Sarah Price

is a Sydney-based writer.

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News July 31, 2021

An Afghan in detention

A refugee who worked with the Australians during the war in Afghanistan waits in detention as some of his family are killed by the Taliban and others are at increasing risk.

Sport July 21, 2021

Andrew Hoy saddles up for Tokyo 2020

At 62, three-time Olympic gold medallist Andrew Hoy is in Tokyo for his eighth Games – the most of any Australian athlete in history.

News July 17, 2021

Covid-19 and immigration detention

During the pandemic, immigration detention centres have become more crowded. Despite many guards living in Covid-19 hotspots, there are no extra precautions for asylum seekers, no distancing and no access to vaccines. Advocates warn of a superspreading event if the virus gets in.

Culture June 20, 2020

A tribute to Arthur Summons

He was a small man with a huge heart and left an indelible mark on the games of rugby league and rugby union. Arthur Summons was also one half of the famous “Gladiators” image. “I didn’t really do anything to make it happen. Just tripped over in the mud, had a photo taken and became famous.”

Culture May 02, 2020

Author Jess Hill’s inner power

Jess Hill’s incisive examination of domestic violence saw the journalist win the coveted Stella Prize last month. But the four-year project also took an immense personal toll. “All that advice about self-care … I didn’t do any of it. I almost pointedly didn’t do it. I thought: ‘You need to feel, even just one iota of the pain and suffering the people you are talking to are feeling.’ If I was feeling really relaxed and detached from it, I wouldn’t be able to write about it in the way I wanted to … I sort of had to inhabit it.”

News April 18, 2020

Resilience NSW commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons

After leading the NSW Rural Fire Service through the summer’s bushfire crisis, Shane Fitzsimmons has now taken up a new challenge – how the state will recover from Covid-19.

Portrait November 02, 2019

NSW Rural Fire Service’s Shane Fitzsimmons

A walk through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons.

Culture October 12, 2019

Australian Brandenberg Orchestra’s Paul Dyer

Watching and listening to the artistic director of the Australian Brandenberg Orchestra, Paul Dyer.

Culture August 03, 2019

Artist Guy Warren

A visit to the studio of nonagenarian artist Guy Warren.

Portrait March 30, 2019

Theatre director Jessica Arthur

Talking process with Sydney Theatre Company’s resident director Jessica Arthur.

Culture February 09, 2019

OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn

A tour through the headquarters of food distributor OzHarvest with CEO Ronni Kahn.

Portrait January 26, 2019

Sydney Lunar Festival’s Valerie Khoo

A chat with Australian Writers’ Centre founder, visual artist and curator of the 2019 City of Sydney Lunar Festival Valerie Khoo.

Portrait December 01, 2018

Big hART’s Scott Rankin

Lunch with Scott Rankin, the creative director of the arts and social change organisation, Big hART.

Culture November 24, 2018

The passions of artist Saskia Boddeke

The immersive works of multimedia artist Saskia Boddeke reflect her belief in the need for deep, emotional engagement in art. It was a passion shared by Matisse’s Russian patron Sergey Shchukin, the subject of Boddeke’s film installation in the Masters of modern art from the Hermitage exhibition. “Art is an absolute necessity; it is a universal thing we share. All over the world, we express ourselves in painting, in music, in speaking, in putting words in an order that touch your heart. That is how we recognise things. Art makes us civil. Art makes us look – not only at paintings, but at other people. It shows us the beauty in difference.”

Portrait November 10, 2018

Anote Tong and climate change

A drink in a Glebe pub with ex-President of Kiribati and Nobel Peace prize nominee, Anote Tong.

Portrait October 13, 2018

Author Deb Kandelaars

The writer of Memoirs of a Suburban Girl on her long road out of a violent relationship. “There I am, right in the middle of my teenage years and suddenly in a serious relationship. A relationship that pushes away my other life. Being hit was beyond my world experience. I didn’t want it to happen again. I started treading a little bit more carefully, and that set up a power dynamic.”

Portrait September 15, 2018

Game of Thrones’ Deborah Riley

Production designer Deborah Riley on building the world of Westeros.

Portrait September 01, 2018

Author Will Kostakis

A coffee in Redfern with the young-adult writer.

Culture August 18, 2018

Artist Sun Xun on truth and meaning

The work of Chinese artist Sun Xun explores concepts of time and space, truth and lies – always searching for answers. As the first solo exhibition of his work in Australia opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, he talks about the role of the artist. “We live in a lie, in a big lie system. People should jump out from the lie circle and touch the world. It is the modern world’s problem. Where is the truth? I don’t know. In my art, I want to make people think: ‘Don’t believe our world – it is a big lie.’ I am trying to open the door for people.”

Portrait August 18, 2018

A Congolese doctor in Sydney

How a doctor forced to flee the Democratic Republic of the Congo is making a new life in Sydney.

Portrait June 09, 2018

Author Gabriel Tallent

Gabriel Tallent, writer of My Absolute Darling, discusses inspiration and motivation.

