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Birds of paradise: aesthetic wonders that dance and move and stimulate ideas

Birds of paradise: aesthetic wonders that dance and move and stimulate ideas
By Alex Christodoulou It’s impossible to watch a mating dance by one of the forty-two species of birds of paradise and not marvel at what magnifice...

The thalidomide story

By Dr Janet McCredie AM Between 1958 and 1962, thousands of babies across the Western world were unaccountably born with a plethora of physical de...

Stick to the point

Black and white illustration of four rows of pencils, hand drawn.

Happy National Pencil Day! In honour of this important occasion, here are five reasons why pencils are infinitely better than pens. 

Q&A with Teya Brooks Pribac, author of Enter the Animal

Photo of the heads of Teya and Orpheus-Pumpkin, the sheep. Teya is holding her book Enter the Animal with a photo of sheep's head on the cover. The book obscures most of Teya's head, leaving eyes and the arm visible.

Teya Brooks Pribac, PhD, is an independent scholar and multidisciplinary artist. In Enter the Animal, she examines academic and popular discourse on animals’ experiences of grief and spirituality.

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day in 1901

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day in 1901
These days St Patrick’s Day, observed on 17 March, is a lively celebration of Irish culture. It usually features parades and festivals, beer and all things green. The event started as a religious holiday commemorating the life of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Q & A with Peter Li, author of Animal Welfare in China

On a paved footpath, a white fluffy dog sits next to a man who has crouched down to pat him. The man (author Peter Li) wears a blue sports coat, cream pants and running shoes.
Peter Li is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston-Downtown. In Animal Welfare in China: Culture, Politics and Cris...

Revolutionary textbook saves students thousands

The cover of Australian Politics and Policy textbook showing the title and the outline of the roof of Parliament House superimposed on a brick wall.

By Alex Christodoulou

The publishing landscape is always changing. If it isn’t the eBook, it’s Amazon and the self-publishing boom. Once upon a time, the introduction of paperbacks made people sit up and take notice by putting books in people’s hands at a fraction of the previous cost.

But when you think of game-changers in the publishing industry, I’ll wager a textbook on Australian politics and policy doesn’t immediately spring to mind.

Q & A with Rowena Lennox, author of Dingo Bold

Q & A with Rowena Lennox, author of Dingo Bold

Rowena Lennox has worked as a book editor for many years and is an adjunct research fellow at the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney. Her first book, Fighting Spirit of East Timor, won a New South Wales Premier’s History Award. Her second book, Dingo Bold, was published in January 2021.

Happy World Hippo Day!

Happy World Hippo Day!
15 February is World Hippo Day. To celebrate, here are some of our favourite hippos, all featured in John Simons' wonderful book Obaysch: A Hippopotamus in Victorian London.  

Q & A with Caitlyn Radice, Publishing Intern

A photo of Caitlyn Radice.

Caitlyn Radice has been part of the SUP team from September 2020 to February 2021, working remotely. She is a Master of Publishing student with a love for YA fantasy and manga. She currently lives in Sydney and is hoping to travel as soon as she can.

2021 preview and holiday closure

2021 preview and holiday closure
We wish all our readers, authors and colleagues a restful break and a very happy new year. The SUP office will be closed from 23 December through 6...

Season's Greetings from Sydney University Press

close-up photo of native Australian "Christmas bush" plant, with pink flowers and pale green leaves
As we head towards the festive season, the SUP team wishes all our readers, authors and supporters a restful end to 2020 and a very happy new year. This December we publish three exciting new books and are delighted to give you a preview of some of our 2021 highlights.