Discover biographical, bibliographical, and critical information about Australian writers, writing, and publishing.
Discover current debates, teaching, and research patterns around Australian literary, print, and narrative cultures.
Discover the lives and works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and storytellers.
Discover the history of Australian performance works.
Discover the diversity of Australian writing for younger readers and a rich collection of teaching resources.
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The Picture Book Diet by Dr Laurel Cohn identifies representations of food and food practices in contemporary Australian picture books. What we eat is a topic of robust discussion across the country, yet little attention has been given to the ideas and values concerning food embedded in texts for young children. Yet such texts are created not only to entertain but also to enculturate their audiences, therefore influencing readers' relationships with food.
Actors are the public face of the performing arts, carrying the immediate responsibility for the success of each show. Yet they are sometimes left out of theatre history. This collection of lively biographical essays by Anne Pender explores the lives and careers of some inimitable Australian performers including John Clarke, Julia Blake, Denise Scott, and Tony Sheldon.
This special AustLit project shines a light on the ways that Australian writers are currently addressing and have previously explored the most urgent environmental, social, and technological concern of current generations. Post-apocalyptic speculative fiction has explored this territory for some time and now these themes are emerging in other forms of writing. Through this project, we aim to highlight Australian creative and critical writing that examines the impacts of human-induced climate change and to provide necessary contextualising information on the science and consciousness-raising work at the community level.
This outcome of Dr Duncan Hose’s Fryer Fellowship exploring the work of poet and editor John Forbes includes a tour of Forbes’ archive in the Fryer library and an essay interrogating the experience of encountering the archival remnant of an author.
Led by Dr Jessica White, Writing Disability in Australia aggregates writing on disability in AustLit into a searchable index, with the aim of drawing attention to the ways in which Australian writers have represented disability. It highlights the significant and imaginative achievements of writers with disability, the structures and assumptions of ableism, the resourcefulness with which people with disability navigate their everyday lives, and the ways in which disability lends itself to creativity, lateral thinking, and resilience.