Melbourne Writers Festival

Difficult truths

Rhonda Dredge  Good storytellers don’t make deals with the reader. Their pages invite you to suspend disbelief and follow their narration into surprising settings. At the 30th Melbourne Writers Festival, two experts disarmed the audience with their storytelling techniques. Former federal finance minister Lindsay Tanner showed how it felt on the inside to be responsible

Councillor Profile


The making of a lord mayor

Robert Doyle’s six years as Lord Mayor of Melbourne has benefitted both the city and the man himself. Melbourne has had a highly articulate, hard working and talented champion.  And Cr Doyle has experienced a rehabilitation of sorts and has emerged a better person. This is largely because of the nature of local government.  Although

Street Art


Sirum is the antidote for Venom

Andrew Bourke (aka Sirumvsvenom or Sirum1) is not only an artist with exceptional talent, but a genuinely nice guy who’s personable and well respected – always with a ready smile and up for a chat. A semi-rural upbringing and a passionate interest in nature is evidenced in Andrew’s work. Many of his pieces depict reptiles