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Bringing Timothy Conigrave’s ‘Holding the Man’ to the screen
By Steve Dow
Random House; $32.99
By Brenda Walker
‘The Complete Works of Primo Levi’ reveals the Holocaust memoirist’s extraordinary breadth
By Ramon Glazov
“As you know, meat was scarce, and my wife thought it a shame to throw all the test animals into the incinerator. So every once in a while we would have a taste of one or another: several guinea pigs, a few rabbits; dogs and monkeys no, never.” The setting for Primo Levi’s story ‘Versamine’ (1965) is a
Catherine the Great still reigns in the NGV’s ‘Masterpieces from the Hermitage’
By Julie Ewington
Stories of South Sudan from Traralgon
By Arnold Zable
Man Booker-shortlisted author Deborah Levy speaks with philosopher Damon Young about her work. Deborah Levy is the author of Swimming Home, one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2012. Her new anthology of short stories is Black Vodka.
Body Electric’s jazz ballet for adults
By Nikki Lusk
Why we keep watching ‘The Americans’, ‘Veep’ and ‘House of Cards’
By Luke Davies
Icon as exhibit at ACMI’s ‘David Bowie Is’
By Anwen Crawford
Marina Abramović in Australia
By Fiona McGregor
Trans. Donald Barry and Stephen Muecke; Reaktion Books; $40
By Amanda Lohrey
The live storytelling smash hit 5 x 15 returns to the Sydney Writers’ Festival with another dazzling line-up. Working without scripts, the five speakers have just 15 minutes apiece. In this excerpt, poet and rap sensation Omar Musa talks rivers, history and place. You can watch the full 5 x 15
The live storytelling smash hit 5 x 15 returns to the Sydney Writers’ Festival with another dazzling line-up. Working without scripts, the five speakers have just 15 minutes apiece.   In this excerpt, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s artistic director and lead violinist, Richard Tognetti,
The live storytelling smash hit 5 x 15 returns to the Sydney Writers’ Festival with another dazzling line-up. Working without scripts, the five speakers have just 15 minutes apiece.   In this excerpt, crime writer Michael Connelly, creator of the bestselling Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller series,
The live storytelling smash hit 5 x 15 returns to the Sydney Writers’ Festival with another dazzling line-up, hosted by Diana Jenkins. Five speakers without scripts have just 15 minutes apiece. Richard Tognetti AO, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s celebrated lead violinist, ignites the lawless soul of the
Winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Award, Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing is a haunting, witty and intricately layered work. Wyld’s second novel follows a shearer called Jake as she runs away from an unknown past with her loyal dog. The Australian’s chief literary critic, Geordie Williamson, sits

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