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Yearning for touch — a photo essay

At a time of pandemic, an extraordinary photographic project unfolded between sheets of clear plastic.
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The Stella shortlist: your guide to 2021’s powerful, emotional books

Our experts cast their eyes over this list of contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and non-fiction which undertakes impressive trapeze acts across genre boundaries.
Yuh-Jung Youn, winner of the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role in ‘Minari,’ poses at the Academy Awards, and the film’s director, Lee Isaac Chung, arrives at the ceremony at Union Station in Los Angeles on April 25, 2021, (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)

‘Minari’: Part of a wave of 2nd-generation storytelling about what it means to participate in America

Second-generation storytellers are being candid about challenges and benefits of creative careers in the face of family hopes or fears, or societal resistance to hearing marginalized narratives.
Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

What happens when your arts minister suffers from cultural cringe?

Arts Minister Paul Fletcher has taken aim at what he calls a 'cosy club' of arts elites. But his claim of 'unprecedented' arts funding and a push for greater fairness don't add up.

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