As a fictional Hunter S. Thompson once said, many fine books have been written in prison. With that being said, here are some writers you should consider sending them a cake with a file in it.
Waltzing Matilda is a towering figure in the national psyche, however, his origin is something else entirely.
Being between Scylla and Charybdis was the ancient Greek equivalent of being between a rock and a hard place. Except with more teeth.
Long before famous Australian actresses shook up Hollywood, these pioneering legends of cinema were showing their talent to the world.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the stranger the person, the stranger the pet they own. This certainly holds true for the artists of yesteryear.
Dave Brubeck was one of the most popular jazz musicians of the fifties, but it was his refusal to play in segregated venues that he should be remembered for.
Art not only enriches our lives, it can be deeply informative. Art from ancient times is often a window through which we can learn about life, culture and the belief systems of people who lived thousands of years ago.
Brussel sprouts, rotten fruit in a drawer, lederhosen kink. It seems the more creative an artist is, the more creative they are with their habits.
MS Paint might be a relic of bygone technology, but one Sydney artist has chosen to immortalise his hometown in that dead medium.
Johnny O’Keefe was one of kind, and absolutely ours. Happy Birthday, wild one.
A man of great genius and eccentricity, Percy Grainger is our of our most oft-forgotten notable figures. Pay him his due…or he may whip you.
The big day is finally here. But while you’re fighting with your relatives over the same old issues, Christmas in far-flung places is far crazier than yours.
The Queen of Sheba crosses time, religion and form. Not bad for someone who might not have existed.
Sydneysider Marnie Ogg is one of the few people around the world we trust to protect the night sky. How did she get this title, and what does she do? Read on, stars…
Nellie Melba was an island upon herself. Alongside her obvious talent, she excelled at the art of the exit. And having foodstuffs named in her honour. What have you done? Hmm?
This Armistice Day, we’re looking at soldiers who suffered horrendous facial injuries during the Great War and how medicine and art worked together to help them.
Catherine Howard may have been married to Henry VIII, but history has not been kind to her. Maybe she needs to lawyer up.
Ada Lovelace was a woman two centuries before her time, pioneering the science behind whatever it is you’re reading this on. The true motherboard of computer science.
We asked author, editor, journalist and friendly neighbourhood spider-dude Robert Whyte to tell us about some of the books that inspired him to become a writer.
Doubt is now being levelled at Christine Blasey Ford in the wake of the FBI’s findings, but that shouldn’t distract from what we women regularly face.
In 2018, our country stands at a strange point. Our children are promoting nuanced, adult discourse, whereas we’re relying on schoolyard fare to get our points across.
We asked Indigenous leader and former national president of the Australian Labor Party Warren Mundine to tell us about five books that have inspired and motivated him.