Australian politics, society & culture


For the 40th anniversary of one of Australia’s worst natural disasters, Sophie Cunningham has written a fascinating history of the event, Warning: The story of Cyclone Tracy. Drawing from eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the devastation, Cunningham has created an exhilarating and deeply compassionate
Martin Edmond has long written about artists, and his book Battarbee and Namatjira is an account of the artists’ lengthy friendship. Erik Jensen’s Acute Misfortune: The life and death of Adam Cullen is an intimate portrait of the artist’s troubled life. Join them in conversation about the lives of
Don Watson’s The Bush is one of the finest accounts of Australia ever written. The beauty of Watson’s prose sits against the brutality of his story, and together these elements create a story far richer than the myths of Australia we’ve so long preferred. Watson speaks to Jane McCredie at Adelaide Writers’ Week
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By Kevin Rabalais
Xavier Dolan’s ‘Mommy’
By Luke Davies
Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Carrie & Lowell’
By Anwen Crawford
By Anna Goldsworthy
Clive James’ ‘Sentenced to Life’ and Les Murray’s ‘Waiting for the Past’
By Justin Clemens
By Amiel Courtin-Wilson
An elderly black man with large, bright eyes sits in bed, his wiry frame hunched over as he writes. He lights a cigarette and barely inhales before blowing smoke into the air. Dawn is near. I am sifting through old videos on the ground floor of the man’s four-storey Brooklyn brownstone. A glowing figure on a
Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) joins Michael Cathcart from RN Books and Arts to talk about the enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery in her novel The Signature of All Things. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, this is the story of Alma Whittaker, born into the Age of Enlightenment but
The star of Two Days, One Night, Marion Cotillard, discusses how its directors, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, work.
Marion Cotillard discusses playing the role of Sandra in the Dardenne brothers’ film Two Days, One Night.
Actress Marion Cotillard describes how she lost her French Parisian accent for Two Days, One Night.
Watch the trailer for the Dardenne Brothers’ latest film, Two Days, One Night, starring Marion Cottilard. Available on disc and digital now.
Actress Marion Cotillard describes her initial impression of the directors of Two Days, One Night, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
There is a jarring disconnect between social media–fuelled activism and general disenfranchisement with politics. How are journalists bridging the divide?   Madonna King (journalist and biographer of Joe Hockey), Mary Delahunty (author of Public Life, Private Grief and Gravity: Inside the PM’s office