Book Review:
The Casual Vacancy


· Monday, February 4, 2013 · Leave a Comment 


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.

Film Review:
The Impossible


· Monday, February 4, 2013 · Leave a Comment 


Disaster films are a staple of the film industry. Wikipedia lists hundreds of them, all nicely categorised into sub-headings such as monsters, aliens, volcanoes, earthquakes and much more. A cavalcade of death and destruction, and nearly each of them a tale of survival against the odds.

Gallery: Yabun Festival 2013


· Monday, February 4, 2013 · 1 Comment 


On January 26, Survival Day, over 10,000 people united at Victoria Park to celebrate Yabun, Isabella Moore took this collection of images for the SSH.

Music Review:
Peats Ridge Festival


· Tuesday, January 29, 2013 · 1 Comment 


Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival, a three-day camping event held in the Glenworth Valley over the New Year period, has always been able to offer punters plenty of weirdness, workshops and music from both established acts and emerging artists. This summer’s festival (the eighth) was no exception.

Theatre Review:


· Tuesday, January 29, 2013 · Leave a Comment 


As expected from playwright Alana Valentine, Tinderbox, directed with a lyrical toughness by Zoe Carides, is both provocative and tender.

Gallery: 78 Saab farewell show


· Wednesday, December 12, 2012 · Leave a Comment 


78 Saab farewelled fans with a final show at the Annandale Hotel on December 1.

Weaving stories of survival and healing


· Monday, December 3, 2012 · Leave a Comment 


For three years now, in support of ASCA’s Blue Knot Day, Heather Robinson, chair of the South Sydney Uniting Church, and minister Rev. Andrew Collis, have led a prayer service for adults surviving child abuse. This year, however, on Saturday November 3, the church was host to a unique visual art and storytelling presentation.

Gail Mabo recites Reconciliation Speech


· Monday, December 3, 2012 · 1 Comment 


REDFERN: Damien Minton Gallery in Great Buckingham Street will host an exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of Paul Keating’s Reconciliation Speech. The special event on Saturday December 8, 4-6pm, will feature Gail Mabo, painter and daughter of land rights activist Eddie Mabo, reciting the speech live.

New-wave foraging unearths ancient wisdom


· Monday, December 3, 2012 · 1 Comment 


A lot has been said lately about using native ingredients as a more sustainable and healthy way to eat, and we can find more and more of them on restaurant menus. Top chefs like Quay’s Peter Gilmore, Ben Shewry and Kylie Kwong have wholeheartedly embraced native ingredients like Warrigal greens, salt bush, finger limes and kangaroo meat. For some people, however, the benefits of native ingredients have always been known, as they were used in Indigenous cooking long before Danish Chef Rene Redzepi, from World’s Best Restaurant “Noma”, made foraging trendy.

Artist Profile: Francis Edwards
The Duke of Vintage Chill


· Monday, December 3, 2012 · Leave a Comment 


In the mid 1960s I used to go to the teenage dance halls of the era and ask whichever band was playing if I could get up and sing. Within a year I had formed my own band. I was approached one night by the head of Clarion records and offered a recording contract. Naturally, I was over the moon, and within a couple of weeks I was in the studio behind the mike laying down a cover version of a song called I Will, which was released on vinyl as a 45rpm single. It was still in the charts in my hometown of Perth when I recorded my second single for 1968 here in Sydney at Festival records. Within weeks of its release, I received my draft notification and was conscripted into the army, trained as a field artillery gunner and sent to fight in Vietnam.