Orion the Trojan Sea Unicorn of Woodford Folk Festival

by Anna Dreyer With a starring role in this year’s welcoming ceremony as the whimsical centrepiece of the official festival program and posters, the Trojan Sea Unicorn is arguably the most identifiable star of this year’s Woodford Folk … [Read more...]

The Menstrual Revolution

by Jade McGarry “Half the world menstruates, so we may as well talk about it.” So says Fiona McKeague, member of the ‘Menstru-Revolutionaries,’ a team of women working to innovate the menstrual process and eradicate the internalised shame … [Read more...]

The Poets Breakfast – the most fulfilling meal of the day

by Jade McGarry 'Campbell the Swaggy' graces the stage at the Poets Breakfast Photo cred: Dylan Crawford Making an audience feel emotionally vulnerable by a group of strangers at 8AM in the morning is a tough gig, but the folk at the Poets … [Read more...]

Mu’ooz – the little food stall with a big story

JADE MCGARRY Saba Abrahams, founder of Mu'ooz, prepares the morning's Eritrean coffee More than 20-thousand refugees come to Australia every year, leaving many women, men and children experiencing unemployment, trauma and social … [Read more...]

Byron artists rally to save historic hall

BILLY WALKER A collective of Northern Rivers artists have launched an open art festival to save a 100-year-old town hall -- one of the few remaining galleries in the region. Local artists Marika Bryant and Soren Carlbergg formed the Art 4 Art’s … [Read more...]

Brisbane community celebrates with Pride

Brisbane Pride 2018 marchers

REBEKAH ROENNFELDT The LGBTIQA+ community and their supporters had a lot to celebrate at the 27th Brisbane Pride March and Fair Day on September 22. It was the first time the event, which is the biggest LGBTIQA+ event in Queensland, has been … [Read more...]

Crafters taken by the hand on coast

ISABELLA NEAL Art can be a lonely business -- hours spent alone crafting jewellery, sculptures, clothing, paintings and other passion projects, often without connection to an audience or a community of like-minded individuals. Little wonder so … [Read more...]

Gold Coasters go nuts for Nutella fest

LUCY REES The Nutella Festival at Nightquarter in Helensvale was a huge hit. Guests were treated to hazelnut chocolate flavoured treats like Nutella donuts, Nutella martinis...and intrigued by unusual creations like Nutella steak and pizza. For … [Read more...]

Prickly bear earns artist top award

JANELLE MILLER Dion Parker and Andrew Cullen have won the $15,000 Swell Sculpture Festival award, judged this weekend in Currumbin, with a huge bear that is hard to hug. Mr Parker said Prickles the Unhuggable Bear, a 4m teddy crafted from coils … [Read more...]

Local writer to publish new poetry collection

Author Brentley Frazer

ROMAN KATO It has been a busy time for local writer Brentley Frazer. “I’m always writing,” he says. “If not then I’m thinking about the next thing, hunting the void for ideas.” Following on from the success of his 2017 memoir, Scoundrel … [Read more...]