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The Conversation - poetry collection

This collection of short articles is about poetry, and its role, relevance and meaning in contemporary Australia and the modern world. It includes commentary about the point of learning poetry, the role of poetry in understanding history (e.g. WW1, Arab Spring, the moon landing), and the role of a Poet Laureate. The articles ...

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Can you agree to disagree about a cult book?

Can your feelings about a book be so strong that they influence your relationships with others? In this clip, a panel of authors, literary critics and a publisher discuss how they respond to people who don't share their passion for a cult book. Listen, too, as they discuss whether quality of writing is essential in a cult book.

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Exploring symbolism in Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis'

Since its publication in 1915, Franz Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis' has troubled and delighted readers all over the world. It tells the story of Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning to find himself mysteriously transformed into a giant insect. What could this all mean? In this clip, a range of responses to this question ...

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Joan London's 'Gilgamesh': a literary journey

Imagine undertaking a journey to eastern Europe at the start of World War II. This amazing tale of a young single mother from rural Western Australia is the plot of Joan London's novel 'Gilgamesh'. In this clip, explore the motif of the journey in literature. It will help if you are familiar with the novel.

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Joan London's 'Gilgamesh': exploring genre

How many times have you chosen a book based simply on its genre? Identifying the genre of a text can often be the key to whether we like it or not. In this clip, explore the ways genre has been manipulated in Joan London's novel 'Gilgamesh'. Jennifer Byrne's panellists from left to right are: China Mieville, Marieke Hardy, ...

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Cult novels and their characters

A cult novel is one that holds special status for certain readers. Generally, cult novels are those that are passionately loved by a small group of people. In this clip, discover why author Markus Zusak's favourite cult novel is 'Catch-22' by Joseph Heller.

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Metal munchers: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Metal munchers: assessment' (L7557). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the interpretation of student input related to performing tests on a range of everyday materials to discover which are metals. ...