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Hot Desk Edition #3
At summer’s cusp, it’s not just the weather that’s getting warmer. As their residencies draw to a close – and their creative goals draw nearer (we hope!) – our latest gang of Hot Desk Fellows will dribble down to The Moat to share early excerpts and insights from their projects.
Join Ingrid Baring, Bobuq Sayed, Alexandra Collier, Jane Howard, Lorelei…
The Longform Society
Meeting #4: Helen Garner Edition
Helen Garner's name is synonymous with excellence and rigour in narrative non-fiction today. She's famous for spare yet stirring prose, dark subject matter and brutal introspection (the New Yorker’s James Wood called her a 'savage self-scrutineer').
In our final Longform Society meeting for 2017 – and as her collections, Stories and True Stories, are republished – we’ll explore some…
Harry Potter Haters: Where Are They Now?
In this euphoric year of celebrations for the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, it's easy to forget the series had some pretty vocal critics in the early days. Ben Pobjie checks in on some of the soft-minded nobodies who have hated on Harry through the years.
Questions I’ve Asked Myself: Helen Razer
As The Festival of Questions approaches, Helen Razer casts off questions that were always answers from the start.
The Longform Society
Meeting #3: The Art of the Celebrity Profile
A good celebrity profile is a rare thing. Those that walk the line between quality writing, respect for the subject, and honouring the reader’s desire for a glimpse behind the curtain – while avoiding the murky depths of rumour mongering – are few and far between.
Some have made history, for good and bad reasons. Take the recent cringe-worthy profile of…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
As the long-running and trusted ‘Brain Food’ columnist for Fairfax, Richard Cornish tackles food and cooking questions from readers around Australia.
He responds to practical queries (‘How much is an American ‘stick of butter’?), experimental queries (‘Can I make mayonnaise using the juice from a jar of pickled cucumbers?), scientific queries (‘What is the difference between taste and flavour?’) and…
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Cultural Cringe: The Role of the Arts Critic in Australia
Beyond Critical Failure
If there was one intention for the week of Critical Failure it was that it would create debate - either in the event itself or spilling out onto the web or newspaper pages in the following weeks.
Critical Failure: Books panellist Rebecca Starford
By way of right of reply, the participants have already begun penning some further thoughts. Book critic Peter Craven called the…
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