The Fifth Estate: Democracy in Action
‘Democracy is the worst form of government,’ Winston Churchill famously said, ‘except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time’.
But democracies come in very different shapes and sizes. And they’re always evolving; sometimes in response to pressure from within the body politic, and sometimes because of shifts outside sovereign control. Lately – with the emergence…
Bijoy Jain: Architecture and Lore
The word ‘lore’ refers to a body of knowledge, especially of a traditional nature, typically passed on by word of mouth. So, how does the concept of lore relate to architecture? Celebrated Indian architect Bijoy Jain talks about how the concept of lore is central to his practice and philosophy.
The founder of sustainable architecture firm Studio Mumbai, Jain studied…
Starlee Kine on Storytelling
Starlee Kine’s Mystery Show podcast takes on mysteries with only one condition: they can’t be solved simply by Googling. Why was Britney Spears photographed carrying a copy of an obscure book and had she actually read it? What is Jake Gyllenhaal’s true height, and why’s it so hotly disputed? In the show, produced at New York’s Gimlet Media (also home…
Kate Tempest: Storming the Castle
Listen to this lively discussion between Kate Tempest – one of the most exciting new voices emerging from Britain today – and host Maxine Beneba Clarke. Musician, rapper, playwright, performance poet, novelist; it’s hard to know which title comes first when referring to Tempest.
In 2013, Tempest won the prestigious Ted Hughes Award for her epic poem, Brand New Ancient. …
The Fifth Estate: Philip Ruddock
Earlier this year, Philip Ruddock declared his intention to retire from politics after a 42-year career. As ‘Father of the House’ – the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives in Canberra – Ruddock has served in Fraser, Howard and Abbott/Turnbull governments, as a key player in several turbulent and transformative periods of Australian politics. Best known as the architect…
Emerging Writers’ Festival Launch: Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars
Oscar Wilde noted, ‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars’. But what about, as Fatboy Slim sagely pointed out, that rare air in between?
The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) launches its 2016 program with four tales of failed ambitions. Each of these writers will reveal a time they have sought success, and…
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