1 November

Little Big Town: a journey through Melbourne’s laneways

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Jaime Murcia’s Little Big Town takes readers on a journey through Melbourne’s famous little streets and laneways, probably as you’ve seen them before, but not quite.

With over twenty years experience, Murcia captures the nooks and crannies; the street art, cafes, clubs, people and of course laneways of Melbourne into a fascinating record of time and place of a rapidly growing city.

From stunning aerial shots of the city to images various street art and street signs, Murcia turns what could be seen as mundane into a stunning collection of photos, allowing readers to look at Melbourne’s laneways from every angle. Split into three sections, Work/ Play, Culture/ Subculture and Light/Shadow, Little Big Town highlights a range of moments from the everyday. From people in conversation, sitting outside and inside cafes, walking down streets and in shadowed alleyways throughout all sections. In Culture/ Subculture, impressive images of the street art that engulf Melbourne’s laneways are featured, giving a look into the creation and deformation of what brings the walls of the laneways alive.… Read more

18 October

Dee Nolan book launch at Cutler & Co

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Dee Nolan is an award-winning journalist and editor who began her career in Melbourne. Not only is she passionate about writing, but farming and produce also. In her new culinary travel book, A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to France, Nolan is able to use her interviewing skills to investigate first-handedly about the food cultures of regional France.

Such is the effect of Earl Carter’s picturesque photography in this beautiful 400-page hardback book, that you’ll feel as though you are looking out a train window as it cuts through the golden French countryside and beyond. Along the way you’ll visit the slopes of Burgundy that are conservatively dressed in vines. It is here in the valleys and to the west of the Saône River where, Nolan will show you, the most famous wines are produced, the Burgundies.

Nolan didn’t just take in the breathtaking sights but immersed herself in the culture, visiting local markets with some of France’s greatest chefs, cooking timeless classic recipes in home kitchens and strolling beside farmers as they take their cattle to the high pasture.… Read more

16 September

New book Dialect gives a voice to refugee and migrant writers

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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

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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

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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