Tag Archives: Spain

The Beautiful Obscure

My recently published book The Beautiful Obscure, on the intertwining cultural histories of Australia and Spain, is available now from Transmission Press, or selected bookshops. On the Transmission Press website there is also information on upcoming events and launches, as … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Lines from Worship to Despair

This piece, published in The Melbourne Review in 2013, reviewed the Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain.   Lines from Worship to Despair Coming on the heels of 2012’s masterpieces from Madrid’s … Continue reading

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Trouble on the Hour, Every Hour

My essay on the bewildering array of troubles surrounding Europe, drawing on George Friedman‘s recent book Flashpoints, is featured in the latest edition of Overland magazine. The end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Bloc had … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Obscure

After a year of solid writing and research, and much trawling back through years of anecdotes and memories, I am pleased to have completed the first draft of my non-fiction work exploring Australian perspectives on the cultural history of Spain. Combining … Continue reading

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2015: Another Year of the Long Book

If a book doesn’t grab me in the first twenty or thirty pages, it is discarded – there’s simply too much to read. And so there’s always a feeling of deep reward and satisfaction at coming to the end of … Continue reading

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2015 – it’s 1521 all over again

2015 – it’s 1521 all over again. ‘Forget all the bribery and prodigal spending of the southern Europeans – only God will save you!’ claimed Martin Luther, if not in those exact words. ‘Forget all the bribery and prodigal spending … Continue reading

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Spain: the new politics of resistance

Last week I contributed a mid-length article to Overland Magazine focussing on the political resistance to rampant corruption in Spain, the rise of Podemos and the generational change represented by a new class of politicians such as Pablo Iglesias, Alberto Garzón and Pedro Sánchez. Read … Continue reading

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