Month: June 2017

Word of the week: Lubricious

Lubricious (adjective) [loo-brish-uh s] According to the book 500 Words Your Should Know: "Another word for lewd, lascivious or indeed libidinous, though this is more formal than any of them. It's from the same Latin root as lubricate and lubricant, with their implications of slipperiness and reducing... read more

Q&A: Mould vs mold

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week we’re breaking... read more

Charlotte Nash invites you to “The Paris Wedding”

Today we’re speaking with Brisbane-based bestselling Australian author Charlotte Nash about her new book, The Paris Wedding – hitting bookstores July 2017. Charlotte has up until now written “rural lit” – tales of life and love in remote Australia. So, naturally the idea of Paris seems about as far from... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win 2x Harry Potter book packs!

Monday 26 June 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. So, we feel it’s only right to share the Potter love this week. You’ve probably read (and re-read) the original seven books published... read more

Picture this: An interview with illustrator Giuseppe Poli

Giuseppe Poli is a leading illustrator in his field. His latest children’s book Baby Band (words by Diane Jackson Hill) was released this year. Giuseppe lives in Queensland and we had a chat with him about his insights into the world of illustrating... Hi Giuseppe. Hey, before we start... read more

Word of the week: Pulchritude

Pulchritude (noun) [pul-chri-tude] It seems like such an ugly looking word but it means the opposite. The Macquarie Dictionary defines it as "beauty" or "comeliness". So you might say: "The actress Robin Wright is a woman of great pulchritude." Listen to Valerie and Allison chat more about this... read more

COMP CLOSED: Short story challenge: June 2017

Wednesday 21 June 2017 marked the shortest day of the year here in the Southern Hemisphere – the winter solstice. We’re currently having four and half fewer hours of daylight than we’ll get on 22 December (the longest day). Four and a half hours! But it’s okay, because... read more

Q&A: Solstice and equinox

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week we're discussing... read more

COMP CLOSED: Win Caroline Baum’s “Only: A Singular Memoir”

This week’s giveaway is Only: A Singular Memoir by Caroline Baum. Caroline is an incredibly experienced journalist and was the founding editor of Good Reading magazine. She has interviewed many of the world’s top authors and now it’s her turn. Only is a painfully honest and entertaining... read more

Word of the week: Anomia

Anomia (noun) [uh-noh-mee-uh] This is the loss of the ability to name objects or recall names. So you might say “As he got older he began experiencing anomia.” We occasionally experience it in day-to-day situations too – when a word or name is “on the tip... read more

Q&A: Phenomenon vs phenomena

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week it's something... read more

Shelly Unwin: “I LOVE that I can call this my job.”

Success: Shelly has written a series of counting-themed picture books for one to five-year-olds – published June 2017 through Allen & Unwin. AWC courses completed: Writing Picture Books Writing Books for Children and Young Adults Background: Shelly Unwin was a stay-at-home mum with a young family... read more