Tuesday, May 17, 2022



Australian photographers dazzle at Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Australian photographers feature prominently amongst Winners and Highly Commended finalists in a showcase of the world’s best wildlife photography at the Australian National Maritime...

The Writer Laid Bare: Mastering emotional honesty in a writer’s art, craft and life

The Writer Laid Bare: Mastering emotional honesty in a writer’s art, craft and life mingles memoir with writerly guidance – the latter fired in the crucible of Lee Kofman's experience and shaped through a lifetime of reading.

Son of Byblos

Son of Byblos is a tightly constructed and tense family drama set in Australian suburbia and within the Lebanese community. 

This Is My Dad

Recently, a friend of mine had to do a week-long stint of single parenting, and she confessed it was intimidating.

The Candy House

Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House is a book she describes as a “companion” (the term “sequel” is avoided by both Egan and publicists) to her 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. Several of Goon Squad’s characters reappear, among them Lou Kline, Bennie Salazar, Sasha, Lincoln and Lulu.

The Northman

If your taste in film is Shakespearean drama, Tarantino level violence and Viking legend then The Northman hits your sweet spot.

Inaugural First Nations women’s hip‑hop showcase

Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) will host the inaugural First Nations women’s hip-hop showcase, Love for My Sisters, as part of this year’s conference program.

The Deb

The Australian Theatre for Young People’s production of The Deb is an uplifting and optimistic theatrical experience.

Wayside Bride

Alana Valentine’s Wayside Bride, a warm tribute to the work of the Reverend Ted Noffs and the Wayside Chapel, is a moving affirmation of the power of acceptance to transform human lives.

Australian premiere of ‘Pissarro: Father of Impressionism’

The Australian premiere of Pissarro: Father of Impressionism is in May. The 90-minute documentary, celebrates an incredible artist, without whom the Impressionist movement may never have begun or endured.

Ten Steps to Nanette

Ten Steps to Nanette is a stimulating memoir from a visionary voice.

Theatresports to cap off Sydney Comedy Festival at Enmore Theatre

“Improvised comedy at its fastest and funniest” is what’s...

The Batman

The Batman doesn’t want to be a superhero film but unfortunately ultimately is. It’s torn between standard Marvel and DC story lines and trying to be a deep and complex noir thriller.

Singing together – Sydney Street Choir marks 20 years

The Sydney Street Choir celebrated its 20th anniversary on...

This Figaro’s fresh and pertinent

Sydney-based opera company The Cooperative will open its 2022...

The Shape of Sound

Fiona Murphy’s beautiful memoir, The Shape of Sound, records the human body as a “disjointed poem of mixed metaphors and similes”.

A is for Apple

In A is for Apple the battleground is the long-established Jewish patriarchal traditions that shape the behaviour, and the role in the Judaic community, of Jewish womanhood. It ends with a passionate, deeply moving appeal by the young Shoshana for new stories, new and inclusive imaginings.

The Urge

If there is one overarching message from The Urge, it is just that: Addiction is complex; quick fixes and slogans are irrelevant; its causes are both societal and individual, and there is no one-size-fits-all treatment model.

The sound of curiosity

Alana Valentine, whose play Wayside Bride is on at Belvoir Theatre, relished the “sound of an audience listening actively” at the Currency Press Australian Playwrights Festival. The festival celebrated 50 years of the Redfern-based publisher of stage plays and more.

Introducing Nauha Dabboussy

Nauha Dabboussy will present a selection of original works at the Orchard Gallery in Waterloo from May 28 to June 30. Her work includes bright-lit landscapes in oils and watercolour (European and Australian scenes) and richly textured still lifes, nudes and portraits.

Climate change is not gender neutral

Current events such as conflict, Covid-19 and intensifying climate...

Heroes of the Fourth Turning

Heroes of the Fourth Turning explores why individuals adhere to beliefs and ideologies and what that means for the future of humanity. As theatre it is totally engrossing.

Chippendale local SJ Norman wins 67th Blake Prize

Sydney artist and Chippendale local, SJ Norman, has won...

To Paradise

To Paradise, like Washington Square, artfully considers the role of identity and integrity of personhood in the formation of a country.


Layers, liminal spaces and secretions are Permafrost’s groundwater. The mood of these short stories is closer to the broody greyness of a Scottish loch than the glittering seas of SJ Norman’s home country, Australia.

Powerhouse propels 100 Climate Conversations

The Powerhouse Museum launched 100 Climate Conversations in March to connect audiences with the action and innovation happening in Australia to address the climate crisis.

It’s Autumn at Ruby’s – with a great line-up of jazz and blues

Ruby's Music Club, with its unique indoor/outdoor ambience, is offering some great jazz and blues this Autumn in Zetland.

‘In the forest’

A drum roll of thunder sounds ...


In Matrix, Lauren Groff is exploring and exploiting all the complicated implications of its title, including one of the word’s archaic meanings as womb and, by extension, mother.

Locals feature in finals for Short+Sweet

Talented locals will feature in ‘the biggest little theatre festival in the world’ when Short+Sweet finally gets to complete its Covid-interrupted 2021 season in April 2022.


It is a pity that Lily Hayman’s Fledgling is showing for such a short time as it offers its audience a deeply emotional, intellectually provocative, and aesthetically satisfying experience.


Trees are green ...

‘now I’m old I take my waking slow’

now I'm old I take my waking slow ...

‘not Henry Lawson’

a blur of she-oaks ...

‘Straggly trees’

Straggly trees ...

‘Vanishing point’

Efficiency extraordinary ...

Opening Night

Carissa Licciardello’s clever adaption of Opening Night prompts the audience to realise the extent to which current perception has rejected an age or gender limitation on women’s self-development.

House of Gucci

In House of Gucci, by corrupting a true story that would make for a great documentary so that it could fit a simpler and more standard movie arc, Scott has mangled everything so much that very little works.

Barkaa and Bukhu bring diversity to New Beginnings

The stage line-up for the New Beginnings Festival at...

Five paths to keep you connected

Step away from your devices and pull your boots on! These books will inspire you to connect with the earth and explore its bounty.

The Mother Wound

Losing a beloved family member is never easy, but what’s it like when your mother is brutally murdered – by your father? Amani Haydar writes about this in The Mother Wound which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction 2022.

Orange Thrower

While Kirsty Marillier’s debut play Orange Thrower lights up the Stables’ small stage with the energy of its lovely young cast it also explores the dark side of the coming-of-age of two mixed-race South African immigrant sisters.

Big Love mural launched in Redfern for Mardi Gras

A new mural in Redfern, inspired by a love...

‘My Lorikeet Teacher’

You, watching me in mystified wonder ...

A Chorus Line

Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s dazzling production of all-time favourite musical A Chorus Line immediately engages the audience in an epic world of passionate hope and desperate self-doubt.

All smiles at Sydney Summer Streets

REDFERN: Redfern Street attracted happy people with smiles on...

You can still catch some of SIMA’s summer music festival

SIMA has plunged deep into February with a record...

ArtsLab: Have We Been Here Before?

ArtsLab  is Shopfront Arts Cooperative’s annual emerging artists’ festival, and each year offers a new, exciting and varied program. See it this year, writes Catherine Skipper, as your support will help to ensure a vibrant future for the arts in Australia.

‘Feathers In the Clay’

I learned how not to quit, not to shirk ...

‘from my window on covid time’

a skein of dusky brown ...


Two doves live two rooves up ...


If I were a bird ...