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Two panels. On the left is a headshot of a brunette man with a light beard, black top, white shirt and tie. On the right is a book cover with 'Big Time' written repetitively in different colours.
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Book review: Big Time, Jordan Prosser

Jordan Prosser’s much-touted first novel sometimes flies off its own tracks, but is nonetheless a very impressive debut.

'Future Remains: The 2024 Macfarlane Commissions', installation view at ACCA. A darkened exhibition space filled by an installation towards the foreground of the photo. It features terracotta sculptures on wooden plinths made with discarded material.
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Exhibition review: Future Remains: The 2024 Macfarlane Commissions, ACCA

Large-scale works grounded in material investigations shine at the 2024 Macfarlane Commissions, but is it still helpful to put emerging…

Four young women and a young man are laughing and playing, mid tumble on the floor.
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Musical review: Little Women, Hayes Theatre

Put to music, Alcott's beloved novel loses some subtlety, but should still please fans of the original.

Two panels. On left is smiling headshot of Asian man wearing glasses and a suit and tie. On the right is cover of a book cover full of high rise buildings with 'Ghost Cities" in black.
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Book review: Ghost Cities, Siang Lu

A playful and metafictional novel about storytelling, Chinese history and contemporary society.

A canvas painting of gradations of different shades of blue.
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Exhibition review: Paula Irene Payne, Logan Art Gallery

In her collage approach to depicting wetlands and tidal zones, Paula Irene Payne pays homage to Brett Whiteley.

Two panels. On the left is a headshot of a woman with short blonde hair and a blue scarf. On the right is a cover of a book with "Murder in Punch Lane' written in white over an image of a (headless) woman wearing a white dress surrounded by foliage.
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Book review: Murder in Punch Lane, Jane Sullivan

A crime novel set in the laneways and high society of 19th century Melbourne.

emerging artist award 2024 finalists' exhibition at fortyfivedownstaris, Melbourne. Paintings, sculptures and installations inside a spacious gallery with white walls and dark wooden floor.
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Exhibition review: Emerging Artist Award 2024, fortyfivedownstairs

Topical and engaging, the Emerging Artist Award showcases early-career talent regardless of age.

paintings in gallery space. Clara Adolphs
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Exhibition review: Together Again: Clara Adolphs, Ngununggula

An ambitious exhibition that explores the human condition through painted found images.

Two panels. On the left is a photo of a man with dark hair wearing a black t-shirt. On the right is the cover of a book with 'Oblivion' in white. There's a picture of a silhouette woman overlaid with views of a city.
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Book review: Oblivion, Patrick Holland

Holland's latest novel is the antithesis to a high-octane thriller.

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Theatre review: A Streetcar Named Desire, Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne

The MTC's take on Williams' 20th century classic impresses, but lacks genuine menace.

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