By Christo­pher Richard­son Review­ing a 2018 pro­duc­tion of Bertolt Brecht’s 1941 play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in New York City, Alexan­dra Schwartz observed that, “the play’s warn­ing about an unimag­in­able future now feels like a bit­ter mock­ery of …

Irre­sistible Rise? Brecht’s V‑Effekt from The Three­pen­ny Opera to Watch­men Read more »

In April I had the plea­sure of attend­ing the New­ing­ton Col­lege Fes­ti­val of Lit­er­a­ture for 2021. It was my first fes­ti­val appear­ance since the eas­ing of Covid restric­tions in Syd­ney and a glo­ri­ous way to cel­e­brate the return of something …

New­ing­ton Col­lege Fes­ti­val of Lit­er­a­ture for 2021 Read more »

The fol­low­ing speech was deliv­ered online in Eng­lish and Kore­an on the 5th of Decem­ber 2020. The event was enti­tled: ‘Build­ing Up Cross-Cul­­tur­al Under­stand­ing Through Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture Between Aus­tralia and Korea: 2020’, con­vened by Dr Hyung-joo Judy Park. Dr Park …

The Book of Beasts: Ani­mal & Human Nature in Children’s Lit­er­a­ture Read more »

Orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished by The Com­mu­ni­ty Writer in 2019. Inter­view by Oliv­er Phish­er.  What are three books that have great­ly influ­enced your life?  1) The Gospel of John: My father was an Angli­can chap­lain, a fierce intel­lect, a com­pas­sion­ate heart, and a man of …

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This week I had the hon­our of meet­ing over 500 Year 7 and Year 8 stu­dents at Oakhill Col­lege in Cas­tle Hill at the invi­ta­tion of librar­i­an Lynn Revai. The theme of the Oakhill Book Week for 2019 was “Ban­quet …

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Aus­tralian Children’s Lau­re­ate Mor­ris Gleitz­man recent­ly told a packed audi­ence in Syd­ney that every­where he trav­els in Aus­tralia he hears young peo­ple express bewil­der­ment that adults keep elect­ing to high office men and women whose behav­iour, should they – the …

Our Cho­sen Sto­ries: Reflec­tions on Four Years of Empire of the Waves Read more »

Words seem cheap nowa­days. They roll beneath our fin­ger­tips on social media feeds, via text mes­sages, and on the news-sites and blogs we browse on trains and bus­es. First thing in the morn­ing and last thing before sleep, we read. …

Mid­dle Read­ers in Mid­dle Earth: Reflec­tions on the Fan­ta­sy Genre for Young Read­ers Read more »