Energy, environment & climate
RRR broadcaster and former editor of small footprint living bible Assemble Papers Sara Savage is joined by a panel of guests, including Mimi Zeiger, Millie Cattlin and Jessica Christiansen-Franks, for a discussion of engaged, practical city-making with a sense of play.
In 1961, autodidact urbanologist Jane Jacobs forever changed how we understood our cities. ‘Cities have the capability of providing…
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Small Town Stories
Rural Australia – indeed, rural anywhere – is a storytelling fixture. But in many ways, it’s specifically small towns that make a perfect setting for fiction, and a potent backdrop to coming of age.
A writer might draw on the intense social relations (or seething suspicions) of people living in each other’s pockets; the pleasures and pressures of being too near…
Witnessing Climate Change
Climate change is too often discussed in the abstract – in terms of graphs, statistics and future projections. For an evening at the Athenaeum Theatre in March, we’ll present people who are already seeing, and living, the impact. They’ll share their stories, visions and ideas for the future.
We’ll hear moving words and performances from Marshall Islands spoken-word artist Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
There are restless people ... and then there is Robyn Davidson.
She’s the kind of person who spends months travelling through western India with nomadic Rabari cattle-herders. And, perhaps most famously, she’s the kind of person (well, the only person) who undertakes 2,700-kilometre journeys across Australian desert with four feral camels and a dog for company. Her account of that…
Feather Permitting: Jim Robbins on Birds
The human fascination with birds is expressed in our technology and in our culture. Poets, artists, philosophers and inventors have, for centuries, found inspiration in the song, sight and flight of birds. What more can we learn about avian life?
Jim Robbins is a celebrated science journalist for the New York Times and the author of six acclaimed books, including…
Teju Cole: Blind Spot
‘Every line in every poem is the orphaned caption of a lost photograph.’
Teju Cole is an artist whose work embraces ambiguity and enigma. We see this in his fiction (especially his acclaimed 2011 novel, Open City) and in his essays for the New Yorker. We see it in his photography columns for the New York Times and…
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