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Pining for a lover

Pining for a lover

By Rhonda Dredge Last year someone at Dymocks bookstore in Collins St left a stray novel amongst those on the 2017 Stella Prize shortlist for women’s writing and the CBD News picked it up mistakenly out of the pile of hopefuls. An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen had just been released and must have missed

The emptiness of status

By Rhonda Dredge Curators tend to look at the careers of artists, their exhibition history, critical assessment published in art magazines and updates of the artist’s website to provide an objective measure of their status.  These are key signifiers of how much attention an artist pays to their followers and how much he/she might be

Scandalous times

Critic by Rhonda Dredge There is a naive belief that media exposure will help bring problems into the spotlight, leading to their solution and justice for injured parties. Dr Alex Ling of Western Sydney University has travelled down the east coast to comment on the scandal at the town hall.  The case of the Lord

Charity begins in Bourke St

By Rhonda Dredge Publishers are rushing out Christmas specials this year to make people think. Myer’s sells cards to support the needy but the publishing industry can be just as charitable.  Boxes were arriving at bookshops as early as September. By October the specials were laid out on tables for bookshops to recommend. One delivery

On being a goddess …

By Rhonda Dredge What a relief it is to indulge in fantasy at the show in Craft Victoria’s new gallery in Watson Place just off Flinders Lane. Strange headpieces for goddesses hang off the ceiling, oversized earrings dangle from imaginary ears and warrior vests in brilliant orange dissolve into the general moodiness of the display.

Wearne and his mates

By Rhonda Dredge The world might have become more tonal but our poets still have an ear for the old vernacular. We were an upfront lot who didn’t leave much to the imagination. Alan Wearne, in his latest book These Things are Real, is blunt, threadbare and sardonic – forever the lad. The old guard

The staying power of fiction

By Rhonda Dredge Many events had already sold out for this year’s Melbourne Writers’ Festival within two weeks of them going on sale. The rush to be literary has increased unabated since the first festival was staged more than 30 years ago in the Malthouse. This year’s festival starts on August 25 and focuses on

The word from the garret

By Rhonda Dredge The urban artist today is likely to be a spatial specialist who builds installations out of found materials in out-of-the-way corners of the CBD.  References are unlikely to be recognisable people or settings from everyday life. Marie Darrieussecq in Being Here documents the way an artist at the beginning of the 20th

Drowned by history

By Rhonda Dredge Two plays recently performed in the CBD vividly demonstrate the difference between prose and drama by resting too obviously on their historical settings. In prose, a writer has a lot of mileage to set the scene, narrate on behalf of characters and generally give reality a twist so the reader can visualise

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