August 1, 2018

[Knox Bertie 2018]

Tristan Foster: I do recognise my city in your photographs and I don’t. The train stations are places I’ve waited, the staircases I’ve taken, the commuters are people I have been. But the shots are also evocative of another time, another place. They reveal but they also mask. This tells me that you look for the poetic in your surroundings, also something I do....

November 8, 2017

Serving as another example of the way non-fiction is providing much of the most innovative approaches to contemporary writing, Åsbrink's book introduces a series of apparently unrelated episodes from 1947, all of which she sees as having continued resonance into our contemporary world...

May 24, 2017

In pursuit of local history, one of the most memorable meetings my father had was in Spain, with Pablo Sainz Casado, priest of the small village of Sotosalbos, east of Segovia and in the lee of the Madrid sierra.

May 6, 2017

I first crossed into Spanish territory in 1984 after spending four days in a youth hostel in Saillagouse, in the French Pyrenees, with a head cold and only a recovering drug addict for company.

April 10, 2017

Having written a book that covers, in broad brushstrokes, some five centuries of Spanish and Australian cultural history, the choice of an image for the cover might have been daunting: there are simply so many possibilities to choose from. In the case of The Beautiful Obscure, however, the choice was clear and immediate: Joachim Patinir’s Charon crossing the Styx is not only on...

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