Review: Blackrock is a powerful, painful, must-see piece of iconic Australian theatre (at La Boite, Brisbane until August 12th)

A group of teenagers come together for a party on the beach. But come morning, a fifteen year old girl is dead, raped and then beaten to death. The work of late playwright Nick Enright, Blackrock follows the aftermath of this terrible act, as the party-goers explore their guilt, whether as perpetrators or as bystanders, and their families come to terms with their sons’ actions.... Read More | Share it now!

We explore the expansive exhibition Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum at Brisbane’s Queensland Museum

Opening late last month at Brisbane’s Queensland Museum, Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum is an expansive and interactive look at one of Ancient Rome’s best known traditions and one of the Eternal City’s most enduring symbols. Curated in conjunction with some of Rome’s most prominent museums and institutions, Gladiators is a Brisbane exclusive, and I went along to check it out!... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Brodie Lancaster’s No Way! Okay, Fine is a crash course in the power of thinking like Kanye

Shortlisted for the 2015 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, No Way! Okay Fine is the first book from writer, editor and occasional DJ Brodie Lancaster. A series of personal essays, Lancaster tackles just about everything, from growing up in a small town and a year spent in New York City, to early brushes with feminism and far too much time spent trying to be the “right kind” of fat, all presented with a hearty dose of related pop culture, movies, and music.... Read More | Share it now!

Shaun Greenhalgh author of A Forger’s Tale talks forgery, felony, and fine art

Written from a prison cell, British art forger Shaun Greenhalgh‘s memoir A Forger’s Tale details his life and work , from the faux Victorian pot lids of his childhood to the Armana princess that led Scotland Yard to his door. Accompanying the book’s release, The AU Review’s Jodie B. Sloan had a chat with Shaun about his inspiration, his incarceration, and his love of art.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: The Mysterious Mr Jacob by John Zubrzycki brings to life the days of British India

Immortalised in Rudyard Kipling’s Kim as master spy and gem trader Lurgan Sahib, Alexander Malcolm Jacob lived a life every bit as exciting as anything any author could have imagined. Now, John Zubrzycki, a former Delhi-based foreign correspondent, has pulled together extensive research to tell the story of The Mysterious Mr Jacob, bringing Nineteenth Century India well and truly back to life.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: Patty Yumi Cottrell’s Sorry to Disrupt the Peace explores that most universal question: “How do I go on, when they do not?”

One day, while waiting for her roommate’s new IKEA sofa to arrive, Helen Moran receives the news that her adopted brother has committed suicide. She orders a black turtleneck to wear to the funeral, leaves a message for her boss, and books a one-way flight back to Milwaukee. But her adoptive parents are surprised to see her, and no one seems to appreciate her investigation into his death.... Read More | Share it now!