Author: Jodie Sloan

Jess Hill’s See What You Made Me Do takes home Stella Prize

April 15, 2020

“The world is in crisis but our artists are expressing themselves as powerfully and eloquently as ever…” That’s the message from the judging panel tasked with the unenviable duty of selecting the winner of the 2020 Stella Prize. This year, journalist Jess Hill took home the $50,000 prize for See What You Made Me Do, […]

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Yarra Valley Writers Festival announces digital line-up for May event

April 9, 2020

It was announced late last month that the inaugural Yarra Valley Writers Festival would be an online-only event. Today, organisers have revealed a jam-packed livestream line-up for the May 9th celebration. Programmed by playwright Hannie Rayson, the festival will extend its reach beyond a single Saturday, with book clubs and author chats running into late […]

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Spring Loaded Sydney announces new November date

April 9, 2020

90s alt rock festival Spring Loaded has today announced a new date for its Sydney event. Grinspoon and Frenzel Rhomb will now tear up The Lawn at Royal Randwick on November 7th. Original tickets will remain valid. A new date for the Bribie Island event, set to take place at Sandstone Point Hotel, will be […]

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Dawn of Mist

Book Review: Return to Ellest with Helen Scheuerer’s Dawn of Mist

April 9, 2020

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since Helen Scheuerer wrapped up The Oremere Chronicles with the action-packed War of Mist. But Scheuerer isn’t about to let fans struggle through isolation without the company of Bleak, Henri, and the gang. Hitting bookshelves on April 16th, Dawn of Mist takes place before the events […]

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Interview: Sarah Marriott gives us the lowdown on Lounge Room Sessions

April 8, 2020

With venues across the country closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, performers are looking to digital platforms to share their creativity. Enter Sarah Marriott and an exciting new project, dubbed Lounge Room Sessions. With more than 2,000 tuning into the first event last weekend, Lounge Room Sessions are already off to a flying start. Fronted by […]

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Track of the Day: Alex L’Estrange “Social” (2020)

April 6, 2020

Back in 2016, we premiered the music video for Alex L’Estrange‘s “Nothing To Hide“. Now, almost four years later, L’Estrange is back, with the stunning “Social“. It’s a dreamy slice of (almost) Britpop, with shades of Blur and The Lightning Seeds. After losing his day job due to the COVID-19 crisis, L’Estrange found himself wandering […]

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Album Review: A Choir of Ghosts mesmerises with folk debut An Ounce of Gold

April 3, 2020

Based in Sweden, singer-songwriter James Augur fronts folk outfit A Choir of Ghosts. Debut album, An Ounce of Gold was three years in the making, bringing together a series of talented musicians to help form his choir. The end result is stunning, an eleven strong offering of melancholy alt-folk that transports the listener worlds away. […]

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Album Review: Future Static bring the noise with sophomore EP Fatalist

April 1, 2020

Formed in 2016, post-hardcore kids Future Static have been working hard to solidify their place on the Melbourne scene. Fatalist is the second EP from the band, which consists of singer Bri Marsh, guitarists Ryan Qualizza and Jack Smith, bassist Kira Neil and drummer Jackson Trudel. Of the EP, Marsh said: “It’s a bleak look at […]

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Track of the Day: Devil Doll “Purse Whiskey” (2020)

March 31, 2020

Mixing vintage glamour with outlaw country, California’s Devil Doll have just announced new album Lover & a Fighter. Due out May 1st, the build up begins with “Purse Whiskey“, today’s Track of the Day! Returning from a six year hiatus brought on by a series of medical issues for frontwoman Colleen Duffy, including her diagnosis […]

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Yarra Valley Writers Festival to switch to livestream event

March 27, 2020

The Yarra Valley Writers Festival isn’t letting a pandemic get in the way of its inaugural celebrations! Instead, the team have today announced a switch to a digital format, with a series of events streaming live on Saturday 9th May. Festival programmer and playwright Hannie Rayson (Hotel Sorento, Inheritance) said: ‘’The way audiences experience art, […]

