Poor and sparsely populated Portugal led other European nations in voyages of discovery and acqusition of foreign territory.
ANTONY PITTS is a composer and conductor, and formerly BBC senior producer and senior lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music. Founder of British ensemble Tonus Peregrinus, he is now artistic director of The Song Company in Australia. His latest work, inspired by Alexander Litvinenko, is Requiem for the Time of the End.
Ebony Bowden Author JK Rowling has announced a new book which will follow the next generation as they set off for Hogwarts.
Susan Wyndham Translator honoured by the French; a Jules Verne classic from Australia; new life for critics' prize
Jason Steger Tanner's home from home; optimism about print; when Dimitris met Laurie; and the PEN boss comes to town.
Susan Wyndham Although the Stella Prize was launched three years ago to recognise both fiction and nonfiction by Australian women, fiction in all its forms dominates the longlist released on Tuesday.
Jason Steger Dimitris Tsaloumas won a National Book Council award for The Observatory and later the Patrick White award for a writer deemed not to have been sufficiently recognised.
Ron Cerabona Literary news in Canberra.
Jason Steger The creator of such subversive characters as Old Tom, Mr Chicken and Horrible Harriet has been named as the next Australian Children's Laureate.
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Kibabu was unimpressed when Lou Grossfeldt turned up at his new home at Mogo Zoo.