books December 21, 2019

Best books of 2019 #1

When it comes to Australian literature, I have already raved about Charlotte Wood’s The Weekend , but Carrie Tiffany’s Exploded View is shockingly good. It’s the kind of book that has an uncanny somatic legacy; it gets under your skin and stays...

books December 21, 2019

Best books of 2019 #2

The story of books in 2019 starts with the story of our lives, which for the first time in history can be read like books, and, like books, they can also now be authored by other minds. Identifying a mutant form of capitalism that thrives on “...

fiction December 21, 2019


A new short story from the award-winning author of Ghost River, Common People and The White Girl.

theatre December 21, 2019

Best stage performances of 2019

While Australian artists face challenging times, brilliant work is still being staged.

film December 21, 2019

Best films of 2019

Streaming services increased their domination of the film industry this year, but the big screen still holds a vital place in cinema.

art December 21, 2019

Sydney Biennale artistic director Brook Andrew

For the 2020 Sydney Biennale, artistic director Brook Andrew is challenging the dominant narratives of this country, instead bringing together perspectives that have been unjustly relegated. “Australia is on a precipice of change in this present moment, with people renegotiating and confronting histories which shift dimensionally. It’s about who we are today, and there is a moral question that arises in this, which is: Where do you stand in the face of change?”

books December 14, 2019

Writer Lindy West

Using her brilliant wit as a tool for political activism, writer Lindy West has fought for social justice issues such as fat liberation and abortion rights. The author of Shrill – now an acclaimed TV series – and The Witches Are Coming speaks about her work. “There’s something intoxicating about being defiant, especially when you start to articulate all the ways in which your life has been made smaller and more difficult by systems of power.”

art December 14, 2019

Yhonnie Scarce and Edition Office’s In Absence

At NGV International, an architectural collaboration between Edition Office and Yhonnie Scarce invites visitors to reflect on the erasures of colonisation.

music December 14, 2019

Harry Styles’ Fine Line

Harry Styles’ second solo album, Fine Line, is at its best when the pop star reveals his vulnerable side, but the record needs some reining in.

books December 14, 2019

The Best Australian Science Writing 2019

We are living on the doorstep of a new global dark age, in which superstition, conspiracy theories and distrust of scientific expertise have risen hand in hand with right-wing authoritarianism. The howls of climate crisis denialists fill the air,...

books December 14, 2019

Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung

Ovid’s The Metamorphoses , that epic medley of transfiguration and rebirth, is one of the more controversial texts in the canon of European literature because so many of the myths it narrates involve some form of sexual violence. In Wake, Siren ,...