David Latham

David Latham

David Latham is the campaign manager and lobbying strategist for Fund the Arts

'"Not being talked about": Putting the arts back on the political stage' by David Latham

March 2022, no. 440 20 February 2022
'"Not being talked about": Putting the arts back on the political stage' by David Latham
‘There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about’ Oscar Wilde   When the Morrison government decided in December 2019 to axe the federal arts department and to fold it into the department of infrastructure, transport, regional development, and communications, it was a strong signal – if another was needed – of the low esteem and ... (read more)

David Latham reviews 'The Circle and the Equator' by Kyra Giorgi

August 2017, no. 393 23 July 2017
David Latham reviews 'The Circle and the Equator' by Kyra Giorgi
‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’ L.P. Hartley’s now proverbial observation at the start of The Go-Between (1953) functions as a statement of fact and a warning. The writer who wishes to traverse the terrain between a nation’s present and its past must navigate a minefield – linguistic, cultural, and historical. Therefore, when you attempt to navigate not ... (read more)

David Latham reviews 'A Pure Drop: The life and legacy of Jeff Buckley' by Jeff Apter

June-July 2017, no. 392 31 May 2017
David Latham reviews 'A Pure Drop: The life and legacy of Jeff Buckley' by Jeff Apter
Jeff Buckley is a man frozen in time, not just by virtue of being elevated into the pantheon of ‘died-too-early-rock-gods’. Before his untimely drowning in 1997, Buckley appeared to exist in a sort of musical and emotional stasis: a young fogey caught among the cultural ruins and vestiges of his estranged father, who died aged twenty-eight from a heroin overdose in 1975. It is a topic that Jef ... (read more)