Gabrielle Zevin wins Goodreads Choice best fiction award

Los Angeles based American author Gabrielle Zevin has won the Best Fiction award in the 2022 Goodreads Choice Awards, with her latest novel Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, which was published by Penguin Random House earlier this year: On a bitter-cold day, in the December o … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Acting is not a glamorous career says Russell Crowe

New Zealand born Australian actor Russell Crowe, also president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, speaking at the AACTA Awards this evening: “The perception of glamour is merely a marketing tool that we take advantage of when it suits us. The reality of a c … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Elvis directed by Baz Luhrmann wins eleven AACTA Awards

Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has cleaned up at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, held at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion tonight, with his latest feature Elvis. Among the eleven ACCTA Awards haul for the Elvis Presley biopic, were best director, … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Half of Australian mid career artists considering career change

A recent survey of the Australian arts sector (PDF) reveals that slightly over half of mid-career artists are either considering leaving the arts, or are already retraining, so they can take up work in another sector all together. Low rates of remuneration appear to be prompting … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Australian government to review copyright enforcement laws

Mark Dreyfus, the Australian attorney-general, says he will conduct a review of Australian copyright laws to ensure the income of artists is maintained, and copyright protections align with changes in technology that now allow the work of artists to be accessed across multiple pl … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Never revisit your past that includes NaNoWriMo manuscripts

British journalist and writer Tim Jonze on participating in NaNoWriMo 2021, meeting the fifty-thousand word target in the requisite thirty days of November, and then… reading the work — for the first time — a year later: Well, it’s been a year since NaNoWriMo. Could this book rea … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Vale Australian poet Antigone Kefala

Antigone Kefala, an Australian poet of Greek-Romanian heritage, died on Sunday 4 December 2022, aged 92. Kefala was only two weeks ago named winner of 2022 Patrick White literary award. | Continue reading | 11 months ago

A return to blogging RSS and blogrolls for content discovery

While I’m not one hundred percent sure we’re entering the end-days of social media, some recent talk of a resurgence in blogging, and a return to using RSS for content discovery, is encouraging. It’s kind of the web I know the best. But like anyone else, I can be found on the soc … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Literary authors are among the lowest paid Australian writers

The recently released results of a survey of Australian authors and writers make for sobering reading. If you’re considering a writing career, you ought to sit down before reading on. With rare exceptions, most Australian authors need at least one other job to make their writing … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Storywizard an AI for creating instant kids bedtime stories

Somewhat related to my last post… Storywizard is a generative AI story creation app, that composes bedtime stories for children, complete with images, in real time. We all have vivid imaginations and great ideas, but it’s not easy to express them and put them into writing. We bui … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Could AI technologies be the end of writers and bloggers?

For a long time it was believed the inevitable rise of automation technologies would bring about the end of repetitive and labour intensive jobs. Warehouse workers, drivers, and filing clerks would need to re-skill if they weren’t to be left unemployed. But as digital and AI tech … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Alcyoneus a sixteen million light year long radio galaxy

Image courtesy of A Owen. Alcyoneus, a galaxy located some three and a half billion light years from Earth, at over sixteen million light years in length, is — without putting too finer a point on it — staggeringly huge. Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, at a mere one hundred thous … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

The Booker Prize World Cup 2022

If football/soccer isn’t your thing, but you love the thrill of elimination contests involving novels, you could always take a look at the Booker Prize World Cup: We’ve selected, entirely arbitrarily, 16 winning books from the Booker Prize’s 53-year history, with each author repr … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Viva Magenta 18-1750 is the Pantone colour of the year 2023

When I used to work in the web design shop, the announcement of the Pantone Colour of the Year was always highly anticipated. Mainly because everyone hoped their personal favourite colour would be chosen. It never happened to me, but I wasn’t fazed, there’s seldom a COTY I don’t … | Continue reading | 12 months ago

For a hard boiled brew try deep fried coffee beans

Instead of roasting some coffee beans, the more usual process for preparing beans for brewing, British coffee connoisseur James Hoffmann decided to deep fry a batch. Like Hoffmann, I was unsure why anyone would actually, or ever want to, deep dry coffee beans, but his experiment … | Continue reading | 12 months ago

Gaslighting named Merriam-Webster dictionary word of 2022

Hopefully by making gaslighting their word of the year of 2022, online dictionary Merriam-Webster increases awareness of the the insidious practice: Psychological manipulation of a person usually over an extended period of time that causes the victim to question the validity of t … | Continue reading | 12 months ago

