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Crime, Women, and Outsider Perspectives

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Crime, Women, and Outsider Perspectives

- Pamela is visiting for the Sydney Writers’ Festival; she’ll be interviewing Colson Whitehead on . But our little event was meant to be a more casual affair, and with beers and bites for around 25 New York Times subscribers, I’d bet a few connections were made among readers and writers. Newsletter Sign Up to the NYT Australia Newsletter Damien Cave, our new Australia bureau chief, shares insights on global news, local recommendations and feedback from readers in this weekly newsletter

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North Korea crisis: Former ambassador to Australia Fu Ying warns of apocalypse

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North Korea crisis: Former ambassador to Australia Fu Ying warns of apocalypse

- Beijing: One of China's top diplomats, former ambassador to Australia Fu Ying, has cited an apocalyptic science fiction novel to warn that North Korea and the United States must talk to avoid a tipping point in the Korean Peninsula nuclear crisis. Madam Fu recounted her personal involvement in talks between North Korea, China and the US in 2003, and gave three possibilities of how the current crisis could end

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North Korea crisis: Former ambassador to Australia Fu Ying warns of apocalypse

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North Korea crisis: Former ambassador to Australia Fu Ying warns of apocalypse

- Beijing: One of China's top diplomats, former ambassador to Australia Fu Ying, has cited an apocalyptic science fiction novel to warn North Korea and the United States must talk to avoid a tipping point in the Korean Peninsula nuclear crisis. Madam Fu recounted her personal involvement in talks between North Korea, China and the US in 2003, and gave three possibilities of how the current crisis could end

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2017 Stella Prize for women's writing: Heather Rose wins for Marina Abramović novel

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2017 Stella Prize for women's writing: Heather Rose wins for Marina Abramović novel

- Tasmanian author Heather Rose has won the $50,000 Stella Prize for her novel The Museum of Modern Love. The award, which was established in 2013, celebrates Australian women's writing. The winning novel takes its inspiration from the 2010 artwork The Artist Is Present by Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović. To complete the gruelling work, Abramović sat motionless at a table in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art in New York for 75 days

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Heather Rose wins the Stella Prize for a novel that wouldn't 'let her go'

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Heather Rose wins the Stella Prize for a novel that wouldn't 'let her go'

- Writing a novel takes commitment and time, but few demand as much as Heather Rose's The Museum of Modern Love, for which the Tasmanian writer on Tuesday won this year's Stella Prize. She began the book 11 years ago with a central character that was based on Marina Abramovic. The conceit was to be a performance artist eating a meal on her own, during which apparitions from her past would join her

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Australia urged to use phonics in reading strategy as British schools minister tours country

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Australia urged to use phonics in reading strategy as British schools minister tours country

- By the National Reporting Team's Natasha Robinson and Rebecca Armitage British schools minister Nick Gibb is urging Australia to embrace phonics as part of a national strategy to help children read. He's here to meet educators, teachers and politicians as the Turnbull Government moves to introduce literacy screening in Year 1 across the country. Mr Gibb has toured a specialist literacy laboratory at Macquarie University in Sydney ahead of a meeting with federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham in Adelaide later this week

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Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 review: Joel Creasey's Poser has 'funny moments' at best

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Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 review: Joel Creasey's Poser has 'funny moments' at best

- COMEDY FESTIVAL. JOEL CREASEY: POSER ★★Max Watts. Until April 23. I might be on the outer here, but when I go to a comedy festival show I do like to see comedy. Maybe it is asking too much. The title of Joel Creasey's comedy festival show maybe should have been a giveaway that I wasn't going to be seeing comedy but, instead, enduring an hour of him telling me how famous he is and how many famous people he knows

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Scientists outwit predatory publishers by tricking them into appointing a fake editor

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Scientists outwit predatory publishers by tricking them into appointing a fake editor

- Has there ever been a more impressive academic than Dr Anna O. Szust? The prolific polymath has been appointed editor at almost 50 academic journals covering a mind-boggling array of scientific fields. The problem is, Dr Szust does not exist. She is the honey pot in an ingenious sting devised to swindle the swindlers of the academic world: predatory journals. These dodgy outfits – whose scientific rigour is more akin to magic eight ball than legitimate academic publications – prey on researchers desperate for kudos in an environment where they must publish or perish

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Stephen King trolls Trump’s wiretapping tweets as only a horror writer could

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Stephen King trolls Trump’s wiretapping tweets as only a horror writer could

- There's a fan theory that best-selling author and master of horror fiction Stephen King predicted the rise of Donald Trump in his novel about a clairvoyant who foresees a demagogic salesman win the U.S. presidency and start a global war. Flash-forward to the present, in which President Trump, without offering any evidence, , and King mocked him with a horror story, told in three. Not only did Obama tap

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'Awful': Children's author Mem Fox on being detained at Los Angeles Airport

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'Awful': Children's author Mem Fox on being detained at Los Angeles Airport

- Iconic Australian children's author Mem Fox has spoken out about her terrifying ordeal during her most recent visit to the United States. The author, a household name thanks to books including Possum Magic, was interrogated by US immigration officials at Los Angeles Airport earlier this month thanks to President Donald Trump's visa crackdown. Speaking on Channel 10's The Project, Fox said she was in the US to open a conference

