Australian politics, society & culture


Farewell to a man who tried to connect indigenous and non-indigenous Australia
By Robyn Davidson
Following the indigenous seasonal calendar
By Jenan Taylor
The tale of Captain Moonlite
By Jeff Sparrow
In the gallery, human remains are preserved, refashioned and elevated
By Karen Hitchcock
Trouble in the Family Court
By Jess Hill
Wild deer are heading for the suburbs
By Paul Connolly
An Australian author writes for Burmese television
By Phillip Gwynne
A British author’s complicated relationship with the island continent
By Will Self
How long can Australia ride in the coal wagon?
By Paul Cleary
Why do we smoke and why do we quit?
By Karen Hitchcock
I started smoking in high school and happily dedicated myself to the practice for ten years. Ex-smokers adore reminiscing – our favourite brands, when we started and stopped, the best cigarette of the day, what it was like to exhale a magnificent plume on a freezing cold morning. We’re like nostalgic diggers who
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
Australia has benefited enormously from the economic transformation of China. But it is also deeply concerned about the broader consequences of China's return as a great power. Do fear and greed drive Australia's relations with China? What forces should shape this most important relationship and how is it likely to
Cloistered, inward-looking and dominated by an idiosyncratic dictatorship: to the outside world, North Korea might just be the world’s most unknowable nation. In this Melbourne Writers Festival 2015 session, chaired by Nic Low, filmmaker Anna Broinowski and memoirist Suki Kim report back on their sojourns in a bizarre
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
Iain McCalman is a social historian and a research professor at the University of Sydney. His latest book, The Reef: A passionate history, tells the story of Australia’s wondrous Great Barrier Reef, and what has happened since human contact with it.   Not distant theoretical history, but passionately
Bringing Timothy Conigrave’s ‘Holding the Man’ to the screen
By Steve Dow
A dinner date with Billy Snedden
By Robert Drewe