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Byron Writers Fest is the latest victim of COVID-19 cancellations

March 27, 2020

Event organisers have confirmed the cancellation of the 2020 Byron Writers Festival. Due to take place in August, tickets had not yet gone on sale. In a statement released today, the festival said: “Regrettably and with a heavy heart we have made the decision to cancel Byron Writers Festival 2020, which was scheduled to run […]

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Interview: Author Helen Scheuerer gives us the lowdown on forthcoming prequel collection Dawn of Mist

March 26, 2020

Soon readers will once more be able to explore the realm of Ellest, in Helen Scheuerer’s prequel collection Dawn of Mist. The anthology reveals more about key characters in The Oremere Chronicles, bringing together sixteen short stories in one volume. Ahead of the book’s release on April 16th, we caught up with Helen to chat […]

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Track of the Day: Future Static “Dead End” (2020)

March 25, 2020

Melbourne outfit Future Static recently unveiled “Dead End“, the second track from forthcoming EP Fatalist. It’s heavy, angry, and exactly what we need right now. Made up of singer Bri Marsh, guitarists Ryan Qualizza and Jack Smith, bassist Kira Neil and drummer Jackson Trudel, , Future Static formed back in 2016. Since then, they’ve made a powerful name for themsleves on […]

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O'Beirne

Book Review: A Couple of Things Before the End is an astonishing debut collection from Sean O’Beirne

March 24, 2020

In the 1950s, a young woman meets Barry Humphries on a ship. Two women text about their difficult, isolated mother. A newly elected hard right politician unleashes upon the press. And as the world burns, a wife from the “better suburbs” begs for a place in an exclusive gated community. These are just a few […]

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Track of the Day: Answering Machine “Cherry Coke” (2020)

March 23, 2020

Brooklyn rock and rollers Answering Machine have just dropped latest single, “Cherry Coke“. The track marks our most recent glimpse of upcoming album Bad Luck, due out April 17th. Drawing inspiration from the likes of The Ramones, Blondie, The Ronettes, and Against Me, Answering Machine formed back in 2016. Launched by public school teachers Samantha […]

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Book Review: Laura Purcell presents another fine Gothic horror with Bone China

March 23, 2020

Hester Why has her share of secrets. Travelling under a false name, on the run from something that – for the time being – remains a mystery, she’s on her way to Morvoren House, an isolated manor on the Cornish coast. Tasked with nursing Morvoren’s aging owner, Miss Louise Pinecroft, Hester joins a household in […]

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2020 ABIAs cancel red carpet event in favour of huge livestream celebration

March 20, 2020

A key fixture of Australia’s literary scene, the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) celebrates the very best in homegrown literature and publishing. This year, as we collectively navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the ABIAs team have made the decision to forego their usual awards ceremony. Instead, they’ll be livestreaming the event, turning it from a 500 guest […]

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The Witcher

Book Review: Delve deeper into the world of The Witcher with Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Last Wish

March 20, 2020

Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher. He makes his living travelling from town to town, hunting down the monsters that stalk the land. After a particularly nasty encounter with a striga, he recovers in a secluded temple. While there, he reflects on past assignments and an uncertain future. First published in the early 90s and […]

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Track of the Day: Wilsonn “Standing Floors” (2020)

February 26, 2020

This month saw the launch of Sydney based record company Soul Modern. With their focus firmly on neo-soul and RnB, singer-songwriter Wilsonn made for a perfect addition to the roster, and we’re excited to be naming “Standing Floors“, their first release together, as today’s Track of the Day. The Sydney artist has garnered comparisons to […]

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Track of the Day: Pace Randolph “Gasoline & Red Wine” (2020)

February 18, 2020

Pop/soul singer Pace Randolph dropped his latest, “Gasoline & Red Wine” this past Valentine’s Day. With debut EP Wrong Tonight and dates as far afield as London and Paris under his belt, “Gasoline & Red Wine” kicks off a string of 2020 releases for the Sydney native. Blending country lyricism with pop production, Pace cites […]

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Track of the Day: A Choir of Ghosts “Sinner in Rapture” (2020)

