Fran Lebowitz doesn’t suffer fools, banalities or bad furniture. But on Friday 2 March, the legendary humourist and cultural critic will suffer us for an evening of invigorating – and likely acerbic – conversation.
For decades, the iconic New Yorker has turned her caustic pen (she doesn’t do smartphones or computers) to the subject of America’s cultural, social and political…
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 incomparable seven-book Harry…
The Show of the Year 2017
2017: it's been thrilling; it's been terrible; it's been … a rocky ride.
At the Wheeler Centre's annual Show of the Year, we’re bringing together a stellar line-up of comedians, musicians, writers and raconteurs to remember the year that was.
What happened in 2017? Well, President Donald Trump danced at the Inaugural Ball, Wonder Woman kicked arse and Prince Philip…
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 –…
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)
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