This week’s arts news and trending topics

Summarising this week’s arts headlines and what the sector is reading and discussing this week.
A cartoon of a spy hidden by a newspaper. All we see of him is his hat and gloved hands, and one eye: he has cut out a photo in the newspaper's front page and is staring through it to avoid being spotted.

Our most popular story of the week was the announcement of the 11 titles longlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award (the winner of which receives $60,000) and also features links to nine of the 11 longlisted novels reviewed by ArtsHub. Perhaps catching up on a review or two will help you decide which novel to read in the coming weeks, before the shortlist is announced?

Also popular this week was a new exploration of intimacy coordination in the performing arts, while two follow-up stories about last week’s Federal Budget also received considerable attention from you, our readers.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts