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A woman shopping for a gun; a doctor considering the unthinkable: the novels going where fiction fears to tread
ABC / Writers

A woman shopping for a gun; a doctor considering the unthinkable: the novels going where fiction fears to tread

Jane Caro’s new book begins with a woman shopping for a gun. In The Mother, Caro’s first novel for adults, we meet 50-something-year-old Miriam Duffy, a successful real estate business owner and grandmother of two. Miriam, recently widowed, is not someone you’d expect to find contemplating a glass cabinet full of lethal weapons. At first, … Continue reading

A voice for the Yarra from source to sea: The first female riverkeeper of the Birrarung steps up
ABC / Activists / Conservationists

A voice for the Yarra from source to sea: The first female riverkeeper of the Birrarung steps up

As befitting a riverkeeper, Charlotte Sterrett lives just three doors down from the waters she watches over. On a warm, clear day, there’s a swimming hole in the Yarra (Birrarung) river she likes to go to with her daughter, partner, and dog. The bank there isn’t too steep, and the current is gentle. The air … Continue reading

Pachinko adaptation by Apple TV+ translates historical sweep of Min Jin Lee’s best-selling novel into high-budget K-drama
ABC / Actors / Directors / Historians / Writers

Pachinko adaptation by Apple TV+ translates historical sweep of Min Jin Lee’s best-selling novel into high-budget K-drama

When Min Jin Lee published her multi-generational saga Pachinko in 2017, it took the literary world by storm. It landed on 75 best-of lists, was a finalist for the National Book Award — and made it into the ‘must read’ recommendations of former US president Barack Obama. The sprawling saga of sacrifice, oppression and resilience … Continue reading

Vivienne Binns’ bold exploration of sexuality and gender raised the stakes for feminist art in Australia
ABC / Artists

Vivienne Binns’ bold exploration of sexuality and gender raised the stakes for feminist art in Australia

ABC Arts / By Smriti Daniel for The Art Show For days, Vivienne Binns resisted the idea of adding teeth to her painting of a vagina. “The image kept coming to my mind and I kept rejecting it … Finally, I got tired of trying to avoid them and I just put them in.” Something clicked. The painting, which Binns … Continue reading

Three RATs a day, and $25,000 weekly bills: Can Australian theatres survive Omicron?
ABC / Actors / Artists

Three RATs a day, and $25,000 weekly bills: Can Australian theatres survive Omicron?

ABC Arts / By Smriti Daniel for The Stage Show New Year’s Eve. It is nearly time for the curtain to rise after the intermission during Moulin Rouge! The Musical. The audience are all in their seats when Carmen Pavlovic’s phone rings. A performer who was just about to go on, in a role that required very physical and intimate … Continue reading

Climate change is coming for your hydrangeas and rhododendrons – what do you do now?
ABC / Gardeners

Climate change is coming for your hydrangeas and rhododendrons – what do you do now?

ABC Radio National / By Smriti Daniel for Blueprint for Living Paul Bangay knows climate change is real. Over 35 years as a celebrated gardener and landscape designer, Bangay has seen the shift happen before his very eyes. When he began working in the 1980s, climate change still wasn’t something that was widely discussed. “Climate change has really come to … Continue reading

100 years later, these racist postcards are being ‘returned to sender’ by a Wiradjuri artist
ABC / Activists / Artists

100 years later, these racist postcards are being ‘returned to sender’ by a Wiradjuri artist

When the tip shops closed during COVID-19, Karla Dickens turned to eBay. For decades, the artist of Wiradjuri heritage has incorporated discarded or recycled objects into her mixed-media installations and sculptural collages. She re-contextualises the objects by adding layers of drawing, painting or embroidery as a form of commentary and reframes the narrative for contemporary … Continue reading

‘I turned 11 vials of smallpox into 11 vampires’: Warwick Thornton on his ‘wacky’ anti-colonial series Firebite
Filmmakers / The Guardian

‘I turned 11 vials of smallpox into 11 vampires’: Warwick Thornton on his ‘wacky’ anti-colonial series Firebite

Sunrise across the Australian desert. Headlights blazing, a silver Mack truck accelerates towards its destination, kicking up a trail of dust in its wake. In the driver’s seat is Jalingbirri, a “blood hunter” – the only one of his kind left standing. For years, Jalingbirri has defended his people against the monsters the first fleet … Continue reading