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Peter Tregear on Australian Universities
Australian universities are doing it tough – hit hard by the pandemic, compelled to find new ways of teaching during lockdown, and confronted by a federal government ostensibly unsympathetic to much of their work, especially in the humanities. International education – formerly one of Australia’s most lucrative export industries – is haemorrhaging. In today's episode, Peter Tregear – academic, author, critic – reads his review of Australian Universities: A history of common cause by Gwilym Croucher and James Waghorne, published by UNSW Press.
Paul Kildea on Musica Viva and Benjamin Britten
Paul Kildea is a man of many parts – author, music, new artistic director of Musica Viva – and a regular contributor to ABR. In this week’s podcast, he talks to Peter Rose about the challenges of programming Musica Viva’s season during a pandemic and about Benjamin Britten, whose opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a highlight of the 2021 Adelaide Festival. Paul Kildea – who will conduct the opera – is the author of a biography of Britten.
Naama Grey-Smith on 'At the Edge of the Solid World' by Daniel Davis Wood
In today’s episode, we’re focusing on the novel At the Edge of the Solid World, the second book of fiction by the Australian writer Daniel Davis Wood. The novel follows the breakdown of the lives of a man and wife in the aftermath of the death of their firstborn. Naama Grey-Smith, an editor, publisher and critic based in Fremantle, Western Australia, reviews the book for ABR’s January-February issue – describing it as ‘a masterclass in wedding form to content’. Here is Naama reading her review.
In Conversation with Tim Byrne
In today's episode of the ABR Podcast Tim Byrne discusses his review of Mark Mordue's new biography of Nick Cave with ABR Digital Editor Jack Callil. Tim Byrne’s review of Boy on Fire appears in the January-February issue.
Samuel Watts on the assault on the US Capitol
The events of January 6 shocked the world. In this episode of the ABR Podcast Samuel Watts reads his article 'This Is America' and offers a historical perspective. As Watts notes, 'To view the assault on the US Capitol as the climax of a dramatic, but brief, period of authoritarianism in the US is a potentially dangerous mistake. This attack was just the latest iteration in a long-lasting tradition of anti-democratic, white supremacist violence that has plagued the Republic since, at least, the Civil War.'
The Porter Prize shortlisted poets read their poems
The Peter Porter Poetry Prize, now in its seventeenth year and worth a total of $10,000, this year attracted more than 1300 entries from 33 different countries. It’s our pleasure now to present the five shortlisted poets, who will introduce and read their shortlisted poems. Their poems appear online and in the January–February print edition of ABR. Single print issues can be bought here. The overall winner (who will receive $6,000) won’t be known until the Porter Prize ceremony on January 27. Join us then at 5 pm Melbourne time for this online ceremony. This is a free event, but bookings are required via email@example.com (an access link for the event will be sent to you via email closer to the date).
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Fantastic Series With A Variety Of Styles
What I particularly enjoyed about this podcast and the host (Peter) is the unique ways they present each episode. Sometimes it is a conversation, a poetry reading, book review. The content of the episode seems to always be changing!
Insightful, and a delight
I loved this podcast, Garner is always a great subject, and this review was so well considered and put together. Thanks. I’m looking forward to more.