Author: Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.
LitFestBergen

Perth to feature in LitFestBergen’s Eurovision-style literary event

January 14, 2021

“Hello Perth, this is Bergen calling.” Perth and Writing WA will be featured, along with ten other international locations, in LitFestBergen’s Literature Live Around The World on February 12th. One of the few positives that has come from the global Covid-19 pandemic, is the increasing use of the virtual. In 2020, Literary Awards and Book Festivals […]

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Beowulf

Book Review: Maria Dahvana Headley breathes new life into an old classic in Beowulf

January 5, 2021

Beowulf is one of those stories that a lot of people think they know. That’s because it’s an iconic work of early English literature. Not only that, there have been countless translations and adaptations in the intervening centuries since the heroic tale was first uttered by a bard. Amongst its translators and adaptors are some […]

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Anticipated Books 2021

The AU’s Most Anticipated Books of 2021: Jan – Mar

December 30, 2020

2020 you are done! Well, close enough!  With the New Year only days away we decided it was time to look forward and see what literary treats we have in store for us in 2021.  With so many books published each week, month and year, this list can only serve as a snapshot of what’s […]

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Best Books of 2020

The 14 Best Books of 2020

December 11, 2020

By now it goes without saying that 2020 has been a rough year. From wildfires to a global pandemic there has disruption and upheaval on a scale rarely, if ever, seen in “peacetime”. Pretty much every sector of society has taken a hit this year. And the publishing world, as with much of the Arts […]

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Lucky's

Book Review: Andrew Pippos toasts community and family in his debut Lucky’s

December 10, 2020

Debut author Andrew Pippos has used his own family history as a leaping off point for his first novel Lucky’s.  The multi-generational family saga details the rise and fall (and rise again?) of Lucky, a second-generation American-born Greek entrepreneur, restauranteur and erstwhile family man. Having found himself stationed in wartime Australia, impersonating clarinetist Benny Goodman […]

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Vinny Fire

Guest Playlist: Melbourne trio Vinny bring you the essential 80’s beats you need in your life

December 10, 2020

Melbourne trio Vinny capped off November with the release of “Fire”, their second release of the year.  Armed with infectious base lines and oozing swagger, “Fire” is as good an introduction as any to the Melbourne band. Think neon lit dance floors, a touch of hedonism and a smidge of seedy dance floor vibes and […]

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Indie Book Awards 2021

The Indie Book Awards continue to champion great Australian writing with their 2021 Longlist

December 9, 2020

This morning the longlist for the 2021 Indie Book Award has been announced. The award, which celebrates the best Australian writing, is made up of titles nominated by Australian independent booksellers. The Awards cover the best Australian book across six categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Debut Fiction, Illustrated Non-Fiction, Young Adult (12+) and Children’s. The Shortlist will […]

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Sydney Writers' Festival

Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to Carriageworks for four events this Summer as part of Sydney Festival

December 4, 2020

Sydney Writers’ Festival and Sydney Festival are joining forces for one weekend in January to present four major events at Carriageworks. The four events, presented under the banner Something to Talk About will see Sydney audiences spending time with the 2020 Booker Prize Winner, Douglas Stuart; perennial Festival favourites Jennifer Byrne, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and […]

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Tash Sultana guitar

Tash Sultana just got their own Fender Guitar: Introducing the Tash Sultana Stratocaster

December 4, 2020

Fender have teamed up with singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana for their all-new Signature Stratocaster.  The guitar, which features a wide range of tonal options and a custom “Skull” neckplate, is Sultana’s first artist signature model with the iconic guitar brand. The collaboration comes after an incredibly successful five years for the singer-songwriter; going […]

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Big Orange

Perth alt-rockers Big Orange walk us through their rousing debut album An Ode To Odious

December 3, 2020

Late last week Western Australia’s Big Orange released their rousing debut album, An Ode To Odious, through Perth indie label Blue Grey Pink.  The album was recorded primarily at the home of the band’s principal songwriter Daniel Davis, with some further recording by Dave Parkin (Spacey Jane, San Cisco) at Blackbird Sound Studio in Perth. […]

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The Indios

Track of the Day: The Indios “La Primavera” (2020)

