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Interview: Jules Faber

Jules Faber illustrates children’s books for some of Australia’s biggest publishers, including Anh Do’s ‘WeirDo’ series for Scholastic and David Warner’s ‘Kaboom Kid’ series for Simon & Schuster. Back in 2004 he had a book of short fiction published making him an author as well! Jules is a trained animator and has worked on an animated show for Disney, drawn editorial cartoons for numerous newspapers, drawn tens of thousands of caricatures at live events and won multiple awards for his comic strips and book illustration, including the Rotary Cartoon Awards ‘Best Comic Strip’ and the Australian Book Industry Awards ‘Book…

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A Zombie Outbreak Taught Me About Parenthood

Video game developer/publisher Telltale Games leapt into the spotlight with their latest game: The Walking Dead in 2012. Based on the comic series of the same name, it ended up winning numerous awards, catapulting the company into the mainstream, and changing the way episodic, story-driven games would be seen forever. And it also gave me the opportunity to consider what relationships I might want to create and develop in my own life. The Walking Dead introduced numerous features that made the game so enticing to play, such as forcing players to make split-second decisions with lasting consequences. These innovative gameplay…

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Interview: Rebecca Bowyer

Rebecca Bowyer is a Melbourne copywriter, content writer, blogger, book & theatre reviewer and historian. She’s currently working on her first novel, set in a future when children are parented by professional Maters and Paters. This interview is part of our series investigating where creative people draw their inspiration from.   TRM: What were your favourite texts growing up?  RB: I’ve always loved Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn chronicles and read everything by John Marsden that I could get my hands on, especially Tomorrow, When The War Began. Their characters felt real – I could easily imagine myself into the story –…

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Interview: Rohit Kumar

This interview with Dr Rohit Kumar, a cosmetic plastic surgeon, is part of our ongoing series which looks into how creative people draw inspiration from pop culture.   TRM: What were your favourite texts growing up? RK: Growing up I always gravitated towards adventure novels. Willard Price’s “adventure” series was always a great choice and I remember the thrill and challenge amongst myself and my friends to try and complete a collection of his entire series. The stories were about two teenage brothers travelling the world collecting animals for their father’s zoo and the challenges they encountered. It’s probably a…

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Having Fun and Learning Too with Video Games

At the age of 24, most activities still struggle to hold my interest. As you can imagine, the rigid structure of the educational system played havoc with my attention span back in my school years. I did the bare minimum to get by, and came away with nothing more than average grades as a result. Video games have been a constant backdrop throughout the course of my life, and they, along with my family and friends, have provided me with a second education. For the past twenty years, I have obtained all sorts of valuable skills through the medium of…

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Five Great Things to Read

With the passing of another month, another countless load of words have been committed to writing. Here are five great examples of such writing, because sorting through (near) infinity is unrealistic. Memory is the mysterious fuel of memoir. Both ostensibly hold claims to truth, but as Robert Atwan writes for Creative Nonfiction, attempting to educate ourselves on the mechanism (and slipperiness) of both will go towards a new understanding of critically engaging with life-writing. Fiona Wright reviews Dodie Bellamy’s recent essay collection, When the Sick Rule the World, for The Lifted Brow. Bellamy’s essay artfully deals with ideas of sickness, its…

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Interview: Sarah Cannata

Sarah Cannata is a professional writer, journalist and best-selling author. She specialises in working with women running their own small to medium businesses. 2016 is going to be a massive year for Sarah who is launching a digital magazine called This Woman Can and releasing her first picture book. This Woman Can is a digital magazine for those looking to delve deeper into the important issues in life. Meanwhile, the Willow Willpower series is for kids aged between 4 to 7 years old and is all about sending positive messages to kids who dare to dream. It will be available…