Ned Hirst

Ned Hirst is a lawyer and writer based in Sydney whose work has appeared in Overland, The Australian Law Journal and elsewhere. He tweets at @ned_hirst.

Ned's Latest Articles

Saplings. Image is three young men on stage, one seated on the ground, two standing and looking down at him. They are all behind a large net-like curtain.

Theatre review: Saplings, Sydney Festival

Stories of young people in the youth justice system.

Beatrix & Fred. Image is a black and white headshot of the author on the left, she has dark hair and polo neck jumper. On the right is a blue book cover with the title and a dead (upside down) canary at the bottom of the image.

Book review: Beatrix & Fred, Emily Spurr

Two loners and their odd, off-kilter relationship.

The Seagull. A young man with a bloodied bandage on his head sits with his legs drawn up to him and is embraced by an older woman in a black jumper.

Theatre review: The Seagull, Roslyn Packer Theatre

A contemporary version of Chekhov's famous play shows 'The Seagull' has lost none of its relevance.

Twelfth Night. A dark spotlit stage features small trees in large pots, a couple of actors cuddle on. either side of the stage and a person centre stage with arm raised, wearing a white waistcoat, braces and black shorts.

Theatre review: Twelfth Night, Sydney Opera House

This production of Shakespeare's classic gender swap comedy deliberately dramatises its tragic elements.


Theatre review: The Importance of Being Earnest, Roslyn Packer Theatre

Oscar Wilde's hilarious play sparkles for another season.


Book review: Eta Draconis, Brendan Ritchie

An award-winning 'cli-fi' novel tracks two sisters as they make their way in a dying world.


Book review: Birnam Wood, Eleanor Catton

What happens when a gardening guerrilla group becomes entangled with a billionaire?


Book review: Shirley, Ronnie Scott

An opaque book that navigates the liminal spaces between relationships.


Book review: Great Australian Rascals, Rogues and Ratbags, Jim Haynes

True crime characters in Australia's history.


Book review: Hopeless Kingdom, Kgshak Akec

From South Sudan to Australia, this award-winning novel tracks the journey of childhood, family and the migrant experience.

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