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"Warts and All" (Living with Art and Artist)

This week, our intrepid Word Docs dig down into the relationship between writers and their words. Can you separate the fiction on the page from the reality of its wider context? Which matters more, the message of the author or the impact of the work? And what happens when your favourite creator turns out to be an appalling human? Join Amy T. Matthews, Sean Williams and a particularly hyper Alex Vickery-Howe as they unpack that thorny relationship between story and storyteller. 

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Nean McKenzie gives us a taste of 'Cryptosight'

Nean McKenzie is a children's writer and optometrist who lives in western Melbourne with her husband and two teenage children. Originally from Bendigo, Nean lived in New Zealand, Europe and North East Africa before returning to Victoria.

She has a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT. In 2012 she was shortlisted for a Penguin Varuna Scholarship. In 2016 she was awarded a Maurice Saxby Mentorship for Cryptosight, which is her first published novel.

Nean chats to Tracey and reads aloud from her debut novel 'Cryptosight' and our student reviewer Liv gives us her rating of this book.  Plus, our regular recommender Rebecca provides her insights on Naan's new novel.

Also, In Tracey's tip, Tracey discusses practices that impact reading motivation.

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Writers Read by LiTracey - getting THAT book in children's hands.

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What Did the ’80s Bring Us? (Coping with the Unexpected)

There’s no getting around the fact that we live in strange and difficult times, from a global pandemic to a ‘Leader of the Free World’ who refuses to concede defeat ––  but, never fear, the Word Docs are here to provide their remedies! Join Amy, Alex and Sean as they unpack the ups and downs of creating new work and telling new stories in the midst of isolation and upheaval. For Sean, it’s about chocolate. For Alex, it’s about Moscato. For Amy, it’s about finding a room without a random relative in it. Every decade has its challenges, and its lessons...now is the perfect time to reflect on where we've been and plan ahead for the tales of tomorrow. 

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