Peter Conrad


37 ENTRIES Peter Conrad’s most recent book is How the World Was Won. His Myths of the Day, based on a BBC radio series, will be published in 2016.


Curtain call


Curtain call

Joan Sutherland

An eye for tyrants


An eye for tyrants

Snowtown director Justin Kurzel takes on ‘Macbeth’

Rolf Harris performing 'Jake the Peg' in 1966. © Bill Orchard / Rex Features

Child abuse

Inside the strange world of Rolf Harris

Behind the wobbleboard

Danie Mellor, An Elysian City (of Picturesque Landscapes and Memory), 2010. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra


‘Australia’ at the Royal Academy, London

A limited survey of Australian art

Lorina Gore, one of the Rhinemaidens performing in November’s Ring cycle in Melbourne.

© Keith Saunders

The ‘Ring’ cycle in Melbourne

A week at the opera

Tim Winton’s ‘Eyrie’ and Richard Flanagan’s ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’

Tim Winton’s ‘Eyrie’ and Richard Flanagan’s ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’

Light and shadow

Specular holograms at the Museum of Mathematics.  © Steven Severinghaus

New York’s Museum of Mathematics

  Childhood is when we learn how to piece the world together. We have to find our way through a labyrinth of riddles and conundrums, which can only be solved by the accident-prone inductive method. Few of us progress through this wonderland with …

Tiptoeing beyond tulips with Nederlands Dans Theater


Tiptoeing beyond tulips with Nederlands Dans Theater

The dance company redefines an art form

© Johann Persen


‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ theatre review

Good medicine

Barack Obama

A Less Perfect Union

Obama’s next challenge

Anna Funder © Marco Del Grande/Fairfax Syndication

Miles Franklin

Free Agent

Anna Funder finds her feet in Brooklyn

Obama's election day cheer squad, Harlem, New York, 4 November 2008. © Ingvar Kenne


Waiting for Barack

The improbable president

Cape Town Opera's UK production of 'Porgy and Bess', 2012. © John Snelling

South Africa

Plenty o’ Nuttin’

Cape Town Opera

Simone Young in 2005. © Klaus Lefebvre


Simone Young

Cate Blanchett and Robert Menzies in STC's 'Big and Small'. © Lisa Tomasetti


She’s not there

The curious case of Cate Blanchett