Meaty Matters – and our insistence on having beef with vegans

By Rosalind Moran What gets us so riled up about diet and veganism? I have often pondered this question, particularly since my mother mastered tragicomedy with the phrase “If you loved me, you’d eat this lasagna.” Discord based on diet is commonplace in contemporary Australia, not least due to divisive rhetoric that paints vegans as terrorists and farmers as wilfully ignorant of the ethical, health … Continue reading Meaty Matters – and our insistence on having beef with vegans

Subbed In

Subbed In By Shelley Burr On Friday 16 August I attended the launch of six poetry chapbooks (and relaunch of three more) by Subbed In, a Sydney based independent publisher, at Playing Fields cafe in Canberra. Subbed In was established in 2015, growing from backyard poetry sessions at a share house in Melbourne to a digital magazine (Ibis House) and non-profit publisher. Subbed In occupies … Continue reading Subbed In

A Doll’s House, Part 2 opens a troubling door

By Rosalind Moran You’d be right in thinking this play’s name sounds familiar. Lucas Hnath’s 2017 Broadway hit, A Doll’s House, Part 2, is effectively a sequel to Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s 19th century masterpiece, A Doll’s House. To understand the full context of A Doll’s House, Part 2, it’s worth looking at its prequel. Following its world premiere in 1879, A Doll’s House became … Continue reading A Doll’s House, Part 2 opens a troubling door

BRUCE: the one-puppet show that turned a foam mattress into a star

By Rosalind Moran Bruce has come a long way. The star of the eponymous lo-fi puppetry show is quite literally a block of yellow foam, carved from a mattress the show’s creators found by the side of a road. A beautiful example of ‘trash puppetry’. A bizarre, but fortuitous, meeting. I’m delighted to confirm that BRUCE is every bit as zany and fun as its … Continue reading BRUCE: the one-puppet show that turned a foam mattress into a star

Absences and presences: appreciating the power of the cartoon

By Rosalind Moran Cartoons are well-loved for their ability to capture moments in history, shine a light on the quirks and contradictions within us and around us, and puncture the spin of politics. Besides, some mornings one just needs a visual gag to offset the stress which comes of reading the headlines. Inked: Australian Cartoons is a chronological exploration of cartooning in Australia, from the … Continue reading Absences and presences: appreciating the power of the cartoon

Distilling life into story

By Amy Walters In September Amy attended the 2018 Seymour Biography Lecture at the National Library. Richard Fidler, host of Conversations on ABC Radio, gave the lecture and focused on the challenge of distilling a life into a narrative arc. When I was ten, I started writing my autobiography. Soon afterwards, I gave up because nothing much had happened yet. But what makes a life … Continue reading Distilling life into story

Venus in Fur: ‘Real’ Women and the Male Gaze

By Amy Walters Amy saw Venus In Fur at the Street Theatre in late August. The play was written by David Ives and was first performed in 2010. The Street’s production was directed by Caroline Stacey, and starred Joanna Richards and Craig Alexander. As Hannah Gadbsy pointed out in her ABC television series Nakedy Nudes, the canon of Western art has a problem—and that problem is the male … Continue reading Venus in Fur: ‘Real’ Women and the Male Gaze

Bittereinder: Liam Pieper and Historical Fiction

By Amy Walters The National Library of Australia awarded their 2018 Creative Arts Fellowship for Creative Writing to Liam Pieper,supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust. They also hosted a special event in which Pieper reflected on researching and writing revisionist fiction. In an interview for The Guardianon the release of his first novel The Toymaker, which is set during the Holocaust, Liam Pieper said: “Sometimes you need … Continue reading Bittereinder: Liam Pieper and Historical Fiction

Hope in Dark Times: An Evening with Michael Leunig

By Angharad Lodwick I arrived at the National Library of Australia for this event with a bit of time to spare, so I went to pick up a copy of cartoonist Michael Leunig’s new book “Hope in Dark Times” from the NLA bookstore. A veteran of these events, I figured if I picked up a copy early, I’d have more chance of being further along … Continue reading Hope in Dark Times: An Evening with Michael Leunig

Like a Love Affair: Ivan Southall—Fellowship Presentation

By Angharad Lodwick I remember reading a book in the late 1990s when I was in about grade six. All I could remember was that it was about a group of children who get stranded in a cave after some kind of natural disaster. I couldn’t remember much else about the book. Not the title, the author or any of the characters. However, something about … Continue reading Like a Love Affair: Ivan Southall—Fellowship Presentation