16 September

New book Dialect gives a voice to refugee and migrant writers

Posted by in Books, News


Refugee and migrant writers make up the team behind Dialect, a collection of stories published by Express Media that give insight and perspective into the lives and experiences of its writers.

Edited by Kat Muscat (Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow) and designed by Elwyn Murray, Dialect was born from Global Express, a year-long writing program held by Alia Gabres from the Footscray Community Arts Centre to give minority members of society a chance to be heard.

The 134-page book contains a diverse assortment of writing styles ranging from poetry to micro-fiction to articles, which mirror the diversity of the stories and writers themselves. The dynamic collection weaves through stories with different themes, tones and forms that all contain one unifying similarity; an honest voice with a story to tell.

With titles such as ‘How to be a More Confident Immigrant’ and ‘A Fear of Metamorphosis’, a few from the collection, as well as a series of printed artworks, Dialect allows you to walk a mile in another’s shoes in this very unique and visual work.… Read more

18 July

Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 program announced today

Helen Garner

When you’ve got Australian literary giant Helen Garner (above) delivering the opening address and McSweeney’s prodigy Dave Eggers wrapping things up with the closing speech, you can be pretty sure that the 29th Melbourne Writers Festival is going to be rather special.

Some of the big-hitters – including Sir Salman Rushdie and YouTube-famous astronaut Chris Hadfield – were announced earlier this month. The rest have just been released, and there’s over 400 authors participating in the ten-day program.

Taking the reins for the second year, Festival Director Lisa Dempster has put together a literary lineup that’s diverse, contemporary and international. Masha Gessenauthor of Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot will talk about her book and her own LGBT activism in Russia. Meg Wolitzer, American author of recent bestselling novel The Interesting will discuss the difficulties women face when writing about family and marriage and Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo will open up about her coming of age debut novel We Need New Names – the first novel by a black African woman to make the Man Booker Prize shortlist.… Read more

5 June

Game of Thrones goes burlesque

Dames of Throne

We know what you’re thinking. How in all the seven kingdoms of Westeros can our favourite show get any better? The answer is with live song performances, acrobatics and sensual burlesque.

Be prepared, Melbourne: winter is coming.

Brought to us by Russall S Beattie – creative director of Sydney’s live venue Vanguard – Dames of Throne is a parody performance that is set to get you hotter than wildfire. His past shows include the Empire Strips Back and Batman Follies. In true GoT style, Dames of Throne contains strong nudity and gore (would you expect anything else, especially in light of the eye-popping events of late?). Maybe don’t bring Nana along to this one.

The inspiration for the show is largely drawn from the TV series, but through the sexy performance, you’ll see your favourite characters in a new light. That said, the costumes are so spot-on that you’ll think you’ve been transported to King’s Landing.… Read more

4 June

Find the best yoga in Melbourne


The yoga world is terribly complex. Some studios offer more than 300 classes every week, some others 20 different yoga styles. But there’s a new book that sifts through it all for you. The BEST of YOGA team has spent six months researching hundreds of classes in Melbourne, has gathered feedback from countless local yogis and didn’t mind the 5am wake up calls to find out where’s the really great yoga in Melbourne.

Here are Melbourne’s most weird and wonderful yoga experiences

1. Immerse yourself in a“soul massage”- during a singing bowl meditation at Ohana Yoga in Albert Park

2. Float through your practice like you’ve never done it before, following the innovative and unique fusion of Yoga and Tai Chi at SomaChi in South Yarra or at the brand new Collingwood studio

3. Watch the world upside down while suspended in gorgeous silks at the airy and spacious Body Flow Yoga studio in Windsor

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28 March

SNAP Sharpies’ Urban Folklore

SNAP Cover FINAL (3)If your knowledge of Melbourne’s Sharpie culture extends to that clip of kids dancing to Daddy Cool’s ‘Eagle Rock’, read on. Julie Mac has become something of the go-to expert, having now written her second book on the lost teenage subculture. SNAP, Sharpies’ Urban FolkloreAustralia 1952-1987, is the follow up to 2010’s  RAGE: A Sharpie’s Journal – Melbourne 1974 to 1980. By documenting her memories and those of her peers at the time – the gangs were largely from Frankston, Reservoir, Thomastown and other unlovely suburban outposts – Julie Mac has been at the centre of many a reunion get-together, with Sharpie bands such as La Femme providing the music. You can read more about Julie Mac’s Sharpie books here. And don’t miss the Time Out feature on Richmond’s Staggers Jeans – no Sharpie would have been seen dead without a pair.… Read more