Friday, 22 August 2014

Words That Heal

By Erin Reeve

Self-help books get a pretty bad rap. I know I feel pretty sheepish when looking through the self-help section of my local book shop, checking over my shoulder to make sure nobody I know can see me. So it was with a sense of trepidation that I went along to Books That Heal at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. Was it going to be a bunch of lonely people looking for the secret to finding happiness?

AIDS is Dead! Long Live HIV!

By Simon Copland

Is AIDS dead? Could we ever ‘end HIV’?
Facilitated by writer Dion Kagan, and featuring long-term AIDS activist Colin Batrouney and epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani, these were the questions addressed in the provocatively titled session ‘AIDs is Dead! Long Live HIV!’.

But what do these questions actually mean?

Opening Night: Helen Garner in conversation with Ramona Koval

By Christine Croyden

The adage that one should never let the truth get in the way of a good story is once again turned on its head by Helen Garner in her new book The House of Grief, where she painstakingly gets to the truth and in doing so creates a very good story.