Who is Elaine Paton and why should you care about her story? She is you; she is me and she could be every woman. This is clear though her writing […]
Over a 10 week period, 25 young emerging writers from Western Sydney participated in an intensive program of workshops and mentoring, led by Winnie Dunn and Shirley Le from Sweatshop Literacy Movement. These participants reviewed plays, exhibits and festivals, and were provided with editorial feedback along the way. Their works have now appeared in publications like Running Dog, The Big Issue, Books + Publishing, The Saturday Paper, Audrey Journal, and Kill Your Darlings. In 2021 the cohort will continue to undertake their commissions and will undergo further training with editor Camha Pham.
Finding a Gold Reef by Helen Nguyen A review of The Great Australian Play by Kim Ho After returning from the throes of the global pandemic, the iconic Old Fitz […]
Over a round of yerba mate is where I’ve heard the best storytellers. In these circles of trust, tongues and tales become tangible and ideas are formed. Before the written word came to lay claim of colonial histories around the world, this is how my ancestors passed on our truths in conversations as such. And precisely in this manner is how Angie Cruz’s fourth novel How Not To Drown In a Glass of Water speaks to us.
Daisy and Woolf: Western stories are not the only stories that deserve to be told. Cahill’s Daisy and Woolf is a postmodernist triumph because it demands truth telling even in works of the most established literary canon. Cahill achieves this through the ongoing motif of Mina’s mother. Her mother’s journey from Nairobi, England, Australia and her experiences of being an Anglo-Indian woman ground Mina as she imagines the fictionalised life of Daisy. “How much more difficult it would have been for Daisy Simmons to immigrate. I have to give Daisy a voice and a body.” By weaving and threading the life of Daisy together through thoughtful research to understand the socio-political context of the colonised India.
It has taken years for me to become comfortable with my Lebanese identity. A notable example of this struggle has been my journey with consuming and appreciating Arabic music. “We […]
Alba by Mariella Solano – Interview and Review by Natalia Figueroa Barroso Alba is featured in Flickerfest: Best of Australian Shorts screening at Riverside Theatres, 7 May. Tickets on sale. […]
Photography by Chantel Bann. Image of English Breakfast by AJ Lamarque. Pour Me Another One: A Review of AJ Lamarque’s English Breakfast by Adrian Mouhajer Factory Theatre 29 April – […]
Review of Orange Thrower by Maryanne Taouk Written by Kirsty Marillier | Directed by Zindzi Okenyo Showing at Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta from 30 March – 2 April 2022 There was […]
Ordinary Ascension – A Hope by Khaled SabsabiReview and Interview by Adam Phillip Anderson Community affects our lives before we begin to exist. The idea of the self, arises from people and places […]
Review of Chewing Gum DreamsThe Old Fitzroy TheatreBy Michaela ColeDirected by Bernadette Fam20 January – 19 February 2022 Trigger Warning: Domestic violence, colourism, sexual assault, racism I’m the first audience […]