To be continued: The Australian Newspaper Fiction Database

To be continued: The Australian Newspaper Fiction Database (

This project analysed the National Library of Australia’s digitised historical newspapers to identify 21,000 publications of novels, novellas and short stories, including new Australian fiction as well as stories from around the world. It is a crowdsourcing project that makes the fiction available for members of the public to read, correct and add to, with over 2,000 new titles added since the database was made public.

Reading at the Interface

Reading at the Interface (

Using massively expanded digital evidence of reception (in academic journals, newspapers and social media book reviewing platforms such as GoodReads and LibraryThing), this project investigates how understandings of Australian literature are formed and reformed in diverse sites. It also offers a theoretical investigation into the relationship between reading and modeling, considering both practices in relation to intersecting human and nonhuman assemblages.

Seeing Australian Literature Through new Eyes

Seeing Australian Literature Through new Eyes (

This project provides an interactive interface for exploring the archives of the major Australian literature journals: Antipodes, Australian Literary Studies, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Southerly, Sydney Review of Books and Westerly. 

Australian Common Reader Database

Australian Common Reader Database (

This project houses the largest collection of digitised library loan records in the world, including records from six regional Australian libraries from the period of 1861 to 1928. It includes information about borrowers’ occupation and gender, offering insights into the reading habits of thousands of ordinary Australians across the turn of the century.

The Stella Count

The Stella Count (

Since 2014, Julieanne Lamond and Melinda Harvey have been working with feminist nonprofit organisation The Stella Prize on an annual count of gender in book reviews in Australia. It has revealed significant inequities in how books by women and men are treated in Australian newspapers and periodicals, in print and online. The subsequent media attention has shifted industry practices: in 2015, only one of the 12 surveyed publications had reached gender parity: in 2018, 9 of the 12 had done so.

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