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Can you agree to disagree about a cult book?

Can your feelings about a book be so strong that they influence your relationships with others? In this clip, a panel of authors, literary critics and a publisher discuss how they respond to people who don't share their passion for a cult book. Listen, too, as they discuss whether quality of writing is essential in a cult book.

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FANatical about Doctor Who!

The fictional world of 'Doctor Who' is like the Tardis the Doctor travels in: it's bigger than it appears from the outside. The fans of this world are extremely passionate and 13-year-old Benjamin Maio Mackay is one of them. He produces a podcast of interviews with artists and creators involved with 'Doctor Who', and creates ...

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Salman Rushdie: breaking story-writing rules

Have you ever had the experience of being taught the 'rules' of story writing and then gone on to read one that seems to break every one of those rules? Are there really any rules to story writing? In this clip, discover why renowned author Salman Rushdie experiments with narrative conventions.

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The haunting of Manderley

'Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.' So begins 'Rebecca' by Daphne du Maurier, the 1938 gothic novel set in the mysterious mansion of Manderley, with all its creepy inhabitants. Learn more about this thrilling novel and the gothic genre in this clip, which is the first in a series of two.

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Reflective writing: the 3D format

This is a teacher resource describing a scaffolding strategy developed by New South Wales teacher Kerri-Jane Burke to help her students analyse texts and write reflective responses to them. The resource describes the three-dimensional writing strategy - Describe, Disclose, Decision - in more detail, outlining how it provides ...

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Giving your story a heart

Emotions help create connections with your audience. So filling your stories with your hopes, dreams and fears can make your stories more relatable and memorable for your readers. Find out more with this fantastic video!

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What is a story?

Stories are all around us and they're happening all the time. But what exactly is a story? Stories teach and explain things, create emotion and entertain us. Watch this wonderful video and find out more.

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Using language to flavour your story

Language is like the flavour of a story. It helps relate your imagination to readers in a way they'll understand. But you have to add the right flavours; otherwise your story will be like a bad meal. Learn how to write what you want your readers to imagine and feel.

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Exploring the genre and setting of your story

Every genre has different rules. But once you know them, you can choose which rules you want to break. Find out how you can mix and match genres to create unique, interesting stories!

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Understanding story plots

There are a million ways to get from the beginning to the end of a story. Watch this entertaining video to learn about different story types and how to move your characters through a story in satisfying ways.

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Joan London's 'Gilgamesh': exploring genre

How many times have you chosen a book based simply on its genre? Identifying the genre of a text can often be the key to whether we like it or not. In this clip, explore the ways genre has been manipulated in Joan London's novel 'Gilgamesh'. Jennifer Byrne's panellists from left to right are: China Mieville, Marieke Hardy, ...

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The story behind 'Jasper Jones'

'Jasper Jones' is a novel that recently featured on a list of '10 Aussie books to read before you die'. Does it belong on the list? Many texts make connections to other texts but is this novel too close a retelling of the classic American novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird'? Explore the concept of 'intertextuality' in this clip.

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An animated character is part of the story

What goes into making an animated feature film? DreamWorks Animation, one of the largest animation studios in the world, has made many award-winning films. 'DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition - Journey from Sketch to Screen' at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) explores some of the hard work involved in ...

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The costume designer makes the character

Where would you start if you had to design hundreds of individual costumes for just one scene in a film? That was just one of the challenges for Catherine Martin, the costume designer for Baz Luhrmann's film 'The Great Gatsby', which is set in the 1920s.

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What's the best age to discover a book?

Do you think there is a best age at which you discover a book? Is a book you love as a young adult likely to remain a favourite for the rest of your life? Listen to a panel of authors, literary critics and a publisher discuss when a book is most likely to make a lasting impression on the reader.

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A look at author Bob Graham's books

Books by the Australian children's author Bob Graham have a very individual and recognisable style. Find out why his work is featured in the Lu Rees Australian Children's Literature Archive housed in Canberra. Identify some of the features that characterise his work.

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The ad campaign

This learning sequence invites students to analyse the 'Dumb Ways to Die' advertising campaign and how the key messages are communicated to the audience. Students then design a new iteration of the Dumb Ways to Die campaign, that could engage a young audience and provide messages about travel safety not covered by the original ...

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Cult novels and their characters

A cult novel is one that holds special status for certain readers. Generally, cult novels are those that are passionately loved by a small group of people. In this clip, discover why author Markus Zusak's favourite cult novel is 'Catch-22' by Joseph Heller.

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Cult books and bestsellers: same or different?

What are some of the essential characteristics of cult books? Must they be treasured by new generations of readers? Can they also be bestsellers? Find out what a panel of writers, literary critics and a publisher consider to be some of the key features of cult books.

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Just for girls? Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca'

Gender and its representation is a significant concern for many writers, readers and critics. Some dismissed Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel 'Rebecca' as a romantic novel, but du Maurier insisted that she was exploring deeper issues of jealousy and power in relationships. Explore these different readings in this discussion. ...