January-February 2015, issue no. 368

Welcome to our January–February issue! Highlights include Martin Thomas on the art and life of Albert Namatjira, Jane Sullivan on Hilary Mantel’s new collection of short stories, and our new ‘Arts Highlights of the Year’ feature in which leading critics and arts professionals nominate their favourite performances of 2014. Also, Susan Lever reviews Christos Tsiolkas’s new title Merciless Gods, Geordie Williamson explores the poetry notebook of Clive James, and Gregory Day explores family ties in his Jolley Prize commended story, 'The 900s Have Moved'. On the poetry side of things, Tracy Ryan is ABRs Poet of the Month, and we publish new poems by Cassandra Atherton, Cameron Lowe, and Tracy Ryan, as well as Clive James’s mordant poem, ‘A Silent Speech by Julia Gillard’.

Highlights from the current issue

Martin Thomas reviews 'Battarbee and Namatjira' by Martin Edmond

Martin Thomas

There was something of the alchemist in Albert Namatjira. Using the most liquescent of media, he created impressions of the driest terrain. Painting in watercolour involves the fluid dispe ... More

Mary Eagle reviews 'Strange Country' by Patrick McCaughey

Mary Eagle

The cover assembles the book’s title and author’s name (writ very large) with a photograph of him, in an art gallery, before a wide yellow landscape by Fred Williams. Turning to the vi ... More

Jane Sullivan reviews 'The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher' by Hilary Mantel

Jane Sullivan

Jane Sullivan reflects on the 'literary cathedrals' Hilary Mantel has erected in her new collection of short stories, The Assassination of  Margaret Thatcher.


Arts Highlights of the Year

Robyn Archer et al.

Leading arts critics and professionals nominate some of their favourite performances for 2014.


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