Words & Ideas

Love and Hunger is a distillation of everything Charlotte Wood has learned over more than twenty years about cooking and the pleasur... read more

Love and Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food
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Pauline Hanson is not alone out there. A million votes are in play. Strategists in both Labor and the Coalition are asking, what can we give them? At stake are the progressive hopes of most... read more

Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen,  One Nation and the Politics of Race
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Kate Grenville had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then the headaches started. Like perhaps a quarter of the population, Grenville reacts badly to the artificial fragrances around us- other people's perfu... read more

The Case Against Fragrance
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Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us b... read more

The Word Detective: A Life in Words: from Shenanigan to Selfie
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I pedal over to Kensington just after dark. As I roll along the lane towards the railway underpass, a young Asian woman on her way home from the station walks out of the tunnel towards me. After she passes there’s a stillness,... read more

Everywhere I Look
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Was Rochester a murderer? Did the Reverend Bronte carry a loaded pistol? What, precisely, does 'Wuthering' mean? Did the Brontes all have tiny feet? To celebrate the bicentenary of Charlo... read more

The Brontesaurus: An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell)
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Imagine a sisterhood - across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don't know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere ... read more

We: A Manifesto for Modern Women
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A friend recently told me that the things I write are powerful for her because they have the effect of making her feel angry instead of just empty. I want to do this for all women and young girls - ... read more

Fight Like A Girl: Raise Voices. Raise Courage. Raise the Flag.
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"In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland. Much like human families, tree parents ... read more

The Hidden Life of Trees
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Notes on the exodus of refugees from Syria, by Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan. With illustrations from Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty. In January 2016 Richard Flanagan and Ben Quilty travelled to Lebanon, Greece, and Se... read more

Notes on an Exodus
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 ‘Equality for women isn't a women's issue. When women fulfill their potential, everyone benefits. Equality means better politics, a more vibrant economy, a workforce that draws on the talents of the whole popul... read more

Attack of the Fifty Foot Women
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"In Quarterly Essay 64, Stan Grant takes a deep and passionate look at Indigenous futures, in particular the fraught question of remote communities. Moving beyond simplistic talk of "lifestyle choices," Grant explores what makes for a sustainable community and life, and then asks: what can we do to instigate change?"

Quarterly Essay #64 Stan Grant on Indigenous Futures
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