The ABR Podcast

#20 Forty years of ABR: Peter Rose in conversation with Beejay Silcox

18 April 2018

Peter Rose spoke to Beejay Silcox, recipient of Australian Book Review Fortieth Birthday Fellowship, about developments at ABR since the revival of the magazine's second series in 1978. Beejay also discusses her Fellowship essay, 'Defying ... More

#19 Michael Adams reads 'Salt Blood'

05 March 2018

Each year, ABR’s prestigious Calibre Essay Prize, one of the world’s leading prizes for a new essay, attracts some of the finest writers from Australia and overseas.

Last year, the first prize of $5,000 was awarded to More

#18 Dilan Gunawardana in conversation with Greg Sestero

01 December 2017

ABR Deputy Editor Dilan Gunawardana spoke to Greg Sestero: actor, model, author and co-star of the 'best/worst film ever made', The Room (2003).

His award-winning memoir The Disaster Artist: My life inside The Room, the greatest bad ... More

#17 Stephen Orr reads 'Ambassadors from Another Time'

02 November 2017

From the Herbig family who lived in a hollowed out tree trunk to Dr Bosisto’s ‘Syrup of Red Gum’, from the trauma and regeneration of bushfires to the ill-fated Burnside Village tree, the Tree of Knowledge, and the ‘dig tree’ - how can we understand Australia’s complex relationship with the eucalypt? The More

#16 The 2017 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize ceremony

24 August 2017

Eliza Robertson won the 2017 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story ‘Pheidippides’. Author David Malouf a ... More

#15 Peter Rose on the same-sex marriage debate

18 August 2017

'The recent debate about same-sex marriage has been one of the most unseemly episodes in our recent history. A legal entitlement that has been endorsed by untold opinion polls has again been delayed because of internecine strife in the federal coalition. A postal ballot with dubious legal weight or status will further delay same-sex marriage and result in a divisive ... More

#14 The 2017 Peter Porter Poetry Prize Ceremony

20 April 2017

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, Australian Book Review held a ceremony at the Collected Works Bookshop to announce the winner of the 2017 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. The joint winners were - Louis Klee (Vic) for his poem ‘Sentence to Lilacs’ and Damen O’Brien (Qld) for ‘pH’

The winners were chosen from a field of nearly 1000 entries from twent ... More

Episode #13 Peter Rose in conversation with Lee Christofis

28 February 2017

Peter Rose interviews ABR contributor Lee Christofis, who recently attended a number of exhibitions in Paris showcasing works by Léon Bakst, Cy Twombly, and Arnold Schoenberg among others. His visit coincided with the fortieth birthday of the Pompidou Centre. Lee's 'Letter from P ... More

Episode #11 Michael Halliwell in conversation with Brett Dean

23 December 2016

Michael Halliwell interviews Australian composer, violist, and conductor Brett Dean for the ABR Podcast. Dean composed the opera Bliss based on the Peter Carey novel, and was for many years a violist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music(ANAM) in Melbourne, and is now a ... More

Episode #12 The City of Palaces by Gabriel García Ochoa

02 December 2016

Gabriel García Ochoa reports back from Mexico following the US election in his article 'The City of Palaces' which appears in the January-February issue of Australian Book Review. ... More

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