BOOK REVIEW: VARIOUS – THE WISDOM OF OZ

  Australians let us all rejoice for we are a nation full of self-deprecating individuals with a great wit and a keen sense of humour. Never has this been more apparent than in the book, The Wisdom of Oz. This should be required reading for every true blue Aussie (forget the citizenship test) because it’s chock full…

FILM REVIEW: VICTORIA & ABDUL

  Dame Judi Dench has played Queen Victoria before in Mrs Brown,which showed the grieving monarch’s relationship with John Brown. In Victoria & Abdul Dench reprises her previous role and plays the Queen when the latter is a tad older and wiser. It also focuses on the monarch’s unlikely friendship with an Indian servant. The result is an uneven…

BOOK REVIEW: STUART KELLS – THE LIBRARY- A CATALOGUE OF WONDERS

  A leading Australian bibliophile goes on a tour of thousands of libraries. The result isn’t a punchline but in fact a book called The Library by Stuart Kells. This volume is a fascinating text that draws together Kells’ scholarly essays on a range of different topics related to the storage of books, reading in general and different methods…

TALKS: THE 14 THINGS WE LEARNED AT TEDX YOUTH SYDNEY

  TEDx is a forum that is all about “Ideas worth spreading.” In 2017 TEDxYouth Sydney was launched as its own unique event and showcased the talents of many young people. We put together the top 14 things we learned at TEDxYouth Sydney: 1. Sixteen year old inventor Macinley Butson is an inspirational young woman. She has…

FILM REVIEW: THE DINNER

  In We Need To Talk About Kevin writer Lionel Shriver explored the idea of a mother grappling with her son’s heinous act. In The Dinner,four parents deal with the ramifications of a shocking crime perpetuated by their boys. They have to decide how far they will go in order to protect their teenage sons. The film is…

FILM REVIEW: ALI’S WEDDING

  It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world. The events depicted in Ali’s Wedding, the new Australian film and Muslim rom-com are based on true events. Unfortunately. This comedy is a funny and vibrant look at life in Australia for a family of Middle Eastern immigrants and like Looking For Alibrandi, The Family Law and Acropolis Now, it is another…

THEATRE REVIEW: MY FAIR LADY @ CAPITOL THEATRE SYDNEY

  In 2016, My Fair Lady celebrated its Diamond Jubilee with a series of stunning shows around Australia, including a run at the Sydney Opera House. An encore season at the Capitol Theatre with most of the same principal cast and crew returns in 2017 and it still dazzles like a rare diamond. It is a reminder…

FILM REVIEW: GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

  The words, “God’s own country” imply a kind of beautiful majesty. But what if such a thing was a prison sentence? For a young Yorkshire farmer life in a Northern town working on his Dad’s farm is one where hard graft leaves you feeling isolated and lonely. The film God’s Own Country is a brooding romance…

BOOK REVIEW: NICOLE ALEXANDER – AN UNCOMMON WOMAN

  Nicole Alexander’s eighth novel, An Uncommon Woman is about a determined and ambitious girl who defies the conventions of her time. Alexander in good company because the idea of an independent woman living and making her own way in a man’s world is not a new one. Authors like Pamela Hart and Natasha Lester have explored…

BOOK REVIEW: HAIRY MACLARY & FRIENDS LITTLE LIBRARY

  Hairy Maclary is a classic character from children’s books. The stories were always wonderful reads in that the language was simplistic but extremely well-crafted. The text featured excellent rhymes and delightful and whimsical prose. The Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library stars these same beloved characters, but the stories are condensed down to a single sentence…