Com­me­dia dell’arte estab­lished itself in Six­teenth Cen­tu­ry Europe as one of the most endur­ing tra­di­tions in world the­atre. As a high school dra­ma stu­dent, I was enrap­tured with the form, with the Com­me­di­a’s stock char­ac­ters of mas­ters, ser­vants, sol­diers, and young …

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My teach­ing year has end­ed for 2021 and so begins a long-await­­ed sum­mer of read­ing, writ­ing, watch­ing films, and swim­ming in the sea. At the end of our encounter with Roman­ti­cism (from Blake’s ‘The Tyger’ to Mary Oliv­er’s ‘The Summer …

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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 …

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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 »

The sec­ond half of 2017 brought more high­lights in this writer’s life. On the 12th of Sep­tem­ber, I attend­ed the unique­ly won­der­ful CBCA Lunch With The Stars at the ICMS in Man­ly (as often com­ment­ed, a more serendip­i­tous­ly Hog­wart­sian locale …

From Lunch With The Stars to One Book One Pen Read more »