February 17, 2020

We’re kicking off the week with some gorgeous folk music, courtesy of A Choir of Ghosts. Led by James Auger, the eponymous choir features a rotating cast of collaborators working alongside the Sweden-based frontman. “Sinner in Rapture” marks the the third track from upcoming debut album An Ounce of Gold, due out later this year. Of […]

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Guest Playlist: Michael Dunstan reveals the music that inspired new single “Smoulder or Ignite”

February 14, 2020

Two weeks ahead of his debut album release, Michael Dunstan has dropped his latest single, “Smoulder or Ignite“. As well as being our final glimpse of the upcoming In The Grand Scheme, it’s also a cracking folk tune. In support of the album’s launch, the Wheatbelt folk singer has also revealed details of a huge […]

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Track of the Day: Eilish Gilligan “I Just Want To Look At You” (2020)

February 12, 2020

For today’s Track of the Day, we’re showcasing the latest from Melbourne singer-songwriter Eilish Gilligan. A lush slice of dream-pop, “I Just Want To Look At You” follows on from singles including “Someone Else” and “S.M.F.Y”. Perhaps better known as the Frida frontwoman, or as a touring vocalist with Japanese Wallpaper, Gilligan branched out on […]

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Bonnie Wynne

Book Review: Dive into a new YA fantasy with Bonnie Wynne’s The Ninth Sorceress

February 6, 2020

Gwyn is in a bad way. Imprisoned in the dungeons of the Clockwork City, visits from interrogators and torturers are becoming routine. But, then a wizard walks in with something she’d thought long lost. A memento from a life left behind. And suddenly the words start coming. Ascepis and his caravan. Lucian, the shapeshifter. Her […]

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Euphoria Kids

Book Review: Alison Evans’ YA fantasy Euphoria Kids is a stunning contemporary fairytale

February 3, 2020

Iris, Babs, and the boy without a name. One from the earth, one made of fire, and one who isn’t quite sure what he’s made of just yet. For this trio, navigating school and family life should have been enough. But there’s trouble brewing. Iris, who counts the faeries and dryads amongst their friends, is […]

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Turn Left At Venus

Book Review: Explore the secret life of an author in Inez Baranay’s Turn Left At Venus

January 30, 2020

Ada is dying. Watched over by her new nurse, Jay, Ada is preparing for the end. Ada has lived all over the world. Sydney, Bali, San Francisco. And the Old World she doesn’t remember, save for the boat journey as a child when she first met Leyla. But, Jay has no interest in Leyla, because […]

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Track of the Day: Vetty Vials “Pride” (2020)

January 29, 2020

Sydney’s Vetty Vials has hit the ground running in 2020. Next month, she’ll take to the road in support of Conversations With Myself, her debut album. But before all that, we have “Pride“, a glimpse of what we can expect from next month’s release. Of the upcoming album, the pop punk singer/songwriter says: “Conversations With […]

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The Offspring announce greatest hits Australian/NZ tour

January 28, 2020

Enduring punk legends The Offspring will be returning to our shores later this year. In their first Aussie headline tour in sixteen years, the California band will put together a set list of their greatest hits. Expect the likes of “Self Esteem”, “The Kids Aren’t Alright”, and “Original Prankster” to blow up venues across the […]

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Made In Paris and First Beige to headline Arcadia 2020

January 28, 2020

Later this year, Arcadia will return to the idyllic Goomburra Valley, for a long weekend of music and merry-making. Headlined by Made In Paris and First Beige, the BYO festival promises an exciting roster of live music and DJs. Taking place over the QLD Labor Day weekend, Arcadia will run from Saturday 2nd May until […]

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Theatre Review: The Shakespearean circus is in town, with Brisbane Immersive’s Midsummer Carnival

January 28, 2020

The Midsummer Carnival is in town, and the big top has set up shop at Brisbane Powerhouse. A troupe of pixies and players invite audiences to wander through their carnival, filled with sideshow games, fortune tellers, and death defying stunts. But hidden amongst the crowd are four young lovers, and as the mischievous Puck sets […]

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