Empire of Enchantment: The Story of Indian Magic John Zubrzycki On the surface, John Zubrzycki’s Empire of Enchantment: The Story of Indian Magic is just that: a story of magic. Painstakingly researched and beautifully pieced together, it presents to the reader the glorious history of a culture that embraced and revelled in the beauty of […]
The drawings of children in Home reveal a depth of experience and imagination, arising from the midst of violence and conflict.
Pettitt-Schipp’s debut book of poetry evokes the traumatic lives of refugees, the grandeur of nature and the importance of family.
A Free Flame: Australian Women Writers and Vocation in the Twentieth Century Ann-Marie Priest When a voice speaks from a burning bush, you do what it says. So I imagine, anyway – I’ve never heard a voice in a burning bush. Ruth Park probably never did either, but it was her way of conveying that […]
On the day I see The Bridge, at the Substation in Newport, there’s a State election in Victoria. I hadn’t planned it that way, but by election day, I’m glad to be seeing some theatre with its roots in the social realist Melbourne Workers Theatre, a (now-defunct) company that formed in Melbourne in 1987 out […]
Trace is Rachael Brown’s account of her detailed and deeply moving investigation into the death of Maria James, originally presented within her podcast.
Saras Dewi explores the disequilibrium between human and nature in her book Ecophenomenology: Unravelling the Disequilibrium of Human Relations with Nature.
Those who served this country speak out against discrimination in this revealing book and ensure that we know the fight is far from over.
Who has the right to censor our not-so-private lives? Hans Block and Moritz Riesewick explore censorship and trauma in this disturbing documentary.
No Friend But the Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian Picador Australia, 2018 “Is courage the opposite of fear?” asks Behrouz Boochani in his monumental, impossible new work, No Friend But the Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison (Picador, 2018). “Or is courage a virtue that emerges out of the essence of […]
In one of the opening scenes of Capharnaüm (2018), a boy in a striped prison uniform enters a crowded courtroom. Zain (Zain al-Rafeea) is already a celebrity of sorts, a child who brings a lawsuit against his own parents with the encouragement of a current affairs TV show. He has no birth certificate and no […]