Our three most-read stories this year encapsulate the adage ‘the personal is political,’ exploring wider issues in the world through lived experiences. Look out for these writers in 2021.
Curated by Kaantju woman Shonae Hobson, the Bendigo Art Gallery’s first-ever First Nations Curator, Piinpi, is a landmark exploration of the cultural importance of Indigenous seasonal knowledge, community connection and storytelling in a contemporary context.
To commemorate Human Rights Day on 10 December 2020, the role of music as a right, and as an expression, is celebrated, writes West Papuan musician and activist Ronny Kareni.
Angela Costi’s poem considers how the stories of newly arrived people can be undermined by legal definitions, how Australia’s migration law is designed to keep them in a state of ‘arrival’.
Based on the true story of a woman wrongfully detained in offshore detention, Stateless challenges our capacity for empathy.
Youth arts have suffered repetitive funding cuts, at a time when encouraging the arts in our children is more important than ever.
Jeff Sparrow, in his book, Fascists Among Us: Online Hate and the Christchurch Massacre, charts the growing rise of a fascism particular to the 21st century.
Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine reflect on the tensions arising from an atmosphere of budding masculinity and divisive politics in their 2020 documentary Boys State.
In this moment of rising authoritarianism and political theatre, Dave Clark reminds us not to lose sight of the cumulative effects of small shifts and injustices.
Kimberley Motley’s memoir tells of a personal mission to bring justice to the defenceless. This book is an extraordinary story of an extraodinary woman.
On the 45th anniversary of the Balibo 5 murders, Australia’s secret intelligence service still refuses to publicly reveal what it knows, writes Clinton Fernandes.
Aspiration and disillusionment come to the fore in Anna Wiener’s memoir, Uncanny valley, as she charts the rise and fall of the tech start-up industry.