Television September 18, 2021

SBS documentary Lost for Words

An unexpectedly joyous documentary series highlights how many people struggle with literacy every day.

Games September 18, 2021

The Artful Escape

The Artful Escape’s exuberant style and psychedelic soundtrack can’t mask its essential superficiality.

Architecture September 18, 2021

New look for Upfield railway line

The new Upfield railway line development is a triumph, restoring parkland to space-starved citizens.

The Influence September 18, 2021

Damiano Bertoli (1969–2021)

Melbourne artist Lisa Radford, a friend and colleague of Damiano Bertoli’s, remembers his major work Le Désir, a series of performances of a little-known play by Picasso.

Culture September 18, 2021

Arts dynamo Deborah Ely

After a decade overseeing the construction and opening of Bundanon’s groundbreaking new art museum, Deborah Ely is moving on to the next big thing.

Fiction September 18, 2021

About this object

Paintbox, belonging to Isaac Smith, who carried it on the voyage of the Endeavour (1768-1771) and the later voyages of the Resolution (1772-1775 and 1776-1779). Smith was the midshipman cousin of the wife of the captain, the famous Captain …

The Influence September 11, 2021

Jazz Money

Poet Jazz Money talks about how Alexis Wright’s novel Carpentaria has inspired her work and paved the way for other Indigenous writers.

Books September 11, 2021

Sally Rooney
Beautiful World, Where Are You

Across the world, readers are lining up to buy 30-year-old Irish writer Sally Rooney’s third novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You. It follows Conversations with Friends (2017) and Normal People (2018), the latter having sold …

Books September 11, 2021

Paul Cleary
Title Fight: How the Yindjibarndi Battled and Defeated a Mining Giant

“I do not feel or see myself as something that is separate and different from Yindjibarndi Country,” Michael Woodley told the Federal Court in 2017, “because my spirit comes from my Country and is always connected to it.” Woodley, chief executive …

Books September 11, 2021

Monique Truong
The Sweetest Fruits

Monique Truong often stumbles upon her characters in the margins of other books, appearing at the edges of another’s story. The protagonist of her award-winning debut novel, The Book of Salt (2003), appeared first in The Alice B. Toklas …

Music September 11, 2021

Kacey Musgraves’ Star-Crossed

The joyousness of Kacey Musgraves’ previous album entranced even hardened cynics, but her latest work, Star-Crossed, takes us back to the dark.

Theatre September 11, 2021

Boy Swallows Universe

The stage adaptation of Boy Swallows Universe is a celebration of Brisbane – the good, the bad and the ugly.


Books September 18, 2021

Charif Majdalani
Beirut 2020: The Collapse of a Civilization, a Journal

Charif Majdalani is one of Lebanon’s most laurelled novelists. Born in Beirut in 1960, he writes in French and has been celebrated across the Francophone world. He lived in France for 13 years from 1980 and was later a professor of French literature …

Books September 18, 2021

Claire-Louise Bennett
Checkout 19

Claire-Louise Bennett’s 2015 novel Pond was a minor masterpiece offering an account in granular detail of the life of a solitary woman living on the west coast of Ireland. Her second novel, Checkout 19, is more expansive in scope and …

Books September 18, 2021

Michelle Tom
Ten Thousand Aftershocks

The Christchurch earthquake of February 22, 2011 hammered Michelle Tom’s house, but the terror didn’t stop that day. It was repeated in the “ten thousand aftershocks” of her memoir’s title. One day the following December after two giant aftershocks, …