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Tension in the air

In this Heywire audio story, explore how Marguerite Donaldson builds tension as she recounts a nerve-wracking incident that happened while she was flying one day. Find out what this incident has revealed to her and how she shares her thoughts. Could you write or record a similar story about yourself and/or your community? ...

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'Father', 2007

This is a short animated film made in 2007 about a boy trying to understand his father, a post-World War II refugee from Lithuania. His father is mainly silent and difficult to understand when he does speak. He is a heavy drinker who leaves the family when the narrator is 15. The animation begins and ends with an expression ...

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'Harvie Krumpet'

These are three clips from a short animation film telling the story of a Polish immigrant who suffers a series of calamities but is always able to respond to these events with optimism. The first clip shows that his family house has burnt down and his parents have frozen to death, after which he migrates to Australia on ...

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Inanimate Alice episode 2: Italy

Inanimate Alice is a multimodal text that uses audio, animation and interactive elements to tell a story about a girl who is growing up in the early years of the 21st century. In episode 2, Alice is separated from her parents while they are on a skiing holiday in Italy.

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Inanimate Alice episode 3: Russia

Inanimate Alice is a multimodal text that uses audio, animation and interactive elements to tell a story about a girl who is growing up in the early years of the 21st century. In episode 3, Alice and her parents are living in Russia; Alice hides in her cupboard while her parents argue with some angry strangers in the next room.

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Inanimate Alice episode 4: hometown

Inanimate Alice is a multimodal text that uses audio, animation and interactive elements to tell a story about a girl who is growing up in the early years of the 21st century. In episode 4, Alice finds herself trapped on top of a building when a staircase collapses.

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Autobiography of a flood survivor

Imagine if the town or suburb you live in came under threat due to a natural disaster. How would you react? Shelby Garlick from Kerang, Victoria, was a finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people. Listen to her inspiring story and explore the lessons she learnt as a result of working with her ...

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How did Mem Fox write the words in 'Possum Magic'?

Can you remember the picture books that you used to read when you were very young? One of Australia's most loved picture books is 'Possum Magic'. Can you believe that it took the author, Mem Fox, five years to write the 512 words in the book? She wrote the first paragraph 23 times! Listen to this interview, presented by ...

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The creation of Trowenna

Different cultures around the world have their own creation stories, explaining how this planet and all the places on it were formed. These stories can tell us much about what is important to each culture. This story, from the Nuenonne people of Bruny Island, explains how Tasmania, known to them as Trowenna, was formed.

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Vanishing words: the process of language change

The English language is full of strange contradictions and vanishing words. Have you ever wondered why we sometimes put words together that contradict each other, such as 'pretty awful' or 'terribly good'? If we can be 'ruthless', can we be 'ruthly' as well? Watch as Professor Kate Burridge explains these curious irregularities ...

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Shakespeare words: the process of language change

Imagine being responsible for inventing over 1700 words! That is the legacy of William Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers in the English language. Most of these words were created through translations of Latin words or by combining words with prefixes and suffixes in original ways. In this clip, you'll discover the ...

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Borrowed words: the processes of language change

Do you know any words from another language? Chances are, you know more than you think you do! English is a polyglot language; one that borrows words from other languages. In this Professor Kate Burridge discusses the origins of the phrases 'short-shrift' and 'lily-livered'.

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The importance of stories in video games

What do you expect from a great video game? Lots of action and adventure? Amazing graphics? Exciting battles? It seems that these days more and more gamers are answering this question with, 'A great story'. In this clip, discover how the concept of narrative is becoming crucial to the evolution of video games.

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Michael Leunig's duck: a conversation

Have you ever had a sudden burst of inspiration and wondered where it came from? That was the case for Michael Leunig, well-known Australian cartoonist, writer, artist and philosopher. Sometimes ideas come to us in abstract ways, as symbols. In this audio clip, Leunig explains the symbolism behind his now famous 'direction-finding ...

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Hugh Howey's 'Wool': interactive publishing

Science fiction as a genre is known for exploring new frontiers. 'Wool' by Hugh Howey achieves this both in the way it was written and in its publication. Learn more about this fascinating story and the implications it might have for the future of novel writing. Jennifer Byrne's panellists from left to right are: China ...

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Writing a scientist's journal

Imagine you are a scientist who discovered a prehistoric animal in one of Australia's harshest environments. This is what happened to Dr Nick Murphy, an evolutionary biologist from La Trobe University. He was very excited to discover several new species of crustaceans living in desert springs near Lake Eyre. Learn about ...

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Tonal language: newspaper intern controversy

Imagine you had a less-than-pleasant time during your work experience placement. How would you seek to address your concerns? One young university student dealt with her unpleasant work experience by writing a scathing article that subsequently went viral. In this clip, consider how different perspectives of an event can ...

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Understanding satire: the 'ocker' Australian

What do 'Borat', 'The Simpsons', 'Gulliver's Travels' and political cartoons have in common? They are all forms of satire: a particularly tricky genre of text. In this clip, explore the concept of satire and how it is constructed.

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Primary school kids embrace the Bard

William Shakespeare is probably the most famous writer in the English language. Along with staging Shakespeare's plays for audiences around Australia, the Bell Shakespeare Company visits schools to introduce 'the Bard's materpieces' to students. Find out how it all works when host Julia Baird and The Drum panellists talk ...

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Modern day epic poetry

Imagine being a troubadour, travelling poet or musician. In medieval times these people wandered the countryside, earning a living by recounting great tales of heroic feats. Young British poet Kate Tempest is doing much the same today. In this clip, explore Kate's fascinating work.