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The secrets to Paul Jennings's success

Imagine being a best-selling author who receives 5000 fan letters a year! That's what it's like for Paul Jennings, one of Australia's most successful children's authors. But what makes Jennings's books so loved by children around the world? In this clip, learn that knowing your audience is key to an author's success.

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Life-changing moments: from basketball to guitar

Sometimes devastating events have a silver lining. Brendon Reynolds's life changed completely after a major injury during a basketball game. Hear how as you listen to his Heywire audio story.<br /><br />Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your community? The ABC's Heywire competition calls for stories ...

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'The great Gatsby' and all that jazz

'The great Gatsby' is considered a classic of modern literature, so what makes people value books like this one over others? In this audio clip, explore a range of responses to F Scott Fitzgerald's enduring novel and consider the qualities people value in literature. This clip from 'Books and arts daily' on Radio National ...

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Perspectives of 'a copper's daughter'

What perspectives on life do you think the daughter of a policeman in a coastal town might have? In this Heywire audio story, Jordyn Royle reveals both how her her dad's job affects her and that not everybody shares her attitudes towards the police. As you listen, think about how Jordyn's attitudes and values, and those ...

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Pink suits and circus wagons in 'The Great Gatsby'

Part of the success of F Scott Fitzgerald's novel 'The Great Gatsby' is the intriguing title character, Jay Gatsby. In this audio clip, explore the effect that Fitzgerald's skilfully-constructed character has on those who read the novel. Find out what makes this character so intriguing.

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Volunteers needed! Motivate your audience

We've all been bored by speakers who don't seem to know what their audience might be interested in. As you listen to her Heywire audio clip, explore inspirational 16-year-old Tameika Schultz's skill in appealing to her listeners. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your community? The ABC's Heywire competition ...

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Cows, crops and bulbous lumps

How do you convince people that studying agriculture was the highlight of your school career? Good writers will consciously shape their text to suit their audience and purpose. Listen to Alexandra Neill's Heywire audio story to explore her successful range of strategies. Could you write or record a story about yourself ...

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Teen titles dominate! The YA publishing industry

The Young Adult, or YA, publishing industry has exploded in recent years. But what is driving this surge in novels for teenagers? Join a panel of YA writers as they explore why this once niche market has become a literary phenomenon.

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Just big kids? Why adults are reading YA fiction

The Young Adult, or YA, publishing market might be huge, but not all readers of YA books are teenagers. Perhaps surprisingly, increasing numbers of adults are choosing to read books written for the YA market. Join in this panel discussion as four YA authors discuss the reasons why their books are being picked up by adult readers.

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Barren places come to life

Australian artist Ash Keating has created environmental projects in Australia and internationally. In 2009, he completed the Westpark Proposition project in an industrial landscape on Melbourne's urban fringe. This work was filmed for a following video installation. Watch as he throws paint from buckets and sprays colour ...

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A proposition for place and space

Contemporary Melbourne artist Ash Keating works beyond the boundaries of galleries, and one of his key objectives is to promote community discussion about place and space. See some of his works in Australia, New Zealand and Korea: quick abstract paintings; installations in the urban environment using industrial waste; and ...

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Sydney: lighting the way for art

See the Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up like a rainbow and the Sydney Opera House become a canvas for a brilliant light display. During the annual Vivid Sydney event the city's iconic architecture and places are illuminated in a spectacular lightshow.

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Reflecting on the Vietnam War through art

In 1978 and as a small child, Dinh Q L� escaped war-torn Vietnam by boat, with his family. He grew up in America and became an artist, returning to Vietnam as an adult. In his work, he incorporates sculpture, video and installation. Here he discusses how his childhood experiences influence his artmaking. See how his work ...

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Hotham Street Ladies' sweet installation

The Hotham Street Ladies make incredible art out of ... Well, see if you can guess! Intricate wallpapers, delicate glass, prawn tails and woven rugs form part of an elaborate collaborative installation at the Melbourne Now exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. This clip explores the how and the why of this delicious ...

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Surrounded by colour

How we experience an artwork can be influenced by how it's displayed. Michael Brown is the Senior Display Technician at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He works with the curator in preparing the gallery space for hanging and displaying artworks. In this audio clip, learn how different wall colours can affect the viewing ...

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Theatre through a lens

Imagine a theatre performance where it's possible to step into character roles and experience your own version of it! 'Situation Rooms', created by a group of author directors called Rimini Protokoll, allows an audience to do just that. Using iPad minis and headphones, the audience moves through a set, following stories ...

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Being part of Roman Ondak's art

Imagine an art exhibition opening without any artwork! How about trying to create a portrait of an entire suburb or creating art by writing out a set of instructions for others to follow? These are some of the ways Roman Ondak creates his work. Here you can see two examples of it from the Sydney Festival: Project 28. 

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Asking life's big questions

How might ordinary people respond to the same personal questions about their lives? Jenia Ratcliffe tested this and filmed the responses during a workshop at the Broken Hill City Library for ABC Open's 'Life's Big Questions' project. Observe not only the interviewees' answers but also how the clip is filmed.

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Performing the private in public

'PUBLIC' is a hybrid artwork - part performance art and part theatrical piece - set in a shopping centre food court. The director, Tamara Saulwick, wants to explore both the boundaries between public and private and the way individuals operate in public spaces.

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InsideArt: street art

This is an album of five videos which focus on street art. Michel Lawrence interviews Nils Westergard, an American street artist who works with stencils; Ian Strange, an Australian artist working internationally who combines elements of street art with film and photography technologies; and collaborative team DabsMyla, ...