INTERVIEW: MELINA MARCHETTA

  Melina Marchetta’s novels are often about the boy or girl who lives next door. Her book, Looking for Alibrandi, was a perfect example of this and continues to find new audiences, some thirty years after it was released. Marchetta’s latest novel, The Place on Dalhousie, takes a leaf out of her previous works by reprising some characters from Saving Francesca and The…

INTERVIEW: DUNCAN WELGEMOED, HEAD CHEF AND OWNER OF AFRICOLA

  The Carriageworks Chef Series Masterclass returns again in 2019. The first person off of the rank is Duncan Welgemoed, the head chef and owner from the award-winning, Africola in Adelaide. Welgemoed’s techniques draw upon his rich cultural history including his chef dad, and Portuguese and Italian grandparents. We sat down with Duncan to learn more about Maghreb cuisine and his…

INTERVIEW: STUART COUPE

  Stuart Coupe is part of the (black t-shirt) fabric of Australia’s music industry. In a career spanning four decades, he has worked as an author, journalist, promoter, artist manager, publicist and broadcaster. Coupe has written several books about Australian music. His latest one, Roadies, features stories from the hard-working men and women who toil behind-the-scenes to ensure…

FEATURE: INTERVIEWS FROM THE LADIES IN BLACK RED CARPET

Bruce Beresford’s new film, Ladies in Black is a charming look at some department store shop girls working in Sydney in 1959. The story is adapted from a novel by the late, Madeleine St John who attended university with Clive James and the famous director. The film was a labour of love that was some 24 years…

FILM REVIEW: TEA WITH THE DAMES

  There are some viewers who might dismiss Tea With The Dames as “Anecdotage by those in their dotage.” But they’d be wrong. This documentary starring four great dames of the British stage and screen is a fascinating look at some brilliant careers and a revealing look into their respective personalities. There’s also lots of gossip and…

DVD REVIEW: T2 TRAINSPOTTING

  It was twenty years ago today that a band of brothers were junkies living it up in Edinburgh. Sort of. T2 Trainspotting is the sequel to the cult 1996 film. In T2 the original cast are reunited and examining life and other stuff from an older perspective. This film is a worthy sequel and a…

INTERVIEW: NATIONAL THEATRE OF PARRAMATTA’S WAYNE HARRISON

Hakawati is a Sydney Festival show that allows you to be swept away to an Arabian night in Western Sydney. The show is a celebration of food and stories and is inspired by an Arabic tradition where storytelling is combined with breaking bread. This event will have its world premiere at the El- Phoenician restaurant…

INTERVIEW: WINE ISLAND’S FOUNDER KRISTEN FRANCIS

  Wine Island is an annual boutique wine festival which is set on Clark Island, in the picturesque Sydney Harbour. The four-day event allows patrons to learn about and experience different wines and foods, in a luxurious island setting. It sounds like a wonderful holiday idea except you may not even need to leave “home”…

FOOD REVIEW & INTERVIEW: SYDNEY TEA FESTIVAL @ CARRIAGEWORKS

  On August 21st, Carriageworks in Sydney was transformed into a Mad Hatter’s tea party of sorts. The Sydney Tea Festival is now in its third year and it’s an event that continues to go from strength to strength. In 2016 over 80 different stallholders came together to celebrate their love of Camellia Sinensis and…

INTERVIEW: GRAEME SIMSION AUTHOR OF THE ROSIE PROJECT

  Graeme Simsion had lots of inspiration he could draw upon for the socially-challenged professor character (Don Tillman) in his novel, The Rosie Project. Simsion is a self-confessed “escapee” from the world of IT. For over 30 years he worked with computers and he’s also studied and taught science at University. These experiences have all…