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Roadmap to Success – Learning Module 1, How We Developed the Roadmap Canvas

The first in a new series of videos offering practical advice for creative businesses and produced by The Big Idea…

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5 tips to maximise your chances of being a guest at writers' festivals

It's not easy to find yourself on the invitation list of literary festivals, but here are some ideas worth trying.

The 2023 Darwin Festival's closing weekend at the Ski Club. A crowd is gathered around a brightly lit stage at sunset. Palm trees and other trees are silhouetted against the sunset and festooned with strings of lights.
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From cyclone tragedy to cultural celebration: Darwin Festival celebrates 45 years

In its 45th year, Darwin Festival commemorates the destruction wrought by 1974's Cyclone Tracy with the world premiere of a…

An Anglo-Australian man smiles affably at the camera. He has short dark hair, stubble, and wears a white t-shirt. He is standing in front of a light yellow backdrop. Andrew Hamilton.
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Prison really is a laughing matter for this stand-up comedian

Andrew Hamilton used stand-up comedy to rehabilitate himself after a stint in jail, and hopes to be able to do…

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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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The performing arts company breaking every convention in the book … and winning

For a company working in an art form steeped in tradition, the choice to break away from some of its…

'Iris van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses' at Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Photo: Supplied. A darkened room with mannequins displaying vibrant garments with floral patterns.
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Dutch designer’s leap of faith in Australia pays off

Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen first visited Australia for skydiving aged 17. Now the creative mastermind has brought a…

With the closure of Booktopia, the Austral;ian book industry is reeling.
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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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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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The benefits of accommodating neurodiverse performers

Considering the accessibility needs of performers who are not neurotypical will lead to a more equitable sector.

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