Update Monday 20 November: Richard Wolstencroft announced this morning that he is stepping down from his post as the director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. He made the announcement in a post apologising for his comments.
When Katrina Ben, a State Library Victoria conservator, took charge of the first-ever attempt in Melbourne to rebind a European medieval manuscript, she could not have imagined that one of the items discovered within its fading pages – a flea – might just provide a link to the plague that decimated Europe in the 13th century.
Superheroes have dominated the entertainment industry since 2000’s X-Men, a dark and politically conscious blockbuster that unleashed an endless stream of movies and television shows about mutants, demigods and caped crusaders.
“I do believe some dead poet entered me for a period of three or four weeks and then went away,” says Michael Gawenda, award-winning Australian journalist and former editor of The Age newspaper. Gawenda grew up with Yiddish, a language that a century ago was understood or spoken by most of the world’s Jews, and is now undergoing something of a renaissance.
Not one member of the team behind Moldova’s entry in this year’s Eurovision song contest is actually from Moldova. And its entry, titled “I want your love”, was co-written by foreigners, including an Australian.