Dear friends, Shortly after I arrived at MUP in 2019 Professor Joy Damousi suggested that with the centenary of MUP coming up we should publish a press history. Perhaps not surprisingly I read many memoirs and histories about books and publishing, so I thought this a fine idea. But who to do it? Eventually the back part of my brain spat out the ideal candidate: Stuart Kells, a fellow book and publishing history enthusiast (some would say obsessive) who has written an award-winning account of Penguin, among other works on the subject. As Jason Steger put it, in an early notice of the book’s appearance: 'Stuart Kells knows his way around the book world like the back of his hand’.
Posted on 24 Mar 2021 under Writing
Read Stuart Kell's inspired speech from the launch of his latest book ARGYLE. The transcript provides a snippet of why Stuart decided to write about the Argyle mine, how the diamond mine changed the industry forever and shaped the lives of workers and their families.
Posted on 10 Jul 2020 under Writing
In this month’s issue of The Monthly, author and climate scientist Joëlle Gergis draws on a recent study led by the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology to warn that ‘we may witness planetary collapse far sooner than once thought’. As she has been for many years, Dr. Gergis urges Australians to confront the reality of climate catastrophe and the threat that it poses to our planet and our lives.
Posted on 21 Apr 2020 under Writing
From nunnery to eatery and cultural epicentre, Stuart Kells traces the vibrant history of the national treasure.
Posted on 4 Dec 2018 under Writing
Family holidays at the end of the year are most dreaded by family lawyers. Parents lose sight of what the holiday season should be about, says Rebekah Mannering, author of Surviving Your Split.
Enter the world of William Guilfoyle: the intrepid ‘plant hunter’ responsible for the transformation of Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens into one of the world’s most spectacular botanical landscapes.
This past weekend, six authors from the MUP stable headed to the stunning northern rivers of Byron Writers Festival for a weekend of curiosity, connection and robust intellectual tussles.
"The moment I realised my children were not just delightful, but that they had grown into excellent human beings." – James Jeffrey on his proudest moment as a father.
Judgements made of single people, particularly single women, are harsh. Here are some ways single women suffer the judgement of others about their relationship status, by Clare Payne, author of One.
Are letters a dying art, foresaken in the digital era? These are the stories and books that originated from letters, journals and diaries. With these books, we show authors who have been able to pull out stories out of letters, including beloved books such as Dear Quentin, The Secret Ingredient, The Forgotten Notebook and Christina Stead's volumes of letters.
"You don’t need to be a scientist to read the book; you just have to have an open mind." – Joëlle Gergis, author of Sunburnt Country, invites you to be part of the biggest cultural revolution taking place across the planet right now.
'Setting the table is one of those jobs I recall from my childhood that used to make me wince. I got it out of the way as quickly as I could and had a list in my head: placemats, plates, napkin, knife, fork, pudding spoon, glass, jug, salt and pepper.' – Chloe Shorten on her tradition of the family table.
Christina Stead’s letters, with their awkward Australian bones, their cosmopolitan sensibility and their ‘‘intelligent ferocity’’, cannot help but draw us in. Talking into the Typewriter is the second volume in the collection of her letters.
Here are ten pieces of very fine writing (in no particular order) that were Jonathan Green’s absolute highlights from his first year as Meanjin editor.