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Books and Arts Daily explores the many worlds of performance, writing, music and visual arts, and features interviews with local and international authors and artists.

Books and Arts Daily explores the many worlds of performance, writing, music and visual arts, and features interviews with local and international authors and artists.
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Melbourne, VIC


Books and Arts Daily explores the many worlds of performance, writing, music and visual arts, and features interviews with local and international authors and artists.




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The Museum Next Conference, the Sydney Kabuki Project, arts news with Edwina Stott and Nina Sanadze's Bollard City

The Museum Next Conference takes a look at the future of our museums, as part of Sydney Biennale artist Akira Takayama has asked the public to sing songs to their ancestors, Edwina Stott brings us the latest arts news and Nina Sanadze asks us to take a closer look at the bollards in our cities.


Tim Winton's new novel, children's authors Alison Lester and Jane Godwin collaborate with kids, and Stefan Merrill Block

Tim Winton talks about place, masculinity, and his new novel, The Shepherd's Hut. Also, authors Alison Lester and Jane Godwin discuss how they worked with sick kids to create their latest book, and Stefan Merrill Block on his novel Oliver Loving.


The Festival of Live Art, Keir Choreographic Award, Carriberrie VR, White Pearl at the National Play Festival

We spend an evening experiencing the Festival of Live Art, Gideon Obarzanek attends the Keir Choreographic Awards and we meet winners Melanie Lane and Amrita Hepi, we encounter Indigenous Australian dance in the virtual reality film Carriberrie, and we speak with playwright Anchuli Felicia King about White Pearl, featured at the National Play Festival.


National Geographic's problem with race, how TV streaming services continue to change and challenge the screen landscape and podcast picks

We speak to the historian who has found National Geographic guilty of decades of racist coverage. Plus, TV streaming services and how they're pushing the screen landscape, and podcast picks about language.


David Chang's Ugly Delicious, Rooney Mara is Mary Magdalene, Australian director Kitty Green

Is Netflix's new food-porn show Ugly Delicious revolutionary? Garth Davis speaks about the revisionist biopic Mary Magdelene, starring Rooney Mara, and Kitty Green, director of the lush documentaries Casting JonBenet and Ukraine is Not a Brothel drops in for a chat.


Brook Andrew at Sydney Biennale, Angelica Mesiti at Venice Biennale, art critic Sebastian Smee and Lorne Sculpture Biennale

It's biennale central here at The Hub on Art this week as we cover the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, the Sydney Biennale and the announcement that Sydney artist Angelica Mesiti will be Australia's next representative at the Venice Biennale.


Vale Peter Temple and join Barbara Kingsolver at Adelaide Writers' Week

The legacy of crime writer Peter Temple and the award-winning author of The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees talks about politics, feminism, the environment and her writing process.


Choreographer Graeme Murphy, Borders by Henry Naylor, The Magic Pudding – The Opera, Belgian theatre work Us/Them

Australian choreographer Graeme Murphy on 50 years with The Australian Ballet, Henry Naylor tackles the Syrian refugee crisis in Borders, The Magic Pudding – The Opera returns to the stage and BRONKS production Us/Them explores how young people deal with trauma.


The Oscars navigate a difficult moment in entertainment history, Camp Cope, and advice for young women on International Women's Day

This year's Oscars celebrated their 90th anniversary, but also had to navigate a tricky moment in time — how did they go? Notable guests offer advice to 14-year-old girls for International Women's Day, and bassist from indie rock band Camp Cope reveals what they're doing to stand up for women in the music industry.


New documentaries from Ai Weiwei and Marina Abramović, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Debra Oswald and Women in Film and TV

Our International Women's Day special is hosted by critic and academic Deb Verhoeven, and is full of women’s voices discussing film and television.


Mats Staub's 21, Tinky's tiny dioramas, The Aftermath Project & arts news with Edwina Stott

For his latest exhibition, Swiss artist Mats Staub has asked over 70 people for their memories of being 21, Tinky (also known as Liz Sonntag) is a Melbourne street artist who works on a miniature scale around Melbourne's CBD, Founder of the Aftermath Project, Sara Terry talks about the photography project's ten year retrospective 'War is Only Half the Story' and Edwina Stott gets us up to speed with the latest art news.


Michael Mohammed Ahmad's The Lebs, the rise of feminist fiction for kids, creative couples and lost Australian literature

Lebs by Michael Mohammed Ahmad is a novel set in Western Sydney that captures the culture of the fictional Punchbowl Boys High. Also, the discovery of thousands of 'lost' Australian stories from the 19th century, three writers discuss the rise in feminist fiction for children and we go into the writing studio of creative couple Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist.


Rebetiko Festival, Yves Jacques in The Far Side of the Moon, Bell Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, Kate Mulvany, Oscars preview

We hear Greek rebetiko music performed live in the studio, Yves Jacques speaks to us backstage about his role in Robert Lepage's The Far Side of the Moon, we learn about Bell Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra starring Catherine McClements, actor and playwright Kate Mulvany talks all things theatre, and Jason Di Rosso previews the 90th Academy Awards.


Kamahl gets into Get Out, Mardi Gras 40th, the queering of pop culture, and fan fiction

Kamahl returns to share his thoughts on Get Out, a multi-Oscar nominated horror-satire. On the 40th anniversary of Sydney Mardis Gras, we take a look at popular culture through a queer lens. And Jordan Raskopoulos and Dr Naja Later make the case for fan fiction.


UnReal's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, Oscars predictions, The Square and Creative Risk

We speak to co-creator of the dramedy UnReal. David Stratton and Vicky Roach join us for an Oscars panel. The Square's Claes Bang and we meet a creative risk lawyer.


Creativity within constraints; Pamela Denise from the Flying Arts Alliance, Gatton Prison's Indigenous art & The Torch Project

This week, the Hub on Art looks at creativity within constraints. Our in studio artist is Pamela Denise from the Flying Arts Alliance, Robert Henderson and Wayne Weaver are the founders of the Indigenous Art Project in Brisbane's Gatton prison, and Eddie talks with The Torch Project in Victoria, which runs exhibitions for Indigenous artists who are incarcerated and who have served time.


How 1922 changed literature, Ceridwen Dovey's new novel, in the writer's room with Josephine Wilson, and the history of the blurb

Bill Goldstein explains how the year 1922 shaped some of history's most prominent modernist writers - T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster and Virginia Woolf. Plus novelist Ceridwen Dovey on her new book, a tour of Miles Franklin winner Josephine Wilson's writing room, and a potted history of the blurb.


The Hub live on stage at the Perth Festival 2018

Michael Cathcart presents The Hub live on stage at the Perth Festival. Featuring big-name guests including Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, Conversations' Richard Fidler, live music from Maia and the Big Sky, and so much more.


Is Marvel's Black Panther the revelatory film the world has been waiting for?

Marvel's Black Panther is not just a superhero film, it's a major milestone for cinema, a cultural moment.


Talking TV, A Fantastic Woman, Genre Busting and Barbara

Jason is joined by TV critics Lauren Carroll Harris and Craig Mathieson for a discussion on a couple of show's everyone seems to be talking about, The Good Place and Queer Eye. Are they both Trump era retorts? Chile's entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar is a film noir homage and the first competition title about a trans woman. We meet director Sebastian Lelio. An excerpt from a panel discussion at this year's Tropfest Film Festival on Genre Busters. Jason is joined by Tropfest alumni - Abe...


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