Australian politics, society & culture


Are creativity and addiction intrinsically linked? Authors Elspeth Muir (Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief, and a Death in Brisbane), Liam Pieper (The Feel-Good Hit of the Year) and Luke Williams (The Ice Age) discuss this question with session chair Erik Jensen (editor of the Saturday Paper and author of Acute
This Byron Writers Festival 2016 session brings together writers who have explored themes of art and music in their work.   Jeffery Renard Allen is a poet, essayist and academic whose most recent novel is Song of the Shank. Rosalyn D’Mello is a New Delhi–based arts writer and the author of the memoir A
This Byron Writers Festival 2016 interview between Charles Waterstreet and Erik Jensen takes the format of a live profile, in which Jensen lays bare the journalistic process for the audience. Charles Waterstreet is a barrister, author, theatre and film producer. He has written two memoirs, produced two films and is
‘Does Writing Matter?’ The inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture, Melbourne Writers Festival 2016
By Richard Flanagan
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Season two; ABC2
By Harry Windsor
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Hachette; $32.99
By Brenda Walker
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Angel Olsen’s ‘My Woman’ and Sarah Mary Chadwick’s ‘Roses Always Die’
By Anwen Crawford
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Matt Ross’ ‘Captain Fantastic’ is a portrait of a family in the wilderness
By Luke Davies
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Ben Lerner’s ‘The Hatred of Poetry’ brings together questions of art and politics
By Justin Clemens
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Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’
By Martin Krygier
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The life and legacy of Roald Dahl
By Anwen Crawford
Durbach Block Jaggers is a practice in argument
By Erik Jensen
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Chatto & Windus; $29.99
By Peter Craven
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Fourth Estate; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
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The Avalanches’ ‘Wildflower’ isn’t the comeback we needed
By Anwen Crawford
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Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ brings together two Amazonian encounters
By Luke Davies
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary ‘Weiner’ charts the fall of a congressman who can’t keep out of the spotlight
By Leigh Sales
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Tom Griffiths’ ‘The Art of Time Travel’ is a thoughtful look at some of Australia’s most prominent historians
By Barry Hill