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This week's arts news and trending topics

In case you missed them, here are this week's top arts news stories.

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Literary Olympics: what wordsmith events would be on the program?

Imagine if there were an Olympics that favoured (bookish) brains over brawn. What would it look like?

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Book review: R.E.Generation, Michael Prewer

A dystopian novel that sees climate change erase mammalian life forms. What now?

Imogen Batt-Doyle, winner of The Cloncurry Poetry Prize 2024 with an ode to the Outback. Photo: Supplied. A person squatting on the peak of a mountain with the sun setting in the background.

Opportunities and awards

Residency to create site-responsive work inside chic hotel, winners of Bush Music Fund, crime book finalists, and more!

With the closure of Booktopia, the Austral;ian book industry is reeling.

Booktopia is poised to collapse – what next?

Booktopia, Australia's largest online book retailer, went into voluntary administration last week. The industry is reeling.

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Come in as a student leave as a professional

Studying for an MFA in Dramatic Writing offered opportunities not just for work, but also for life-long friends and collaborators.

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How did winning literary awards affect your life?

Whether it's validating your own work, buying more time to write more books or even changing the whole course of…

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Winter warmers: 18 new art books to curl up with

Warm up with these new art publications hot off the press.

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This week's arts news and trending topics

This week's top arts news stories and most read reviews.

Two panels. On the left is a blonde woman with glasses and a black top. On the right is a cover of a book with 'The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wastelands' written in black. The cover is black and tan with a picture of an incoming train.

Book review: The Cautious Traveller’s Guide to the Wastelands, Sarah Brooks

A sweeping novel of strange lands, mysterious characters, and a train journey that will change the world.

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