On Thursday October 7, 2013, over 100 people gathered at Gleebooks in Glebe for the Australian launch of a handbook for activists called Take Back the Economy: An…
The launch of Dorothy McRae-McMahon’s book, A Life and Death Conversation with Ali, was an occasion for warm reflection. The event was held on July 6 at the South Sydney Uniting Church and was chaired by parish minister Rev. Andrew Collis. More than 100 people were in attendance, including publisher and editor Rev. Dr Ian Price, guest speaker Julie McCrossin, family and friends of the author and the author’s deceased partner Ali Blogg.
This thoughtful book is both a memoir, which celebrates Dorothy’s years with her beloved partner Ali, and a record of their journey through the last 18 months of Ali’s life, after Ali had received a diagnosis of a fatal brain cancer.
Throughout Australian history, the government has often been accused of paternalism, of imposing policy in respect of Aboriginal entities. A contemporary equivalent can be found in the scrutiny exercised towards Howard’s NT Intervention, now Labor’s Stronger Futures legislation.
Read this book to cry and laugh about the getting of wisdom of a young woman: born in India, arriving in England as a very young baby, going to school and growing up in London, going to university in Hertford.
This is not the book for Harry Potter fans: for this is the world from which Harry Potter escaped when he passed through the brick wall at the railway station. It is J.K. Rowling’s version of the real world: the one that cannot be fixed by waving a magic wand.
Why would Sydneysiders want to read a book about Colin McCahon, who died in 1987? In 1984, Colin McCahon and his wife were in Sydney, to celebrate a small retrospective of his work at the Power Institute (University of Sydney). It was during this time that McCahon became lost, confused and went missing. His wife and friends found him, 28 hours later, in St Vincent’s Hospital. The police had picked him up in Centennial Park in the small hours of the morning. This was probably the first dramatic sign of the illness that eventually claimed the life of this great New Zealand artist.
Love & Hunger by Charlotte Wood differs from regular cookbooks in that it touches more on the act of cooking as a way to support and care…