Australian politics, society & culture


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’
Daniel Handler, best known as children’s favourite Lemony Snicket, brings his deliciously skewed sensibility to his “grown-up” fiction too. His black-witted novel We Are Pirates charts desperate searches for happiness and freedom, going beyond the boundaries of ordinary lives.    Watch
Step into 1920s London and a world about to be changed forever, as you meet characters whose lives are also on the brink of transformation. Much-loved novelist Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, The Night Watch) discusses her brilliant and tender novel The Paying Guests with Sophie
When cherished books are turned into films, the differences can be illuminating. In this La Trobe University Ideas and Society event at the Bendigo Writers Festival 2015, authors Robyn Davidson (Tracks) and Raimond Gaita (Romulus, My Father) tell Anne Manne about their own experiences of having their work adapted for
Bringing Timothy Conigrave’s ‘Holding the Man’ to the screen
By Steve Dow
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By Brenda Walker
‘The Complete Works of Primo Levi’ reveals the Holocaust memoirist’s extraordinary breadth
By Ramon Glazov
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