Sydney Modern builders become artworks by Richard Lewer

The stunning new Sydney Modern Project, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, opened to the public for the first time today. Replete with glass, metal, light tones, and large open, naturally lit spaces, on the upper levels at least, Sydney Modern was designed by Tokyo based Japa … | Continue reading | 12 months ago

Spotify Wrapped 2022 into the genre-verse and Aussietronica

Spotify Wrapped for 2022 has dropped, and once again the music streaming service is bamboozling listeners with custom genre definitions and statistics that apparently place some listeners into what appear to be elite music listening categories. And it also looks like we have list … | Continue reading | 12 months ago

Sydney act 1300 wins Triple J/RAGE music video of 2022

And before another Ausmusic month, and November for that matter, falls behind us… Western Sydney based Korean rap act 1300 have won the music video of the year award for 2022, with their clip Oldboy in the 2022 J Awards. The video was directed by long-time collaborator Raghav Ram … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Trailer for Moja Vesna the debut feature of Sara Kern

Moja Vesna is the slow-burning, deeply affecting, debut feature of Melbourne based Slovenian-Australian filmmaker Sara Kern, which premiered at the 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival. The trailer is certainly gripping. In Melbourne’s outer suburbs, reticent Moja, her well … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Antigone Kefala wins 2022 Patrick White literary award

Antigone Kefala, an Australian poet of Greek-Romanian heritage, has been named winner of the 2022 Patrick White Award. In 1973 Patrick White became the first Australian author to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and he used the prize money to create an award for Australian writ … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Gravidity and Parity by Eleanor Jackson wins 2022 SPN book of year

Gravidity and Parity, written by Eleanor Jackson, and published by Vagabond Press, has been named winner of the Small Press Network (SPN) Book of the Year award. Gravidity and Parity is a poignant and intricate collection of poetry that guides the reader into the journey of mothe … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

The Sun will not go supernova but it may still drive us away

In five billion years, hopefully long after a, hopefully, still extant humanity have departed the solar system for a new home somewhere among the stars, the Sun will become a red giant star. In this late phase of its life, the Sun will expand in size to engulf all the solar syste … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

You Don’t Know What War Is a book by Yeva Skalietska

Nine months have passed since Russia commenced its illegal invasion of Ukraine. Despite the brutality of the aggressors, Ukrainian defenders have steadfastly resisted Russian attempts to deprive them of their sovereignty. And while many of us empathise with the struggle of the Uk … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Twitter 2.0 is not a start-up much as Elon Musk likes to believe it

Tegan Jones, writing at Crikey, on Twitter owner Elon Musk’s… vision of the social media service being some sort of start-up, as of the minute he assumed control. Twitter was established in 2006, so we might be a little passed the development phase of the operation by now, no? So … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Vance Joy, Baker Boy, Archie Roach win at 2022 ARIAs

Melbourne based Australian indie pop musician Vance Joy has won the Best Video award for his 2022 single Every Side of You, which was directed by William Bleakley, at Australian music’s night of nights, the ARIAs. Meanwhile fellow Melbourne music act Baker Boy also known as Danza … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Tropical cyclones may return to Sydney coastal region

For about thirty years, until the mid-seventies, tropical cyclones were relatively regular weather events in the Sydney region, but now meteorologists are concerned they may return. But climate change is not behind their possible re-emergence, rather changes in the Interdecadal P … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Penguin Random House calls off Simon & Schuster merger

Penguin Random House, one of the world’s largest book publishers, has called off a proposed merger with Simon & Schuster. Last month, a United States court blocked the proposal, on the grounds competition, and remuneration to authors, stood to be adversely effected. Initially Pen … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

National Dictionary Centre word of 2022 delivered on teal wave

The Australian federal election, held in May 2022, saw a record number of teal, or independent, MPs elected to the Australian Parliament. Their strong showing has variously been labelled a teal bath or teal wave, after many teal candidates unseated a significant number of sitting … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Those Dashing McDonagh Sisters by Mandy Sayer

The McDonagh Sisters, Isabel, Phyllis, and Paulette, were Australian film producers active almost one hundred years ago. Based in Sydney, the trio made six films, including two documentaries, in an age of filmmaking that saw the transition from silent features to sound, or talkie … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Seth Godin: Mastodon is a federation not a corporation

Inconvenient. Difficult. Different. Resilient. Social network Mastodon — viewed by some as a Twitter alternative — as seen by American author, entrepreneur, and master of short-form blogging, Seth Godin: It’s a network in the real internet sense of the word. It’s not just a netwo … | Continue reading | 1 year ago