Imagine you're being chased. Someone's trying to kill you. They're trying to kill your family too – what's left of it. You're not just running from one person. It's an entire extremist group that controls the region. Or military regime that runs the country. You hear from a friend of a friend there's a way out. … Continue reading People Movers: the politics running the asylum
Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Magdalena Wiegner was the first friendly face I saw when I moved to Berlin in 2014. I spent a week in the vacant room of her Neukölln apartment. Magda is an artist. That much was clear from peeking through her doorway. Intricate sketches adorned … Continue reading Magdalena Wiegner: “My aim is to fill the streets with little details”
Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Omar Sakr is that rarest of unicorns - a successful poet. Treating each word with care, he conjures images that are crisp and blooming. He's written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, and The Saturday Paper, among others. His work has also featured in Meanjin, … Continue reading Omar Sakr: “There’s nothing minor in life”
Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… You'll hear Minna Partanen before you see her, such is the carry of her voice. Once you see her, you're inclined to keep looking. Minna is a Finnish actor and theatre director with cropped, chameleonic hair. She never enters a room without a story, … Continue reading Minna Partanen: “You have to step over the shame every time you go on stage”
Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… It's better not to compare yourself to Will Kostakis. His novels are bestsellers, earning fulsome cover quotes from the likes of Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi). His latest is due for release in March. The fact he's a full year younger than me makes me want … Continue reading Will Kostakis: “I’m scared someone’s gonna Go Set A Watchman me”
Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Nina is a natural storyteller with the best turn of phrase in the business. She's the kind of person who would make you feel inadequate by comparison at high school reunions. It would be totally inadvertent, of course. And you'd be enjoying the conversation … Continue reading Nina Betts: “He immediately started showing me photos of his mother’s open casket funeral”
Protagonists is a series of interviews about life, identity, and pursuing passions… Anke Grünow is a 27 year old writer/photographer/artist from Dresden, born in the faltering twilight of the GDR. She's always looking for a new angle of expression, and someone whose creative thirst I envy. She has also tried to kill herself. Twice. Are you able … Continue reading Anke Grünow: “Catharsis can be dangerous”
"This is dumb," said Tom, after a bulky silence. "I'm going." Anne rose in protest. "What?" said Tom. "It's just...I called jinx," said Anne. She wound back her left mitt and thumped him violently on the arm. "Rules are rules." Tom sank back to his seat, nursing the welt. This was a girl with principles, he thought. … Continue reading Jinx
At least there's no immediate threat of the machines taking over... The lights are not long out on the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide and reviews are of the rave variety. The crowds turned up. Pundits pontificated excitedly - at excessive length - about a pink ball which ultimately behaved itself. And the cricket, despite … Continue reading Trust Issue: Cricket’s DRS Farce Continues
Habit parading as romance, marketing as tradition... Well, it's (Facebook) official. Engagement season is in full swing. The trickle on the old news feed has become a full-blown deluge. Bejewelled digits thrust to unanimous acclaim and hundreds of likes: 'She/I said YES!' The mid-to-late twenties threshold signals the next step for lots of established couples. … Continue reading Someone Tell Me, Why Is The Ring Still a Thing?
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