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Intersections between Australia, media, cultures and identity, with a focus on writing.
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22 Australian Women Who Will Inspire The Hell Out Of You

22 Australian Women Who Will Inspire The Hell Out Of You | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
In honour of International Women's Day, let's celebrate the Aussie ladies who have made history.
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A breastplate reveals the story of an Australian frontier massacre

A breastplate reveals the story of an Australian frontier massacre | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
The flood of coverage of the centenary of Gallipoli and the first world war profoundly shapes the way we think of Australia’s history; but we suppress other violent events in our own country that also…
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Five must-read books by Indigenous authors

Five must-read books by Indigenous authors | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
In response to Barry Spurr’s comments about Indigenous literature, Sandra Phillips says these books ‘astonish, perplex, and at times comfort the reader into re-imagining our relationships’
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Australian life in 22 prize-winning photographs – in pictures

Australian life in 22 prize-winning photographs – in pictures | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
From Indigenous cowboys and footballers to Sydney sunbathers and pieshops, the photos shortlisted for the 2014 Australian Life prize show a nation in technicolour – and transition
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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith rewatched – beautiful but savage

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith rewatched – beautiful but savage | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
Fred Schepisi’s depiction of horrific racially-motivated crimes had many asking: is it morally justifiable for white filmmakers to tell Aboriginal stories?
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Daniel Boyd's Untitled is a worthy award winner

Daniel Boyd's Untitled is a worthy award winner | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
The work that won him a $80,000 prize is a moral and subtle work about the history of slavery and colonialism in Australia, writes Andrew Frost
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State Library of New South Wales collection

State Library of New South Wales collection | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
The State Library of New South Wales' major subject strengths are Australian history, culture and literature, including Aboriginal studies, Antarctic exploration, family history and genealogy,...
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Head of curriculum review Kevin Donnelly says corporal punishment in schools 'was very effective'

Head of curriculum review Kevin Donnelly says corporal punishment in schools 'was very effective' | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
The head of the Abbott government's national curriculum review has backed the use of corporal punishment for ill-disciplined children in schools if it is supported by the local school community.
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Manuscript: The Hanging of Two Aboriginals, 1842, from the Diary of James W. Dredge - No 7 April 1971 - La Trobe Journal

Manuscript: The Hanging of Two Aboriginals, 1842, from the Diary of James W. Dredge - No 7 April 1971 - La Trobe Journal | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
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Amy Tan, Gary Shteyngart and Benjamin Law on being the children of immigrants

Amy Tan, Gary Shteyngart and Benjamin Law on being the children of immigrants | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
Funny,
insightful and occasionally shocking, a Sydney writers' festival panel of three writers discussed multiculturalism, race and feeling alien from their parents, writes Jane Howard
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Art of Advertising - Generation Change, Mad Men to Smart Men | The Culture Concept Circle

Art of Advertising - Generation Change, Mad Men to Smart Men | The Culture Concept Circle | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
Since Don Draper's day advertisers have identified the demographic socioeconomic and psychographic characteristics of their target market to maximize profits
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Gallipoli rewatched – Weir scathingly deconstructs war as grand adventure

Gallipoli rewatched – Weir scathingly deconstructs war as grand adventure | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
What starts as an archetypal sports movie ends with the most horrifyingly high-impact finale of any Australian film, writes Luke Buckmaster
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Alvin Purple rewatched – the raunchy heart of 1970s Ozploitation films

Alvin Purple rewatched – the raunchy heart of 1970s Ozploitation films | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
This racy comedy doubles as a commentary on giving the public what they want and rubbing it in prudes’ faces
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They’re a Weird Mob rewatched – like Crocodile Dundee in reverse

They’re a Weird Mob rewatched – like Crocodile Dundee in reverse | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
A rare 1960s hit from the co-director of The Red Shoes, this warm tale of an Italian down under spawned a long line of film about foreigners making sense of Australian culture, writes Luke Buckmaster
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Word Travels Festival Presents: Australian Poetry Slam 2014 - National Final

Word Travels Festival Presents: Australian Poetry Slam 2014 - National Final | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
Word Travels Festival Presents: Australian Poetry Slam 2014 - National Final
Politicians strangle it, celebrities fake it, media inflates it... who can you turn to for truth?
The nation's mightiest poets face-off in an epic finale.
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First Dog on the Moon on ... remembering the fallen - cartoon

First Dog on the Moon on ... remembering the fallen - cartoon | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
Of course we don't have that sort of thing here in Australia - we won that war and are still winning it, says First Dog on the Moon
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Australian war deaths: a graphic analysis of more than 102,000 records

Australian war deaths: a graphic analysis of more than 102,000 records | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
Analysis of Australian deaths during conflicts also shows the deadliest day for troops was in Belgium in 1917
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This narrated life | Inside Story

This narrated life | Inside Story | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
Storytelling may fit the zeitgeist, but there are truths it can’t reach, writes Maria Tumarkin
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Is Aussie slang dying out?

Is Aussie slang dying out? | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
Slang is going through a quiet phase. Is it merely dormant – or are Australians taking themselves more seriously?
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First Dog on the Moon on ... the dingo fence

First Dog on the Moon on ... the dingo fence | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
Did you know Australians built the longest man-made structure on Earth? No? Well pull up a chair and let First Dog on the Moon tell you about the dingo fence • Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints
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A secret history of sexuality on the front

A secret history of sexuality on the front | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
Archived files shed light on relationships in the army, writes Andrew Stephens.
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Why I chose to quit my job in Aboriginal child protection

Why I chose to quit my job in Aboriginal child protection | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
Debra Swan: The forced removal of our children continues today in unacceptable numbers. This Sorry Day, we have to say no to ongoing Stolen Generations
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Eleanor Catton and Clare Wright: 'I call it the dick table'

Eleanor Catton and Clare Wright: 'I call it the dick table' | Australian Writing & Culture | Scoop.it
Two leading female authors tell Sydney writers' festival that they have had remarkably similar experiences of literary sexism, writes Bethanie Blanchard
Raya Darcy's insight:

If you're writing a book about 12 men, it's considered to be a book about the topic that connects them, but if you write a book about 12 women, it is considered to be a book about women. In this way, women are removed from being able to be anything other than defined by their gender, whereas men are enabled to be something more.

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