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How to Paint a Novelist: Michelle de Kretser

How to Paint a Novelist: Michelle de Kretser

A painter's notes on making a portrait. Plus, see the author speak about her writing and her portrait, in front of the picture at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

Magda Szubanski: a famous daughter and her father’s past

Magda Szubanski: a famous daughter and her father’s past

Indefatigable reader, Jim Morgan, admires Magda Szubanski's startling memoir.

Sex, Private Life and the Photographer

Sex, Private Life and the Photographer

Self-exposing imagery — it's everywhere! But see how an artist makes nakedness beautiful inside and out. Plus, an instant beach classic.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2015

Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2015

Slow down in Ballarat, to a 60th of a second. The Foto Biennale is back, stopping time across the world.

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The Voice Grand Final, INXS and Why-y-y-y

The Voice Grand Final, INXS and Why-y-y-y

And the winning contestant is . . . plus, how to show respect to INXS' sublime "Never Tear Us Apart".

Interview with Creative Superstar, David Pearson

Interview with Creative Superstar, David Pearson

How does a great creative mind work? The design superstar tells us, before his appearances in Sydney, Aug 25 and Melbourne, Aug 29.

Melbourne Writers Festival: Top 10

Melbourne Writers Festival: Top 10

Catastrophic! Exotic! Or Graphic! Book something, anything. (But especially No. 5!) Plus, the Festival Director's picks.

Why I Dislike Tom Cruise

Why I Dislike Tom Cruise

Wildly successful, Mission: Impossible No.5 has restored the Cruise brand and introduced a blistering heroine to boot. So why don't I like Tom Superstar?

The Daniel Day-Lewis of Book Design

The Daniel Day-Lewis of Book Design

Or is he the Paul Thomas Anderson? Anyway, he is one of the world's true superstars of book design, and you shouldn't miss seeing him.

Double Trouble: Photos To Make You Look Twice

Double Trouble: Photos To Make You Look Twice

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale opens in two weeks. Meanwhile here's a show that uses photography in an unorthodox way to very unusual effect.