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Wednesday 12 March 2014
Books

lip lit: tiddas

Lou Heinrich
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Anita Heiss, prolific author and Aboriginal activist, was in 2009 accused by columnist Andrew Bolt of being one of a group of ‘political aborigine[s]‘: white people who claim to be black. Bolt decided that Heiss only identified as a ‘member of the Wiradjuri nation’ to nab top jobs reserved for Indigenous people (disregarding her high…
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Wednesday 5 March 2014
Books

lip lit: suki

Lauren Strickland
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Suki, at first glance, seems to be about very little. The new novel from fabulist Suniti Namjoshi has a minuscule cast of characters: for most of the tale there’s just a narrator—the unnamed, author-analogue ‘S’—and a subject—S’s cat and the titular Suki. S is a writer of fables and poetry who spends her days scribbling…
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Wednesday 15 January 2014
Books

lip lit: dunger

Raelke Grimmer
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I recently spent five nights in what felt like the middle of nowhere, with no phone reception and no internet. Okay, so phone reception was just a ten minute drive up a hill if I needed it, but I found I didn’t, unlike some of the other adults I was staying with. Usually, teenagers are…
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Wednesday 11 December 2013
Books

lip lit: :etchingsmelb 12

Lauren Strickland
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For all the many thousands of words that make up the twelfth volume of :etchingsmelb, there is one word that perfectly sums it up: eclectic. The latest iteration of the literary journal skips merrily from the collage of Australiana that is the opening short story by Simonne Michelle-Wells, ‘Under a Dreaming Sky’, all the way…
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Thursday 14 November 2013
Books

lip lit: snake bite

Veronica Sullivan
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Christie Thompson’s debut novel  relates contemporary Australian adolescence with brutal honesty. As her characters come of age in the grimy outer suburbs of Canberra in 2009, they manifest all the ennui and self-sabotage of the teen years. 17-year-old Jez is bored and disaffected. Her days in a suburb on the fringes of the national capital…
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Wednesday 23 October 2013
Books

books you should have read by now: as i lay dying

Camilla Patini
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Okay, so I once tweeted that any Faulkner novel was most certainly pretentious artwank at its finest but, in fact, I secretly quite like Faulkner’s novels. Specifically, I quite like As I Lay Dying, first published in 1930. (I am cursing that I do not live in New York because James Franco—*swoons, suppresses inner fangirl*—has…
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Wednesday 16 October 2013
Books

lip lit: apple tree yard

Margot McGovern
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Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard is the story of a smart woman who does a bad thing, and, for fear of revealing her indiscretion, finds herself implicated in a far worse crime. Yvonne Carmichael is a scientist at the top of her field, a mother of two grown children and a model wife, that is…
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Thursday 24 January 2013
Arts Books

lip lit: Skagboys

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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Skagboys is the latest offering from Irvine Welsh, who burst onto the literary scene with the notorious Trainspotting (1993). Skagboys revisits the characters of Trainspotting, trailing them on a manic journey into the Edinburgh’s drug scene. Welsh describes it as a “why” book, investigating the characters, relationships and the broader society that the characters inhabit….
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Sunday 20 January 2013
Arts Books

lip lit: the convent

Lou Heinrich
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Does any women have complete power over her choices? The agency and reproductive rights of women come into question in Maureen McCarthy’s YA novel The Convent. McCarthy writes in her “Author’s Note”: ‘History is so often told from the male point of view, with the female experience either ignored or trivialised.’ In The Convent, she…
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Thursday 20 December 2012
Arts Books

lip lit: The Children

Alexandra Storey
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Ida Jessen is a popular and award-winning Danish author whose 2009 work, The Children, has recently been published in English. Beginning in 1992, The Children opens with recently divorced Solvej renting a house in isolated Hvium so she can be with her daughter, Christiane.  While Solvej is eager to find a place to belong, her…
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Thursday 6 September 2012
Featured

interview: kat muscat, voiceworks editor

Ruby Mahoney
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It’s less than two weeks until our One Night Stand with Voiceworks! This week we interviewed Editor Kat Muscat about young writers, indie publishing and what Voiceworks is looking for. Voiceworks in two words? Here 2 Stay (see what I did there?). Why should we read Voiceworks – what makes it so awesome? All of the…
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Friday 16 December 2011
Books

lip lit: tahereh mafi, shatter me

Bianca Bozzi
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I can already hear most of you groaning: ‘Oh great, another supernatural romance…’ Although it is another supernatural romance for the young adult market, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi actually has a great concept of a dark and dystopian world, in a similar vein as Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden and recent…
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Thursday 11 June 2009
Books

lip’s first fiction anthology: call out for submissions!

Zoya Patel
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Calling all writers! lip magazine, your resident indie mag for young women invites YOU to submit to their first ever, highly exciting fiction anthology, ‘Harvest’! And to make it even more fun, we’ve themed it with the appropriately ambiguous topic of ‘One’. Whether it’s a poem to your one true love, an attempt at capturing…
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Tuesday 9 September 2008
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fiction: boycotting air

lip magazine
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boycotting air by Emma Coaldrake its 3am and i am not quite certain whether or not i’m on the correct side of the mirror. i do not remember if i am right or left handed. if the moonlight trickling in through my bedroom window is casting peculiar shadows on the wall or if it’s a…
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