Changing faces

Changing faces: a review of the National Portrait Gallery’s Women in Vogue exhibition By Rosalind Moran Attending the National Portrait Gallery’s Women in Vogue: Celebrating Sixty Years in Australia felt like an inherently ‘meta’ experience. At its most base level, the exhibition invites the visitor to look at pictures of pictures of people, as well as to take pictures of oneself with the pictures of … Continue reading Changing faces

Kaz Cooke NLA Fellowship presentation

Kaz Cooke NLA Fellowship presentation By Shelley Burr On Thursday, 22 August 2019 I had the privilege of being part of the sold-out audience to a fellowship talk by cartoonist and author Kaz Cooke, a 2019 National Library of Australia Fellow. This fellowship, one of many offered annually by the Library, is sponsored by the Stokes family. Every year for ten years three researchers will … Continue reading Kaz Cooke NLA Fellowship presentation

Why Speeches Matter – a Canberra Writers Festival event

Why Speeches Matter By Rosalind Moran At one point during the Canberra Writers Festival event ‘Why Speeches Matter: Lucinda Holdforth in conversation with Charlotte Wood’, Holdforth broke off from her conversation with Wood and addressed the audience. “I don’t know how many Canberra bureaucrats are here who are across the dark arts of speechwriting…?” A confronting moment for yours truly. From the shadows of the … Continue reading Why Speeches Matter – a Canberra Writers Festival event

Metamorphosis and A Night in the Arms of Kafka: many limbs, much brilliance

Metamorphosis and A Night in the Arms of Kafka: many limbs, much brilliance By Rosalind Moran Canberra had not seen a production of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis in over 50 years. This month, however, all of that changed. The Street Theatre has just wrapped up its run of Metamorphosis, an ambitious piece of theatre adapted by Steven Berkoff from Franz Kafka’s novella. Directed by Adam Broinowski, … Continue reading Metamorphosis and A Night in the Arms of Kafka: many limbs, much brilliance

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

Wonder Women

Wonder Women By Shelley Burr From 21-25 Aug 2019 the Canberra Writers Festival returned for its fourth year, with a line up of national, international and local authors, politicians, academics, activists and journalists. The panel Wonder Women was held in the spectacular Peninsula Room of the National Museum of Australia, with views of Lake Burley Griffin. It brought together three Australian authors—Meg Keneally, Kate Forsyth … Continue reading Wonder Women

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