Craig Billingham

Craig Billingham

Craig Billingham is a Doctor of Arts candidate at the University of Sydney. His poems, stories and reviews have appeared widely, including in Meanjin, Antipodes, Review of Australian Fiction, and Southerly. A collection of poems, Storytelling, was published in 2007. Craig lives in Katoomba, NSW.

Craig Billingham reviews 'The Rules of Backyard Cricket' by Jock Serong

October 2016, no. 385 23 September 2016
Craig Billingham reviews 'The Rules of Backyard Cricket' by Jock Serong
Rain delays at sporting events are not reserved exclusively for reading Australian literature, which I think is a great shame. For example, in July 2016, Alex James, a cricket fan from Brisbane, decided during a washed out session of the First Test between Sri Lanka and Australia to frolic naked on the slickened ground covers, an act for which he was jailed for a week and fined 3,000 rupees (appro ... (read more)

Craig Billingham reviews 'The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman' by John Tesarsch

January-February 2016, no. 378 18 December 2015
Craig Billingham reviews 'The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman' by John Tesarsch
John Tesarsch's second novel, following the acclaimed The Philanthropist (2010), concerns the will of Henry Hoffman, a brilliant but taciturn mathematician who has committed suicide on his farm in rural Victoria. Hoffman's three children – doctoral student Eleanor, property entrepreneur Robbie, and concert pianist Sarah – are to varying degrees confounded by their father's final wishes: what p ... (read more)

Craig Billingham reviews 'Cloudless' by Christine Evans

December 2015, no. 377 27 November 2015
Craig Billingham reviews 'Cloudless' by Christine Evans
Cloudless is the first verse novel from Christine Evans, a Australian playwright now resident in Washington, D.C., where she is a member of faculty at Georgetown University. Set in Perth in the 1980s, after 'the late seventies / when Bondy ruled the roost', but twenty years prior to the mining boom, Cloudless relates the story of eight characters whose lives intersect at Beatty Park, 'a chlorine p ... (read more)