In Praise of Private Libraries

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Since when has having a personal library been deemed “book hoarding”? The damning pejorative “hoarding” is one of the more recent catch cries of the same consumer culture that has given us enough disposable income to spend on all the goods it produces. Read More...

Pause for Thought

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Most of us are always rushing, racing from here to there, whether in an anxious frenzy or with determined purpose. Why? The answers are as varied as our propelled persons but we rarely take the time to stop and ask, does it always have to be like that? Read More...

Matters of Life and Death

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In our fast-paced modern world powered by busy lives we just skim over everything, racing breathlessly from one day to the next until we drop dead. What happens then? no doubt we have all wondered at some point. Larry Buttrose reflects on this in his poem Eternity (Selected Poems, BryshaWilson Press, 2017). Read More...

PacPrint 2017


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The digital revolution of the last 30 years has radically changed the way printing is done and what is printed. There is no easier way to track the changes than by regularly attending a print industry trade show like PacPrint 2017 (23–26 May, Melbourne Exhibition Centre), which is held every four years. Read More...

Tricks of the strong imagination

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When Shakespeare was composing Richard III, he relied heavily on Sir Edmund de Fraude’s memoir The Kinge and I (1488), which was still available during the Bard’s day, in French translation, as Le roi et moi. Richard III trusted very few, so it fell on Sir Edmund (1447–1502) to serve his king as both valet cum butler and second in battle.
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