Arts

A set of first editions of the official accounts of Captain James Cook’s three voyages around the world will be auctioned as part of the Dennis Joachim Collection.

Slice of colonial history

Collector Dennis Joachim spent 55 years building up an extensive private collection of early Australian books, prints, photographs and fine art that were auctioned this month.

Author Arnold Zable with Henry Nissen (left) and his twin brother Leon at the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival. Photo: Morry Frenkel

A fighter’s extraordinary story

Acclaimed writer Arnold Zable has based his latest book, The Fighter: A True Story, on the extraordinary life of Australian Jewish boxing legend Henry Nissen.

Asylum seekers are escorted by the Australian Navy after being thwarted from reaching Christmas Island.  Photo by New York Times photographer Joel van Houdt

Eva’s fight for asylum seekers

Oscar-winning filmmaker Eva Orner’s latest documentary Chasing Asylum exposes the impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies and reveals the personal heartache of asylum seekers.

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Power of the written word

Israeli author Nir Baram was born into a political family, but turned his back on politics for a literary career. He was in Australia recently to promote the local release of his novel, Good People.

Fem Belling stars in the new musical CrossxRoads.

Stage role is perfect for Belling

Singer Fem Belling is living her dream with a busy schedule. The talented vocalist shot to national prominence last year as a finalist in the Nine Network hit series The Voice.

Yehudi Menuhin and his sister Hephzibah rehearse backstage.

Celebrating the life of Menuhin

The centenary of the birth of violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin is being celebrated on April 22, with the release of a special book and CDs that celebrate the musician’s amazing life.

Author Anna Ciddor at the launch of her novel The Family With Two Front Doors at the Jewish Museum of Australia.  Photo: Peter Haskin

Emotional literary journey to Poland

GIVING life to the characters in her novels can sometimes be tinged with emotion for best-selling children’s book author and illustrator Anna Ciddor. And never more so than with her

Singer Natalie Gamsu

Yiddish favourites at In One Voice

Singer Natalie Gamsu is excited to be performing several Yiddish songs at the In One Voice festival which will be held in Elsternwick from 11am to 5pm on March 20.

Geza Rohrig stars in Son of Saul.

Harrowing Oscar-winning drama

The Hungarian film Son of Saul won the Academy Award for best foreign language film this week. AJN film critic Don Perlgut rates it as one of the finest Holocaust dramas ever made. Read his review.

Eli Hochberg’s prize-winning holiday photo taken in Ecuador.

Our prize-winning photos

The winners of our annual holiday and sunrise/sunset photo competitions held over summer were announced this week, with Eli Hochberg (holiday) and Ariel Mekler-Peled (sunrise/sunset) taking out the prizes.