In light of our February Salon next week, we thought it would be a good time to have a look at some of the literary news and happenings over the past month, and also share some of our favourite reads from the past few weeks.


  • The 2017 Stella Prize Longlist  was announced earlier this month, with twelve titles from a list of incredible Australian women.

Congratulations to Julia Baird for ‘Victoria: The Queen’; Georgia Blain for ‘Between a Wolf and a Dog’; Maxine Beneba Clarke for ‘The Hate Race’; Catherine de Saint Phalle for ‘Poum and Alexandre’; Madeline Gleeson for ‘Offshore’; Julia Leigh for ‘Avalanche‘; Emily Maguire for ‘An Isolated Incident‘;  Fiona McFarlane for ‘The High Places‘; Elspeth Muir for ‘Wasted‘; Heather Rose for ‘The Museum of Modern Love’; Cory Taylor for ‘Dying: A Memoir‘; and Sonya Voumard for ‘The Media and the Massacre.’

The Stella Prize shortlist will be announced on 8 March 2017, and the winner on 18 April 2017.

  • JLF Melbourne, the Melbourne Writers Festival in partnership with Asia TOPA, was a massive success. Read this write up of JLF Melbourne by Nithya Iyer at Peril Magazine.


  • ‘But the oppressed do not owe the oppressor anything. I don’t owe white people anything. I don’t owe men anything. I don’t owe strangers anything. It is the luxury of the privileged to expect things, to feel entitled to things’ Nayuka Gorrie writes in her essay ‘Things that are not my job
  • For the Sydney Review of Books, Ellen Van Neervan reviews Desert Writing: Stories from Country in her essay ‘Centre of the Story‘: ‘Desert Writing brings to readers stories of desert communities and the individuals who form them that are not often featured in literature or media. Train lines have been built, and airports made but the places aren’t any closer; these are remote places – far away from Australia’s heavily populated coastal cities, far from major centres; and far from the imagination of the mainstream population. This distance is what makes these places so interesting, their pasts and futures significant.’


  • Episode Two of Sisteria Podcast has dropped! Sisteria is ‘a podcast about women’s experiences as creators & consumers of arts & culture’, and for their second episode Stephanie Van Schilt and Veronica Sullivan chat to Amy Gray. Have a listen to Episode One as well, featuring Hannah Kent
  • The Messenger,  a podcast produced by From Behind the Wire and the Wheeler Centre: ‘brings you into the Australian immigration detention centre on Manus Island – and reveals, in intimate detail, one man’s experience of what it’s really like to flee tragedy and seek asylum by boat’.


  • This video of two babies having a length discussion over FaceTime

We’ll see you at Beer Deluxe, Fed Square from 6pm-9pm next Tuesday, February the 28th!