Culture May 8, 2021

Schubert’s nightingale

To mark the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s performances of Schubert’s ‘perfect’ quintet, British poet George Szirtes explores how the work generates meaning from disruption and mortality.

Television May 8, 2021

See What You Made Me Do

Jess Hill’s documentary See What You Made Me Do, based on her best-selling book, is a tough but illuminating look at a scourge of Australian society.

Poetry May 8, 2021

Black walnuts

In Memoriam Kate Jennings: poet, novelist, feminist (1948–2021)

Poetry May 8, 2021

Poems by Kate Jennings

(1948–2021)   Once there was a way to get back home For Djuna Barnes who wrote The Book of Repulsive Women   Thinking about home and where it will be, thinking about home, preoccupied with thinking …

Theatre May 8, 2021

Fun Home

The STC’s Australian premiere brings a sense of compassion to the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking graphic novel Fun Home.

Architecture May 8, 2021

Australian War Memorial

The proposed redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial not only compromises Charles Bean’s original vision for a ‘simple, solemn, exquisite building’, it calls into question our processes of public governance.

Books May 1, 2021

Jamie Marina Lau
Gunk Baby

A “non-place”, as Marc Augé describes in his 1995 essay-turned-book Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, is a venue whose uniformity of design makes it indistinguishable from another, regardless of where you are …

Games May 1, 2021

Umurangi Generation

Naphtali Faulkner’s first-person photography game Umurangi Generation is a fun dystopian romp that develops into an insightful exploration of the insidiousness of fascism.

Books May 1, 2021

Chloe Wilson
Hold Your Fire

“They said: ‘Keep that boy at arm’s length’. But whose arm? The arm of an orangutan, a giant squid, a Tyrannosaurus rex?” These lines from Chloe Wilson’s short story collection Hold Your Fire could be a response to the standard advice …

Books May 1, 2021

Fiona Murphy
The Shape of Sound

“The shape of sound” is not just a metaphor. Sound is literally shapely. It’s physical, forceful; it can be overwhelming. Fiona Murphy’s debut memoir reminds us that while the “prevailing assumption is that deaf people hear nothing ... I feel …

Poetry May 1, 2021

Three poems

The dilemma of writing a few verses The dilemma of writing a poem without light, without the amenities of paper and ink without the digital keyboard but with memory correcting each verse like a clock tired of telling the time, a …

Culture May 1, 2021

Barrister Geoffrey Robertson

After a lifetime spent defending human rights, Geoffrey Robertson’s faith in international law is fading. But he is fighting on.


Books May 8, 2021

James Boyce (ed.)
Inga Clendinnen: Selected Writings

As this posthumous collection shows, Inga Clendinnen’s faith in the public defined her work. “I … think my readers are as enthralled by the tough issues as I am,” she writes. “ ‘Popular history’ need not mean – must not mean – dumbed-down …

Books May 8, 2021

Rachel Cusk
Second Place

“There’s an idea that a successful narrative is one that gives you no choice in the matter; but mostly I imagine it’s a question of both sides conspiring to keep the suspension aloft.” So writes Rachel Cusk in my favourite of her essays, the titular …

Books May 8, 2021

Scott Ludlam
Full Circle: a search for the world that comes next

Those wanting a straightforward reflection on a life in green politics at the tipping point of the Anthropocene may not find what they are looking for in Full Circle: a search for the world that comes next, the authorial debut from former Australian …