The new book on the art of the Spinifex people

Artworks from Sun & Shadow

As we approach the referendum for the Voice to Parliament in Australia, a new book on the Indigenous artists known as the Spinifex people reminds us of the way painting helped give them a voice 25 years ago in their Native Title battle. John Carty and Luke Scholes, editors of the

Novelist Alle C. Hall on her first novel

Alle C. Hall, writer and first reader at Creative Nonfiction magazine, recently published her first novel, As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back. It’s the story of Carlie, a young woman who travels through Asia on a journey of abandon and escape. Ultimately a story

The forgotten women of Australian vaudeville

My Giddy Aunt, a new book by documentary filmmaker Sharon Connolly, shines a light on the forgotten women of Australia’s vaudeville past. The television producer and former chief executive of Film Australia, Sharon Connolly has been involved in making many landmark history series, films. Like her documentary Red Matildas she writes

Festive season books – Part 2

The second installment in the recap series featuring some of the books discussed on the blog in 2020. Actress Actress is Irish author Anne Enright’s latest novel and tells the story of Katherine O’Dell by her daughter Norah, her life on the stage across continents and her relationships in her life, and

Festive season books – Part 1

This is the first of the festive season series that takes a look back at some of the books featured on the blog this year. Olive, again Olive, Again is Elizabeth Strout’s latest installment in her story of Olive Kitteridge, the retired maths teacher with a sharp wit and an even sharper

Hot flush fiction


It’s not just TV shows like Fleabag where women are finally breaking the silent code around menopause. In books and films women are dishing on the joys and challenges of middle-age hot flush life. Blood red takes on a whole new meaning after meno. Aaaand the Broad is back after a few