November 30, 2020

London-based Colombian band The Indios have just released their new single: “La Primavera”. The single is the creation of production duo Juan Contento, the band’s lead singer, and Felipe Rojas, the drummer.  Slow-tempo and laidback but captivating, “La Primavera” blends the different musical cultures brilliantly. The band has managed to make Urban latin influences rub […]

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Alive

Alive: Nuria takes us song by song through her soulful debut album

November 27, 2020

Tasmanian indie-pop artist Nuria has just released her debut album, the aptly titled Alive. Regular readers of the AU will have noticed I am a fan of the Tasmanian musician, having featured several of her singles over the past year; many of which feature on this new album.  In many ways Alive is an album […]

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The Betweeners: Brisbane’s The Bonnie Doons walk us through their sophomore EP

November 26, 2020

Brisbane indie five-piece The Bonnie Doons released their new EP, The Betweeners, late last week. The four-track release champions a sound rich in groove, rhythm and soul, with the band dipping in and out of a few genre pools.  Recorded at Brisbane’s Alchemix Studios, The Betweeners is a release rooted in optimism, and in making […]

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Alice Skye

Track of the Day: Alice Skye “Stay In Bed” (2020)

November 24, 2020

Singer-songwriter and Wergaia / Wemba Wemba woman, Alice Skye hasreturned with the raw and intimate new single, “Stay In Bed”. Accompanying the single is a wonderful video clip that celebrates Blak excellence and features a host of First Nations talent — including the wonderfully inimitable Uncle Jack Charles.  On “Stay In Bed”, Skye has once […]

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Harmony Byrne

Track of the Day: Harmony Byrne “The Good Days & The Bad Days” (2020)

November 20, 2020

Singer-songwriter Harmony Byrne returns this week with a new single, the quietly devastating “The Good Days & The Bad Days”. The single, written and recorded during quarantine in the Bush, is the first from her forthcoming acoustic EP The Songs I Sing When No One Is Listening – due early 2021.   “The Good Days […]

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Booker Prize

Douglas Stuart wins the 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction for his debut novel Shuggie Bain

November 20, 2020

New York-based Scottish author Douglas Stuart has been announced as the winner of the 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction, with his debut novel Shuggie Bain. Stuart is only the second Scottish author to win the prize in its history.  Although a work of fiction, Shuggie Bain draws upon Stuart’s lived experience, and takes the reader deep […]

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Peking Duk

Guest Playlist: Reuben from Peking Duk’s choice of the most iconic collaborations of all time

November 19, 2020

Australia’s resident dance floor party specialist Peking Duk have teamed up with festival favourites The Wombats on collaborative electro-rock anthem “Nothing To Love About Love”.  The single is the second official release from Peking Duk this year, and follows on from the release of “Move” earlier in the year, which featured Alisa Xalayith of The […]

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Biting The Clouds

Book Review: Fiona Foley critically (re-)examines Queensland’s colonial past in Biting The Clouds

November 19, 2020

Biting The Clouds is the latest book from visual artist, writer and academic Fiona Foley. Adapted from her doctoral thesis, Biting The Clouds, is a compelling critical examination and exhumation of Australia’s, specifically Queensland’s, colonial history from an Indigenous perspective.  Foley is from the Wondunna clan of the Badtjala nation, and is a renowned visual […]

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Tilly Tjala Thomas

Track of the Day: Tilly Tjala Thomas “Ngana Nyunyi” (2020)

November 19, 2020

Emerging South Australia artist Tilly Tjala Thomas has just released her debut single “Ngana Nyunyi” as part of Part Time Records’ Singles Club.  Coming from the Fleurieu Peninsula, Tilly Tjala Thomas has been writing and performing her own songs around Adelaide since she was eleven. This year, her final year of High School, she’s undertaken […]

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Felid

Track of the Day: Felid “On Your Own” (2020)

November 18, 2020

South African-born, Bristol-based singer, songwriter and producer Felid is back with his third single: “On Your Own”. The single is all about stepping away from toxicity and negativity and moving onwards and forwards by yourself.  Felid has credited his creative subconscious for the track; and has suggested that the alt-pop track originated as a late […]

