It has just gone midnight on April 15 1912, and Herbert Stone — second officer aboard the SS Californian — is about to take watch. Across the Atlantic ice field that has halted his own ship’s progress for the night lies another, a passenger steamer, her lights dim. Stone is expecting a quiet night, but when a white rocket emerges from the darkened ship, followed by seven more, the sparks from their trails lingering in the night sky, he calls upon his captain for advice. They’re distress signals, undoubtedly, but the distant ship isn’t responding to his morse lamp messages. Captain Lord, “Lord of the Californian,” does nothing.... Read More | Share it now!
Narrated fiction and non-fiction is nothing new, with spoken-word stories in forms ranging from radio to cassette tapes to digital existing for readers for decades. With the increase and ease of downloading digitally directly to smartphones or other digital devices, audiobooks are enjoying a resurgence in popularity.... Read More | Share it now!
2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, arguably the most famous name in English literature. Ready to usher in this literary milestone, the University of Queensland has put together an impressive line-up of events. These include public lectures, symposiums, film screenings, and of course, theatrical performances, all aimed at celebrating the incredible oeuvre of a glove-maker’s son.... Read More | Share it now!
The inaugural Rock & Roll Writers Festival takes over Brisbane’s Brightside on the first weekend of April. With events staggered across the two days, you won’t have to miss a single moment of the action, but just in case you need a beer break in between all the sex, drugs, and rock and roll, here’s our take on the panels you’d be mad to miss!... Read More | Share it now!
On Wednesday night, at West End’s Avid Reader, A Rock & Roll Writers Festival directors Leanne de Souza and Joe Woolley revealed the full program of events and speakers for the inaugural April event – and once you take a look at what’s in store, you’ll understand exactly why Sydney and Melbourne are so annoyed that little ol’ Brisvegas nabbed this festival for itself!... Read More | Share it now!