Thus…
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Thursday 26 March 2015
Arts Books

Lip lit: the first bad man

Margot McGovern
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Miranda July sees the world askew. In her work as a writer, filmmaker and visual artist, she peeks behind exterior lives to look at the secret inner world. Though often unsettling, her work emboldens the meek and celebrates the weird. Preceded by her award-winning short story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You (2007),…
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