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Mallacoota Musings

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Comment | 1 comment

Mallacoota Musings

  Mallacoota, midway between Sydney and Melbourne, is a small remote coastal town on the entrance shore of an extensive inlet. Surrounded by national park, it is simply magnificent.   Utilising images, prose and the 5,7,5 syllable lines of Japanese Haiku – a nod to the bardic E. J. Brady – these musings reflect on Mallacoota, its magic, its minions and its mischief.  They will appear spasmodically, when mood and muse align.  A listing follows with dates of...

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aCOMMENT: on Patrick McCaughey’s “Strange Country”

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Comment | 1 comment

aCOMMENT: on Patrick McCaughey’s “Strange Country”

Some time ago I knew only so much about Australian art – I might recognise who a painting was by and know a little about the painter. When reading a book like Patrick McCaughey’s new tome Strange Country: why Australian painting matters, I took it as gospel.     Today not a lot has changed – except regarding matters discussed on this website.  On these I have more detailed knowledge. So when a friend loaned a copy of her newly acquired Strange Country and asked...

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with reason, without rhyme: a Max Harris biography

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Comment, Malley | 1 comment

with reason, without rhyme: a Max Harris biography

Max Harris was many things to many people: poet, journalist, critic, bookseller, publisher, newspaper columnist, husband, father … and much more. He can be thought of as one of the great catalysts of Australian letters. He sped up the reaction – he made things happen. His footprints are certainly all over the territory covered by this website: Malley, Nolan, Heide and Comment. It was Max to whom Ethel Malley sent her dead brother Ern’s poems; it was Max who in 1945 visited...

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‘Am and Tripe: The Turners in Adelaide

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Comment | 2 comments

‘Am and Tripe: The Turners in Adelaide

    ‘Am and Tripe coincides with the visit to Adelaide of a major exhibition of Turner paintings from their London home at the Tate Britain. Two Adelaide children enter Turner’s world and there discover new connections between people, places, events and paintings.  But beware – some of the discoveries come from the wonderful world of their imagination.   It seems appropriate that this story should center on Adelaide where, 70 years ago this October, Max...

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Comment – an overview

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Comment | 0 comments

Comment is one of two little magazines dedicated solely to avant garde art and literature published in Melbourne during World War 2. The better known of the two is Angry Penguins with nine issues published between October 1940 and June 1946. Comment was published by Comment Publications and edited by Cecily Crozier who was born in Melbourne on 21 July 1911. This website is dedicated to Cecily and went live on the centenary of her birth. Cecily’s father was a mining engineer and worked...

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Cecily Crozier: a centenary portrait

Posted by on Jul 21, 2011 in Comment | 2 comments

Cecily Crozier: a centenary portrait

A portrait of Cecily by David Rainey.   It is Melbourne, September 1940.  The Swans have just thrashed the Tigers to win their fourth premiership flag, and Australia has been at war for a year – a reality biting across a nation that once again has answered the call.  Factory bench and office desk alike collect dust as men and women depart for uncertain fates – some to battlefields in the Middle East, in Europe and in Africa; others to local training camps for conscripted Militia, the...

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