October 2022

Essays  Right arrow


Strength to strength

Back to Back Theatre’s ensemble, work and philosophy have drawn international acclaim, and now theatre’s most prestigious prize

Strength to strength
The ideal reader


The ideal reader

A reflection on poetry, on inspiration and on an imagined audience

The influences of Gareth Sansom


The influences of Gareth Sansom

What Francis Bacon inspired in Australia’s great avant-garde painter

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

Arts Minister Tony Burke


The road ahead for cultural policy

Public consultation is under way, but what hope is there for true ambition in cultural leadership?

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Unfettered culture

Whose input should be sought on the future of Australia’s arts and culture?

Illustration by Quentin Sprague


The artful ledger

Funding to artists shouldn’t require bureaucratic acquittals and demonstrated outcomes

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Australians all, let us read verse

What appointing a poet laureate would do for the nation


How lockdowns rekindled our need to sing together

From impromptu balcony choruses to online choirs, we found our voices during the pandemic

Five minutes with the Queen

What happened when a non-royalist was invited to photograph QEII for the golden jubilee

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Uncle Jack Charles

Indigenous Australia

What would Jack Charles do?

Remembering the inspirational Uncle Jack, actor, activist and sparkle-eyed mentor

Grace Tame


A marathon: Grace Tame’s ‘The Ninth Life of a Diamond Miner’

The former Australian of the Year’s memoir is a damning indictment of every institution that failed her

Laura Paredes in ‘Trenque Lauquen’


Last tango in Venice: ‘Trenque Lauquen’

Why Laura Citarella’s Borgesian thriller shouldn’t get lost among the Venice Film Festival’s PR distractions

Noted  Right arrow

Cover of ‘Liberation Day’


George Saunders’ ‘Liberation Day’

The Booker Prize–winning author’s return to literary, comedic short fiction further essays our basic selfishness

Detail of Mandy Martin, Romantic Coastal Landscape (1986)


‘Rhythms of the Earth’

A TarraWarra Museum of Art exhibition reframes landscapes to highlight vulnerability and impermanence

In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
Immersive Art Adventures: 2022–23 Program
In light of recent events