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PLANET

Guest Playlist: Sydney’s PLANET reveal their pre-show hype tracks

November 17, 2020

2020 has dealt Sydney up-and-comers PLANET something of a rough hand. Thanks to COVID-19 their tours of Australia and the UK in support of their new EP Maybe Someday were cancelled.  And although they managed to sell out some intimate shows at Mary’s Underground in August, the Sydney quartet are determined to finish the year […]

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KARLOU

Exclusive Video Premiere: KARLOU “Closer” (2020)

November 17, 2020

Released late last week “Closer” is the third single from Queensland artist KARLOU. The raw and emotive track details a vulnerable time in the singer’s life. Today, we’re pleased and excited to bring you the exclusive premiere of the accompanying touching music video.  The music video depicts the journey one can go through when struggling […]

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Track of the Day: Tash Hills “First Breath” (2020)

November 17, 2020

Released on Friday, “First Breath” is the sophomore single from up-and-coming soul singer Tash Hills. Infectious and upbeat “First Breath” is like an injection of sunshine to the soul, and is perhaps the perfect remedy to the gloom of 2020.  Hills is inspired by Chaka Khan, and influenced by the likes of George Benson and […]

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Track of the Day: Martha Ffion “Rosaleen – Captured on Cassette Live Session” (2020)

November 13, 2020

Glasgow-based Irish singer-songwriter Claire McKay a.k.a. Martha Ffion has this week released her latest single, “Rosaleen” – taken from her wonderful sophomore album Nights To Forget. Alongside the album version of the track, fans are being treated to a new special live version of the track. It forms part of a larger live session that Ffion has recorded […]

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MOBS

Guest Playlist: Melbourne’s MOBS unveil their top ten favourite remixes

November 12, 2020

This week sees rising Australian quartet MOBS release a reworking of their single “Big World” with DJ, producer and singer-songwriter Goldhouse.  The quartet enlisted the expertise of the esteemed producer during COVID lockdown earlier in the year. “We were in lockdown with COVID and decided to bring a different energy to a collective favourite song […]

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Bambi O'Hara

Exclusive Single Premiere: Bambi O’Hara “Crazy Without You” (2020)

November 12, 2020

Sydney artist Bambi O’Hara releases “Crazy Without You”, her second single this Friday November 13th. Ahead of the official release tomorrow we’re excited to bring you this exclusive chance to hear the new single early.  Co-written and co-produced with her producer, and now partner, Tim McArtney, “Crazy Without You” taps into the current global zeitgeist […]

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Long Blue Light

Track of the Day: Leif Vollebekk “Long Blue Light” (2020)

November 12, 2020

A year on from the release of his critically acclaimed album New Ways, singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk returns with a two-song EP, Long Blue Light. The title track, which we’re focusing on here, is a brand new original. Whilst, the second track is a cover of Bon Iver’s “29 #Strafford APTS”. It’s equally beautiful, so be […]

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Don Glori

Exclusive Single Premiere: Don Glori “Dawn Calling” (2020)

November 10, 2020

“Dawn Calling” is the debut single from Melbourne-based artist Don Glori (a.k.a. Gordon Li). Recorded live to tape over two sweltering days earlier this year, it is also the second release from Nothin Personal, and teases an EP of the same name that’s on the way next month. The lead single drops this Friday, November 13th, but we’re stoked […]

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Dutch Monks

Exclusive Album Premiere: Dutch Monks – Yours To Lend (2020 LP)

November 9, 2020

This week sees the release of Yours To Lend, the debut album from transcontinental indie duo Dutch Monks. Ahead of the album’s release on Friday, we’re excited to bring you this exclusive first listen.  Dutch Monks are Melbourne singer-songwriter Jesse Rudd-Schmidt and Dutch pianist Thijs Flinsenberg. The pair met whilst they were both working together […]

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Dust

Guest Playlist: Perth’s Dulcie share the tracks that inspired their latest single “Dust”

November 5, 2020

Late last month Perth indie girl band Dulcie released their latest single “Dust”. We enjoyed the song – a three minute burst of sunshine and positivity to help get you up and going – so much we made it our Track of the Day.  The song which is full of charm, personality and displays a […]

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