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The Fifth Estate: State of Emergence
There is little doubt now that the COVID-19 coronavirus will drastically alter our lives, communities and societies for some time to come. Amid confusing, contradictory or misleading information about how we should respond – and how we should protect ourselves and each other – the pandemic has already tested our social fabric. How the crisis will affect our healthcare, economic and…
Daniel Mendelsohn: A Critical Odyssey
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What do readers want from critical voices? And what does it…
Double Booked Club: Tony Birch and Tara June Winch
In this edition of Double Booked Club, hear from two outstanding First Nations literary voices discussing dispossession and the ties that bind generations.
Tara June Winch is a Wiradjuri author, now based in France, whose debut novel, Swallow the Air, and short-story collection, After the Carnage, have won many awards, critical acclaim – and the affection of readers. Her second novel, The…
Jung Chang: Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister
This event has been cancelled. Having undertaken extensive travel recently, Jung Chang has been having increasing difficulties with her voice, which she lost completely just now in Amsterdam. Her doctor has recommended no further travel and complete rest. We apologise for the disappointment.
'Once upon a time, the story goes, there were three sisters. One loved money, one loved power…
Women at the Edge
History and Beyond
Victoria’s north-eastern regions are rich with dramatic scenery – from the majestic Alpine ranges to the storied banks of the Murray River. Indigenous people have lived in the area for tens of thousands of years.
The land is home, first and foremost, to their stories and lore. Since colonisation, this region has been the backdrop, too, to many myths and…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
Simon Schama is a familiar figure on the BBC as well as a professor at Columbia University, and he’s produced multi-volume histories of Britain, documentaries with momentous names like The American Future and a TV series called Simon Schama’s Power of Art. He's a heavyweight scholar, best known for in-depth works on French history, Jewish history, art history and Dutch history. But he’s also a writer of great versatility who has concerned himself – through his columns for the New Yorker and the Financial Times – with a dizzying array of topics, from poetry and baseball to Tom Waits and ice-cream.
At Montalto, in conversation with David Hansen, he draws from his new BBC series, Civilisations – which explores the origins of human creativity, and its universal importance – and from … well, millenia of artworks and ideas.
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