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A speechwriter’s guide to eulogising Bob Hawke

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June 21, 2019 Guest Post 0 Comments

We asked Dr Lucinda Holdforth, one of Australia's leading speechwriters and author of Leading Lines, to analyse the way Australians farewelled the former PM. She sees speeches as much more than a string of words nervously addressed to a disengaged crowd, but rather as important communicative devices. In her book on the subject, Lucinda reminds us that democracies rise and fall on the quality of the debates we conduct and the subsequent decisions we make. READ MORE

Finding time to write – and then using it …

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Danielle Hawkins lives on a sheep and beef farm near Otorohanga with her husband and two children. She works part-time as a large animal vet, and writes when the kids are at school. To say her life is busy is a gross understatement and yet she's just published her fourth novel When It All Went to Custard. For all aspiring writers (particularly those who are mums), Danielle has given us an insight into her writing process. READ MORE

Why the first page of a manuscript is so important

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Unsurprisingly, first impressions are important when convincing publishers to take a chance on a manuscript. But there's a fine art to a good opening, and even the best story can be let down by a bad first page. Anna Valdinger, our Commercial Fiction Publisher, reads a lot of submission letters. So she knows a thing or two about what makes a manuscript stand out. We asked her to share a few top tips for writers to consider when submitting their work for The Banjo Prize. READ MORE

Unconventional approaches to the challenges of 21st century parenting

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January 29, 2019 Guest Post 0 Comments

Jessica Dettman, blogger and author of the recently released How to Be Second Best, has had enough of parents suffocating under the weight of comparison. So, in the spirit of her debut novel, she's embracing the power of self-acceptance and letting herself and her family be ... happy. In this guest post, she gives you one remarkably simple way that parents can overcome the information overload that is parenting in the 21st century. READ MORE

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