Harry Who? The True Heroes of Hogwarts
Remember the world before June 1997? If you can't, don't worry; you didn't miss much. The world was a dull, uninspired, basically pointless place. Nobody had ever heard of quidditch or boggarts or kneazles. Hardly anybody even knew how to pronounce 'Hermione'.
Luckily, J.K. Rowling stepped up and fixed everything. By imagining the incredible world of Hogwarts and writing the…
Binge, Whinge, Cringe: Does Australian Culture Even Exist?
For years, Australian culture has suffered from cultural cringe: the fear that anything foreign-made is automatically better than Australian-made films, TV shows and books. This phenomenon has been exacerbated by the fact that, by and large, the fear has been very well founded. Luckily, however, in so many walks of life – from film to visual art to music –…
What do the Oscar Wilde, Snoop Dogg, Kaz Cooke, BuzzFeed writers and your grandpa have in common? The love of puns!
Last year’s Pundemonium was tense, but now that’s past … ahem … it’s time to present another. This time, we invite six of our punniest friends to The Toff in Town to unleash their most gasp-inducing, groan-generating and perhaps even…
The Wheeler Centre
A Celebration of John Clarke
On Sunday 2 July, crowds filled the Melbourne Town Hall to pay tribute – and share in the humour of – the late satirist John Clarke. Here, we're sharing photos and a full audio recording of the event, as well as a rundown of the evening's programme.In this episode
Aunty Carolyn Briggs
Welcome to Country.
A few words on John.
Brian Dawe — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Thank you, welcome, and a little bit about the programme for the evening.
Lorin Clarke — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Seamus Heaney’s ‘Post Script’.
An excerpt from ‘Quiz Answers’, a series printed in the Age and on John’s website.
On working with John Clarke.
On working with John as an editor. Ended with John reading from The Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse (CD).
Reading from John’s latest collection of little stories, ‘Commonplace’, in Meanjin.
Reading from John’s book, The Tournament.
Wendy Harmer — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Martin Flanagan — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Reading her own poem, ‘John John Morrison Morrison’, heavily influenced by A. A. Milne, whom John believed to be heavily influenced by Australian poet RACV Milne (and whose work, discovered by John, is here).
On John and golf, frisbee, diving, and Shane’s cameo role in Stiff and The Brush Off.
Reading Part III of Auden’s ‘In Memory of W.B. Yeats’.
Paul Kelly, Vika and Linda Bull, Paul Dempsey, and Jeremy Smith
Singing Meet Me in the Middle of the Air, by Paul Kelly.
Reading Anthony Cronin’s ‘For a Father’.
Andrew Denton — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Reading ‘Frustration’ and ‘Comment’ by Dorothy Parker.
Reading ‘A Child’s Christmas in Warrnambool’ from John’s book, The Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse.
Reading extracts from Flann O’Brien's column in The Irish Times.
On bird-watching. Ended with Callimachus's poem, 'Heraclitus'.
John Wolseley — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Kaz Cooke — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)Related reading 15 Apr 2017 Note Remembering John Clarke / Life &…
A Celebration of John Clarke
On Sunday 2 July, crowds filled the Melbourne Town Hall to pay tribute – and share in the humour of – the late satirist John Clarke. Here, we're sharing photos and a full audio recording of the event, as well as a rundown of the evening's programme.
John Clarke: A Celebration
CLARKE, John, Dip Lid, PhD in Cattle (Oxen). Advisor and comforter to various governments. Born 1948. Educ. subsequently. Travelled extensively throughout Holy Lands, then left New Zealand for Europe. Stationed in London 1971–73. Escaped (decorated). Rejoined unit. Arrived Australia 1977. Held positions with ABC radio (Sckd), ABC Television (Dfnct), Various newspapers (Dcd), and Aust Film Industry (Fkd). Currently a…
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