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The Influence June 25, 2022

Rhys Nicholson

The style, wit and intelligence of Elaine Stritch have been beacons for comedian Rhys Nicholson.


Visual Art June 25, 2022

Artist Chiharu Shiota

The art of Chiharu Shiota – now on show in a major survey in Brisbane – tackles ineffable questions about absence.

Architecture June 25, 2022

Fish Lane Town Square

The Brisbane development Fish Lane Town Square is a brilliant reclamation of disused urban space.

Poetry June 25, 2022

Two poems

Watching Dulac’s La Coquille et le clergyman and thinking over my great-grandmother playing piano to accompany silent movies   I know this one wouldn’t have reached the picture houses of Perth, Western …

Theatre June 25, 2022

Cleansed

A new Sydney production of Sarah Kane’s iconic play Cleansed reveals the love that persists beneath the world’s brutality.

Visual Art June 25, 2022

Treasure Island

Daniel Boyd’s first major retrospective in an Australian gallery, Treasure Island, opens up multiple lenses on our history.

Film June 18, 2022

Director Baz Luhrmann

The film director has never aimed small – and few figures are bigger than Elvis Presley.

Visual Art June 18, 2022

The Picasso Century

As the National Gallery of Victoria’s new exhibition reveals, Picasso believed that art was a kind of magic.

Dance June 18, 2022

Bangarra’s Terrain

Bangarra’s vast hymn to Country shows the company has a bright future under incoming artistic director Frances Rings.

Books June 18, 2022

Geraldine Brooks
Horse

It is a truth universally acknowledged that journalists start their careers in unexpected places. For Sydney-born Geraldine Brooks it was compiling the horse-racing results for the then Fairfax press. Some decades, five novels and an unexpected lunchtime …

Books June 18, 2022

Scott McCulloch
Basin

In Scott McCulloch’s debut novel Basin, an aimless nomad called Figure traverses an interminable landscape that feels similar to the impossible staircase in Escher’s lithograph Ascending and Descending. Figure roams the territories …

Books June 18, 2022

Hayley Scrivenor
Dirt Town

Dirt Town has a simple plot: a girl goes missing, two out-of-town detectives arrive and the father becomes a suspect. Hayley Scrivenor’s debut is billed as a crime novel but the multiple perspectives she employs to elevate a prosaic storyline …

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Books June 25, 2022

Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Talking About a Revolution

“Being buried alive by social media hatred will force you to either construct impenetrable walls around your soul or quit completely.” So says Yassmin Abdel-Magied in her book Talking About a Revolution, a collection of essays old and new …

Books June 25, 2022

Nathan Hobby
The Red Witch: A Biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard

Katharine Susannah Prichard published her first short story in 1899 and her final novel in 1967. At last we have a definitive biography, a book tracing her life and the formation of the Australian literary culture she helped to create. Nathan Hobby reminds …

Books June 25, 2022

Ellis Gunn
Rattled

When he wanted to send a secret message, the ancient Greek tyrant Histiaeus shaved the head of a slave, tattooed the message on his scalp and, once the hair had grown back, sent him on his way. In this story, Ellis Gunn finds a key metaphor for how patriarchal …