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An Australian Children’s-Book Author’s U.S. Customs Ordeal

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An Australian Children’s-Book Author’s U.S. Customs Ordeal

- On the morning of February 6th, the seventy-one-year-old Australian children’s-book author Mem Fox arrived on a United Airlines flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles. She was en route to a conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on the theme of diversity, where she was scheduled to deliver a keynote speech on teaching children to read. Fox, whose 1983 book “Possum Magic” is the best-selling Australian children’s book of all time, has travelled

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Australian writer detained by US border police, says ‘insulted’ by treatment

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Australian writer detained by US border police, says ‘insulted’ by treatment

- An Australian children’s book author Mem Fox was reportedly detained and insulted by US border control agents at the Los Angeles airport, UK-based newspaper The Guardian reported. The Guardian reported that Fox was on her way to a conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin earlier this month when she was stopped by border control agents. Fox is famous for her best-selling books such as Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and

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Big Little Lies author urges readers to give Nicole Kidman TV series a chance

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Big Little Lies author urges readers to give Nicole Kidman TV series a chance

- Underneath a bank of lights, bright enough to light a stage, filming is underway on the pivotal school trivia night scene. Here suburban tensions, school playground neuroses and pressure cooker family lives explode. Somebody is to die. The lead actors Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are dressed for their parts. Liane Moriarty, author of the bestseller of the same name and on her first set visit, begins to tear up.

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A former Oxford English Dictionary editor explains the word 'pom'

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A former Oxford English Dictionary editor explains the word 'pom'

- Surprisingly, John Simpson — lexicographer, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and, for 20 years, chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary — is no purist. "I'm quite happy with anything that happens to a language," Simpson said. Over the past 40 years, it's an attitude Simpson — and the OED — has exemplified. While some recall dictionaries as bastions of proper usage, bulwarks of correct

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Parents encouraged to read 1000 books to their children before they begin school

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Parents encouraged to read 1000 books to their children before they begin school

- A new campaign has been launched encouraging parents to read 1000 books to their child from birth until they begin school. State Library CEO Kate Torney tells Ross and John an early introduction to reading helps improve literacy skills. She says by fostering a love of reading from a young age, children will be better prepared when they start school. We know that children that do start school a little

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Tom Elliott chats to best-selling children's author Andy Griffiths

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Tom Elliott chats to best-selling children's author Andy Griffiths

- The latest instalment in children's author Andy Griffiths' Treehouse series, "the 78th Storey Treehouse", recently busted records to become the fastest selling Australian book - ever. It's no small achievement, particularly when getting kids away from their ipads seems almost impossible these days. He and writing partner Terry Denton know a few things about making reading magical for kids. The books are "clear, exciting and funny" and a little "dangerous".

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  • 2017 Stella Prize for women's writing: Heather Rose wins for Marina Abramović novel
    2017 Stella Prize for women's writing: Heather Rose wins for Marina Abramović novel

    , abc.net.au

    Tasmanian author Heather Rose has won the $50,000 Stella Prize for her novel The Museum of Modern Love. The award, which was established in 2013, celebrates Australian women's writing. The winning novel takes its inspiration from the 2010 artwork The Artist Is Present by Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović. To complete the gruelling work, Abramović sat motionless at a table in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art in New York for 75 days

     

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  • Australia urged to use phonics in reading strategy as British schools minister tours country
    Australia urged to use phonics in reading strategy as British schools minister tours country

    , abc.net.au

    By the National Reporting Team's Natasha Robinson and Rebecca Armitage British schools minister Nick Gibb is urging Australia to embrace phonics as part of a national strategy to help children read. He's here to meet educators, teachers and politicians as the Turnbull Government moves to introduce literacy screening in Year 1 across the country. Mr Gibb has toured a specialist literacy laboratory at Macquarie University in Sydney ahead of a meeting with federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham in Adelaide later this week

     

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  • 2017 Stella Prize for women's writing: Heather Rose wins for Marina Abramović novel
    2017 Stella Prize for women's writing: Heather Rose wins for Marina Abramović novel

    , abc.net.au

    Tasmanian author Heather Rose has won the $50,000 Stella Prize for her novel The Museum of Modern Love. The award, which was established in 2013, celebrates Australian women's writing. The winning novel takes its inspiration from the 2010 artwork The Artist Is Present by Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović. To complete the gruelling work, Abramović sat motionless at a table in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art in New York for 75 days

     

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  • 2017 Stella Prize for women's writing: Heather Rose wins for Marina Abramović novel
    2017 Stella Prize for women's writing: Heather Rose wins for Marina Abramović novel

    , abc.net.au

    Tasmanian author Heather Rose has won the $50,000 Stella Prize for her novel The Museum of Modern Love. The award, which was established in 2013, celebrates Australian women's writing. The winning novel takes its inspiration from the 2010 artwork The Artist Is Present by Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović. To complete the gruelling work, Abramović sat motionless at a table in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art in New York for 75 days

     

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