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By Stephanie Bishop
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By Claire Corbett
Corruption and collusion in Scott Cooper’s ‘Black Mass’
By Luke Davies
Cold Chisel reconsidered
By Anwen Crawford
Snowtown director Justin Kurzel takes on ‘Macbeth’
By Peter Conrad
The femaleness of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels
By Helen Elliott
An Australian author writes for Burmese television
By Phillip Gwynne
It was my second day in Yangon and I was in a small, paint-peeled office, drinking sweet milky tea. Across the table a woman was telling me her story through a translator. “My mother sold my virginity to an old man when I was 14 years,” she said. The laborious interview process – the translator converting the
Has classical music become irrelevant?
By Anna Goldsworthy
A British author’s complicated relationship with the island continent
By Will Self
Children’s lit heroes Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton and Jill Griffiths step off the page and onto the stage
By Ashley Hay
Brian & Karl make films that speak their own languages
By Sam Twyford-Moore
Lee Lin Chin’s rise from SBS newsreader to queen of satire
By Benjamin Law
Kate Grenville’s book One Life is about her mother’s life through the 20th century; Annabel Crabb’s book The Wife Drought is about being a woman now. How have expectations changed? How far have we come? Watch them in conversation with Hilary Harper at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2015. Melbourne, August
In this Monthly Talks event, Paul Grabowsky and Paul Kelly discuss the fascinating and (for most Australians) mostly unknown history of indigenous popular music: Aboriginal Australia’s hidden hit parade.    Paul Grabowsky is the guest editor of the Monthly’s 2012 arts issue, and he discusses with
Part 1 | Part 2 In this meeting of Australian rock music royalty, Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) hosts an in-depth conversation with acclaimed singer-songwriter Paul Kelly about Kelly’s new memoir, How to Make Gravy. They discuss Kelly’s prose and songwriting, his influences and the task of setting down a personal
Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad, Berlin: The Downfall 1945, D-Day and Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble, is one of the world’s bestselling – and best loved – historians.    In this conversation with Robert Manne at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2015, Beevor discusses his research, writing
JM Coetzee, Cate Kennedy, David Malouf. Three great writers – one unique evening, courtesy of the Melbourne Writers Festival 2015. Watch as each of these remarkable Australian talents reads one of their own short stories in its entirety.   JM Coetzee reads ‘A House in Spain’, Cate Kennedy reads ‘Flexion’