"Music to me is a form of escapism, escape from the challenges we've got day to day, a way to escape some of the hassles we've got with life." - John Koumurou, quadriplegic, flugelhorn player, composer.
Brunswick is the first home-away-from-home for many students and young professionals. Ayeesha Cain is one of them. But the postcodes she once loved are losing their allure. Can they ever get back on track?
She was still his student, just finishing her VCE exams, the first time teacher Gregory Gorton asked Jane McNaughton out for a drink. She didn't take him up on it. He wasn't deterred, just turned his sights elsewhere.
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.
Perinatal anxiety and depression can be deeply damaging - even fatal. A new email resource provides pregnant women and new mums with expert emotional support throughout the rollercoaster of the maternal journey.
A cascade of glitter, colour and rainbow flags flowed through the centre of Melbourne on Saturday afternoon. Charlotte Grieve joined the parade, and asked about 100 people what brought them out onto the streets. Most simply said “love.”
Screen Queensland’s move to revive the dormant Brisbane International Film Festival in partnership with Palace Cinemas has stoked concerns that the festival scene is being hijacked by commercial interests.
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.
When the boy band GOT7 held a fan meeting in Australia late last month, Twitter lit up with a series of hashtags that revealed a growing Australian appetite for catchy K-pop – the music genre originating in South Korea that is a heady mix of catchy tunes, synchronised dancing and eye-catching fashion.
Fear, pessimism and the “explosive” state of some European countries in the era of Brexit and Donald Trump were dominant themes in a discussion this week among academics that also drew parallels for the rest of the world, including Australia.
Acting Melbourne University vice-chancellor Margaret Sheil has warned that the Federal Government’s higher education reforms could have “a major impact” on the university, putting at risk its unique degree model that encourages students to undertake post-graduate study.
A Sydney academic, whose detention in China earlier this year created international headlines, is warning that his harsh treatment is designed to intimidate Chinese in Australia and academics researching topics deemed sensitive by Beijing.
The word “euthanasia” comes from the Greek, meaning “good death”. Caitlin Mahar traced the increasingly medicalised care of the dying and the parallel rise of euthanasia activism, asking when and why we decided death should be painless.