Australian politics, society & culture


Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th prime minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013. She was the first woman to serve as Australia’s prime minister. Her memoir, My Story, is a fascinating account of her time in office and the life she is now making for herself as a professor
Set in a polio clinic in Perth in 1954, The Golden Age tells the story of 13-year-old Frank Gold, his parents and his fellow patients. Told with Joan London’s quiet grace and exquisite prose, the novel is a triumphant story about love. Join her in conversation with Steven Gale at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2015.
Is it possible that the world’s songbirds all come from Australia? Yes, according to biologist Tim Low in his fascinating ornithological history of Australia, Where Song Began. Low’s wonderfully readable book literally turns the map upside down and makes a compelling case for the origin of birds in the antipodes. Join
With his new book, Born Bad, historian James Boyce has turned his mind to the history of original sin. What Boyce discovers is a legacy of guilt that shadows us in the West even today – and not the guilt of doing wrong, but of being wrong. Join this controversial thinker in conversation with Dee Michell at Adelaide
With the publication of her debut novel Past the Shallows, Favel Parrett established herself as a major talent. In When the Night Comes, Parrett has again written a wonderfully evocative Tasmanian summer set against a harsh Antarctica. This time she tells the story of a family recently decamped from the mainland, one
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
With The Third Plate, New York chef Dan Barber asks us to change the way we think about food. An early supporter of the farm-to-table philosophy, Barber now questions the ethos, which he argues cherry-picks ingredients and can be ecologically demanding. He now offers a solution for a more sustainable supply chain. He
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
Journey into the dark heart of the family with two novelists. In Vann’s Goat Mountain a boy goes hunting with his father and grandfather and catastrophe unfolds. In Wilson’s Ballistics, a young man is sent out to find a father he has never known.
Join book reviewers Kerryn Goldsworthy and Jennifer Mills along with Overland editor Jeff Sparrow – all of whom happen to be writers – as they discuss the perils of book reviewing and being reviewed here in Australia.
Margaret Drabble and Helen Dunmore are two of England’s most acclaimed novelists who have written about the intricacies and intimacies of the family, and friendships in peace and wartime. Both writers are also well known for writing in other genres.
Griffith Review editors Lloyd Jones and Julianne Schultz invited a wild mix of New Zealanders to write about that place over the ditch. Join four writers and editors for a conversation about the complexities of the contemporary Kiwi.
Jung Chang is the author of Wild Swans, which has sold more than 10 million copies world-wide. Her next book was Mao: The Unknown Story. Here she discusses her latest, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Chris Womersley's debut novel, "The Low Road", won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. His latest novel is "Cairo".
Frank Moorhouse began writing more than five decades ago in 1957, when he was 18. Since then he's won every major national prize.
Alexis Wright is today one of Australia’s most important literary and cultural figures. She is a member of the Waanyi Nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Louise Doughty is the author of seven novels, most recently the wonderfully creepy Apple Tree Yard.