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The power of one book to captivate Australia

Bryce Courtenay's novel 'The Power of One' has sold millions of copies worldwide. But just how did a debut novel, set in South Africa and written by a South African author, end up on the list of '10 Aussie books to read before you die'? Find out more in this clip.

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Place as medicine

Many people feel a strong sense of connection to a particular place. The importance of this connection can't be underestimated. In her Heywire audio story, Nicolette Worth recounts how lost she was until she found a place to truly call home.<br /><br />To talk with someone about anxiety or depression visit www.headspace.org.au ...

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Taking a stand - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea shows how an extensive range of digital materials can be used to develop students’ critical literacy and writing skills, which then helps them to identify persuasive techniques that authors use. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Shaping meaning in texts - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore texts with an Aboriginal context in order to learn about how language choices and techniques shape meaning. They learn about autobiography as a form of writing, examine storytelling in words and images, and explore ways of positioning an audience for a particular purpose.

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It's Ruth, 1992: King Oedipus

This clip cuts between black-and-white footage, taken in 1970, of actor Ruth Cracknell rehearsing a production of the Greek tragedy 'King Oedipus' and a 1992 interview with Cracknell in which she talks about the play and working with acclaimed theatre director Sir Tyrone Guthrie. Cracknell comments that, by taking the role ...

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Jane Austen: the novel and social realism

Why did Jane Austen spend so much time detailing the lives of everyday people in her classic novels? Listen as Professor Kathryn Sutherland from the University of Oxford provides valuable insights into the intentions and techniques of one of Britain's best-known authors. This clip from the British Library is one in a series ...

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Samuel Wagan Watson

This sequence of videos is an interactive resource for Stage 4/5 English and or Stage 4/5 Aboriginal Studies. It assists students to develop knowledge and understanding about Indigenous cultures of Australia. Students will respond to the poet, his texts, and at least one other Aboriginal poet, as well as composing at least ...

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National reconciliation week: further reading and resources

This is a 13-page PDF file presenting a list of 43 books and films that explore the history, stories and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across different times and walks of life. The comprehensive list includes autobiographies, personal stories and reflections, fiction and non-fiction books ...

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Creating Australian stories: author May Gibbs

How do storybook writers, illustrators and cartoonists find their inspiration? Find out how May Gibbs, a famous Australian author and illustrator, used the Australian bush to create the children's classic 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie' and the 'Gumnut Babies'.

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Richard Flanagan - being a courageous writer

Whether we realise it or not, we are all storytellers. Every day we compose text messages, write emails or tell stories to friends and family. Yet when we are asked to write a story and share it with others, many of us find the process terrifying. This can sometimes be the case for published authors too. In this clip, discover ...

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A moral minefield: Christos Tsiolkas's 'The Slap'

'The Slap', a novel from Australian author Christos Tsiolkas, created plenty of controversy when it was published. Why is it that some novels seem to stir people up more than others? Learn how the novel affected a group of panel members discussing popular Australian books.

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Navigating 'The Secret River'

Kate Grenville's multiple-award-winning novel 'The Secret River' explores an earlier period of Australian history. What is it that makes this novel so compelling and troubling for its many Australian readers? As you watch this clip, consider how this book encourages readers to re-evaluate their beliefs and values.

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The lost and the missing at Hanging Rock

Joan Lindsay's 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' is often considered a classic of Australian literature. But what makes it so well-regarded? And does everyone agree? Join in this panel discussion and explore why one person's literary masterpiece is another's turgid pot-boiler.

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Savouring 'The Magic Pudding'

It's been nearly 100 years since Norman Lindsay's madcap tale of a bad-tempered pudding was published, yet it continues to remain popular with children and adults alike. Over the years it's been a puppet show, cartoon, play, film and even an opera. What are the reasons for its enduring popularity? Explore the real magic ...

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The voice of Albert Facey

Albert Facey's 'A Fortunate Life' is one of Australia's best-loved autobiographies. Could it be Facey's 'voice' in his writing that touches the hearts of so many readers? Explore this clip to learn more about how the written word can capture the personality of a writer.

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Richard Flanagan - being a courageous writer

Whether we realise it or not, we are all storytellers. Every day we compose text messages, write emails or tell stories to friends and family. Yet when we are asked to write a story and share it with others, many of us find the process terrifying. This can sometimes be the case for published authors too. In this clip, discover ...

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Writing from the fringe

Imagine a mysterious island with a wild, rugged landscape and a history of tragedy and hardship. But it is also an island of unrivalled beauty with a purity of nature rarely found today. Sound like something out of a novel? Well, it's Tasmania and it has inspired the writing of many novels, not the least of which are those ...

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Robert Adamson's inspirations

What inspires you to write? For Robert Adamson, the natural world outside the confines of his prison cell was a major source of inspiration. Remembering and writing about the fish in the Hawkesbury River and the birds flying overhead helped him to endure the hardships he faced in prison. Has the act of writing ever helped ...

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Lifting the lid on Gothic literature

What comes to mind when you think of 'Gothic fiction'? What are some of the characteristics of the genre? In this clip from the British Library, Professor John Bowen from the University of York suggests the Gothic tradition emerged in literature with the publication of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Qtranto in 1764 and ...

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Wuthering Heights: who is Heathcliff?

Heathcliff is one of the main characters in Emily Bronte's classic novel, Wuthering Heights. As Professor John Bowen from the University of York notes, we know very little about this mysterious character and his apparent contradictions. Ms Bronte offers suggestions about Heathcliff's background but provides few details ...