Shaun Micallef is best known for his TV comedy, including Mad as Hell and Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.
During his Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, Chad Parkhill was writing a critical essay that analyses Daft Punk’s 2001 album Discovery in terms of technology and temporality. In this extract, he looks at Daft Punk’s use of disco samples, and traces the evolution of disco as a genre – and with it, DJ culture.
Elin-Maria Evangelista’s novel Esperanto for the Despairing tells the story of a handful of Australians travelling to Stockholm for the 1934 world congress in Esperanto, a journey that will change their lives. Among other things, it looks at how learning an additional language impacts a diverse group of characters.
Kai Clancy is 19 years old and was assigned female at birth. Kai is a Brotherboy (an Aboriginal transmasculine person); he comes from Wakka Wakka and Wulli Wulli nations. Kai has been heavily involved in Aboriginal politics in Brisbane. He is also a part of the newly formed collective WAR – Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance. Kai is a staunch advocate for aboriginal inclusivity and visibility in the transgender community.
2014 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow Christa Jonathan’s The Long Way Home is a short-story cycle with illustrations that will be published as a series of themed zines. The work will be primarily based on travel writing and her experience growing up as Chinese-Indonesian and living in Melbourne.
Despite her best efforts with a PC keyboard, opinion and arts writer Helen Razer is best known as a broadcaster. For the better part of the 1990s, she presented a national program on ABC radio.
How unlikely is the world’s first for-profit mission to colonise Mars? Very. Daniel Handler’s racist joke mars the National Book Awards. Hanna Rosin confronts former best friend Stephen Glass about his famous fabrications. Farewell to Mike Nichols. And a look at how books get their names.
Noel Tovey has had a career spanning 60 years in Europe and Australia as an actor, dancer, singer, director, choreographer, designer, writer and teacher. He is Australia’s first male ballet dancer of Indigenous heritage.
We speak to Melbourne writer Paul Mitchell about why ‘just keep writing’ is bad advice, why you should never believe what your friends and relatives say about your work, and his son’s lucky escape from being named ‘Valjean’.
During her time as a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, Rebecca Harkins-Cross worked on a cultural history of Australian cinema, looking at the unifying motif of terror in Australian cinema and how this fits into our larger national mythology. In this extract, she considers Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Nick Earls reflects on discovering classic Australian novel The Delinquents – Brisbane’s Last Exit to Brooklyn – in 1989, as the film starring Kylie Minogue was made at a local hotel, and he hung around the edges of the set.
Tristan Meecham is a performance artist who works with the grand and the ridiculous. He is passionate about connecting community, audience and artists together in events that transcend the everyday. One day he will collaborate with Grace Jones. Tristan created The Coming Out Trilogy, three large-scale performance spectacles that include Fun Run, Game Show, and Miss Universe.
S.A. Jones ignored her creative writing teacher’s advice to never write about mental illness in a novel … but has spent a lot of time wrestling with the question of whether mental illness and the novel can do each other justice. And how do you write about a form of mental illness that defies the beginning, middle and end that the novel demands?
Jo Case, author of Boomer and Me: A Memoir of Motherhood and Asperger’s, reflects on Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘coming out’ as as being on the autism spectrum this week – and the conflicting responses from the autism community, which range from outrage to gratitude
Teetering on the brink of cult status whilst on the verge of a nervous breakdown, Yana Alana is the divine and deluded alter-ego of Sarah Ward, one of Australia’s fastest rising cabaret stars.
We hear from Charles Brass, chair of the Futures Foundation, about the future of jobs – and work – in Australia, in the age of the ‘electronic revolution’. He says that responsibility for creating work and staying employed has shifted from the employer to the individual – and this affects the way we think about jobs and careers.
We speak to Archer Magazine’s Amy Middleton about talking sex in the Archer office, building up the confidence/arrogance to start her own publication, and why human interaction is the best way to get anywhere.
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