Sheridan Palmer

Sheridan Palmer reviews The Boy from Brunswick: Leonard French, A biography by Reg MacDonald

Sheridan Palmer
22 February 2019

Old friendships and close collaborations between author and subject can be either a blessing or a curse in biography – a tightrope between discretionary tact and open fire. Both call for intimate but balanced subjec More

Brian Matthews reviews 'Antipodean Perspective: Selected Writings of Bernard Smith' edited by Rex Butler and Sheridan Palmer

Brian Matthews
26 September 2018

The editors begin their introduction to Antipodean Perspective with some ground clearing: ‘The putting together of a series of responses to an important scholar’s work is a cl More

Sheridan Palmer on 'A Most Generous Scholar: Joan Kerr' by Susan Steggall

Sheridan Palmer
26 June 2013

It’s absurd to pretend that we are or ever have been no more than exiled Europeans … forever condemned to inhabit some irrelevant, Antipodean limbo.’ This statement encapsulate More

Sheridan Palmer reviews 'Artists in Conversation' by Janet Hawley

Sheridan Palmer
07 March 2013

A conversation is an interactive exchange usually of a spontaneous nature. Janet Hawley’s essays are a mix of journalistic intention, conversational ruminations, observations, enquiries, and a gentle goading of her subjects about the ‘twin crucibles’ of creativity – the personality of the artist and what occurs in his or her sanctum, the studio. Assumi ... More