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beauty and audacity: know my name presents a new, female story of australian art

Beauty and audacity: Know My Name presents a new, female story of Australian art

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Tjungkara Ken, Sandra Ken, Yaritji Young, Freda Brady and Maringka Tunkin, Seven Sisters, 2018. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra purchased 2020 Review: Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to now, National Gallery of...
my favourite detective: kurt wallander — too grumpy to like, relatable enough to get under your skin

My favourite detective: Kurt Wallander — too grumpy to like, relatable enough to get...

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Image: IMDB In a new series, writers pay tribute to fictional detectives on page and on screen. As a detective’s apprentice for over 60 years now, I’ve had work-experience stretches in the offices of Conan...
10 ‘lost’ australian literary treasures you should read – and can soon borrow from any library

10 ‘lost’ Australian literary treasures you should read – and can soon borrow from...

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Picture:Perfecto Capucine/Unsplash Many culturally important books by Australian authors are out of print, hard to find as secondhand copies, and confined to the physical shelves of a limited number of libraries. Effectively, they have...
listen to older voices: sam see – part 2

Listen To Older Voices: Sam See – Part 2

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This is the second of a 4-part program that features the Life & Times story of Australian musician, composer and producer, Sam See. In the last program Sam talked about his family and their background...
cream of the crate album review #205: john mayall – a hard core package

Cream Of The Crate Album Review #205: John Mayall – A Hard Core Package

      These reviews are provided to help maintain a connection with various genres of popular music extending from the 1940's through to present time.    This is album review number 205 in the series of retro-reviews...
mary del’arte and the wild man of mcclelland

MARY DEL’ARTE AND THE WILD MAN OF McCLELLAND

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What is the connection between the Honourable Mary Delahunty and a huge naked man? It’s all sculptural, my dear Watson. Sculpture, sculpture, sculpture. Australian sculpture, the once poor cousin of the arts, is the proud...
sunday essay: alice pung — how reading changed my life

Sunday essay: Alice Pung — how reading changed my life

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Annie Spratt/Unsplash Having survived starvation and been spared execution, my father arrived in this new country, vassal-eyed and sunken-cheeked. I was born less than a month later and he named me Alice because he...
Au Revoir Mirka Mora, Your Joie De Vivre Will Live On

Au revoir Mirka Mora, your joie de vivre will live on

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Mirka Mora sitting surrounded by her colourful doll and soft sculpture creations and tapestries in 1978.  Courtesy of the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive,State Library of Victoria. Mirka Mora has left us, at the age of 90....
cream of the crate: album review #107 – jimmy cliff (and others): the harder they come

Cream of The Crate: Album Review #107 – Jimmy Cliff (and others): The Harder...

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        This review was originally posted on the first Toorak Times web site where publications ceased on that site in March 2017. The old site will be permanently closed in 2020 and these reviews...
sunday essay: the naked truth on nudity

Sunday essay: the naked truth on nudity

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Photographer Spencer Tunick celebrates the joyful, frivolous and liberating experience of public nudity. A major exhibition opens at the Art Gallery of New South Wales this weekend – a collection of nudes from the...