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Of ice and men

Of ice and men

This week: the perils of privilege, the whitening of pot, invisible galaxies, Modi's dark victory, and what freezing does to language.

Remembering Les Murray, Australia’s gift to the world

Remembering Les Murray, Australia’s gift to the world

He was a poet who reached across the aeons to Homer, yet he lived in a land which has never willingly taken a single poem to its heart.

Political scandals escalate in lead-up to election

Political scandals escalate in lead-up to election

Good morning, early birds. Bill Shorten has won the audience vote against Scott Morrison in last night's leaders' debate, and following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, a ban on any clothing that prevents identification has been introduced in Sri Lanka. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Farewell to Les Murray, a true Australian gentleman

Farewell to Les Murray, a true Australian gentleman

Les Murray believed in soccer, and we believed in him.

Turnbull dobbed in sacked SBS reporter over Anzac tweets

Turnbull dobbed in sacked SBS reporter over Anzac tweets

Malcolm Turnbull took umbrage with the Anzac Day tweets of SBS' football reporter. He took the unusual step of reporting the tweets to SBS management. Fair enough, or government overreach?

The Pre-Nobel Poet: drawing Les Murray reading

The Pre-Nobel Poet: drawing Les Murray reading

Great Australian poet Les Murray wrote a book about his debilitating depression, but was cheerful at a recent bookshop appearance where W H Chong witnessed the world premiere of four poems.

Sophie Cunningham: is writing evolving?

Sophie Cunningham: is writing evolving?

Is form following function? Are we evolving? Or, to the question I want to consider here: is writing evolving? And is there a danger of Australian writers losing their distinctive voice, asks writer and editor Sophie Cunningham?

Macquarie Anthology to have a global reach

Macquarie Anthology to have a global reach

The Macquarie PEN Anthology will have a considerable effect on the burgeoning study of Australian literature abroad, writes Nicholas Birns. Yes, some bits are very literary, and some authors miss out, but finally Australian literature might get its deserved world recognition.

PM’s poet cops it from the <i>New Yorker</i>

PM’s poet cops it from the New Yorker

Four pages in the New Yorker should be enough attention to satisfy the ego of even an Australian poet. It is not likely that Les Murray will be basking in Dan Chiasson’s recent article about him.