June 2011, no. 332

June 2011, no. 332

News from the Editor's Desk

A month of Miles

Australia is glutted with literary prizes, all competing for attention; but the Miles Franklin Literary Award, first awarded in 1957 and now worth $42,000, retains a cachet all its own. This month’s shortlist is very exclusive: the three shortlisted boo ...

James Curran, John Carmody, Charles Lock


James Curran replies to Stuart Macintyre

Dear Editor,

Stuart Macintyre’s response to my letter (May 2011) acknowledges that in terms of ‘composition, character and loyalty’ – that is, the basic needs of nationalism – Australia defined itse ...

Australian art abroad

Patrick McCaughey

The paradoxical neglect of Australian art abroad

by Patrick McCaughey


Twenty years ago, when I was at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, I heard of an Arthur Boyd exhibition in SoHo. Recklessly, without seeing the show, I urged my A ...

Alexandra Harris: Romantic Moderns

Frances Spalding

Reviving native traditions, in modern ways

Frances Spalding


Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper
by Alexandra Harris
Thames & Hudson, $4 ...

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