Portrait May 12, 2018

Artist Wendy Sharpe

A visit to the Sydney studio of artist Wendy Sharpe.

Portrait April 28, 2018

Michaela McGuire, Sydney Writers’ Festival

A conversation with the artistic director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, Michaela McGuire.

Culture March 17, 2018

Ciara Phillips’ Biennale workshop

For the 21st Biennale of Sydney, artist Ciara Phillips is creating a collaborative printmaking studio, posters from which will run each week in The Saturday Paper. She talks about the role of art in social change. “I find it really difficult to explain: how do you make art? Basically it’s the sum total of all the things I think about.”

Portrait January 27, 2018

Author Debra Adelaide

A seat at the desk of academic, poet and author Debra Adelaide.

Portrait December 09, 2017

Tim Jennings and Aboriginal art

“Since he first started travelling to Utopia, Tim Jennings has been collecting paintings by various artists. His gallery, Mbantua, now has a permanent collection: 30 years’ worth of art from Utopia. ‘I thought it could be very important to see how …”

Culture November 25, 2017

Actor and director Kenneth Branagh

Well known for playing some of Shakespeare’s most flawed characters on stage and screen, Kenneth Branagh is now searching for the emotional truth behind a famous detective. Here, he talks about embodying and directing Poirot. “I was incredibly concentrated in both ways: as Poirot I was listening and looking for the lie, and as director, I was in a way, listening and looking for the lie. Both things operated at the same time.”

Portrait October 28, 2017

Danny’s outback tours

A walk through the Northern Territory’s wilderness with Danny.

Portrait October 14, 2017

‘Food Safari Earth’ host Maeve O’Meara

Home cooking in Sydney’s diverse communities, with Food Safari Earth’s Maeve O’Meara.

Portrait September 16, 2017

Author Melina Marchetta

Talking to the author of Looking for Alibrandi at the St Albans Writers’ Festival.

Portrait September 02, 2017

‘Anaesthesia’ author Kate Cole-Adams

Writing about pain relief brought Kate Cole-Adams face to face with the big philosophical questions.

Portrait August 05, 2017

Photographer Jonny Lewis

Street photographer Jonny Lewis is documenting and preserving local and global communities.

Portrait July 22, 2017

Author Marija Peričić

Marija Peričić in her first flush of fame.

Culture July 01, 2017

‘Fight Club’ producer Ross Grayson Bell

When no studio wanted to touch Fight Club, producer Ross Grayson Bell fought hard to get the film green-lighted. Now, he’s back home in Australia and pulling no punches with budding storytellers.

Portrait May 27, 2017

Recycling artist Sarah Goffman

Sarah Goffman on finding art among other people’s rubbish.

Portrait May 06, 2017

Science philosopher Peter Godfrey-Smith

“We meet at his apartment block in Manly, from where he can hear the sea. It’s early evening, and the light is softened by a dense, salty haze. Restaurants and cafes on the street front are beginning to fill, the surf slowly emptying of people. Norfolk …”

Portrait March 18, 2017

Author and academic Eva Cox

A visit to writer and activist Eva Cox's house.

Portrait March 11, 2017

Kathryn Heyman, author

Free-diver Kathryn Heyman, author of Storm and Grace.

Portrait December 17, 2016

Redfern’s Aunty Donna Ingram

Redfern Wiradjuri woman Donna Ingram

Culture December 03, 2016

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s compelling journey

Pakistani filmmaker and journalist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on devoting her life to exposing violence against women.

Portrait November 12, 2016

An audience with poet and author Fiona Wright

Small Acts of Disappearance author Fiona Wright on the strange relationship between hunger and writing.

Portrait November 05, 2016

‘Love activist’ Christina Stevens

A hug and a chat with the woman taking her message of love to the masses.

Portrait August 20, 2016

Asylum Seeker Centre CEO Frances Rush

A tour of Sydney’s Asylum Seeker Centre.

Portrait June 11, 2016

Actress and screenwriter Alison Bell

Lunch at a busy cafe with Alison Bell.

Portrait March 12, 2016

Writer Robin Hemley

Robin Hemley explains the fiction of all writing.

Portrait December 19, 2015

Christmas at the Wayside Chapel

Sarah Price pulls up a pew with Graham Long of Sydney’s Wayside Chapel

Portrait November 28, 2015

Phil Glendenning: Refugee Council president, garage rocker

Phil Glendinning steps off the pub stage to chat about tracking down Australia’s refouled refugees.

Portrait October 24, 2015

Novelist Charlotte Wood’s natural ways

Shedding light on the darkness that informs Charlotte Wood’s latest work.

Portrait September 26, 2015

The uncertain future of a young asylum seeker in Australia

Every day he calls his mother in Afghanistan, just to see if his family is still alive.

Portrait July 18, 2015

The writer stuff

The writing mentor finally finds time to write.

Portrait May 30, 2015

James Bradley’s climate of fear

A 150-novels-a-year man.

Portrait October 11, 2014

Geoff Hunt and the quest for understanding

Twenty years ago they were young and carefree. Now one is dead and the country stunned by his actions.