Tamil Feasts By Blog, Politics


We often miss the vital signs of political activity in our public life. Elections matter, question time matters, legislation matters, press conferences matter. Politicians are meant to be representatives, but in our media we too often fail to see representations of the workers at the coalface. In other words, we fail to value our community Read More »

Conversations with Devika Bilimoria By Arts, Blog, Featured, Festivals

Devika Bilimoria

Contemporary practices in ritual and worship Debuting at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival, contemporary visual artist Devika Bilimoria presents Murti – an interactive art exhibition that facilitates a contemporary audience to explore the practices of an ancient Hindu ritual. Murti is a Sanskrit term, referring to an image or icon of the Divine Spirit. As Read More »

Review: Sri Wanka By Arts, Blog, Featured, Festivals, Reviews

Sri Wanka (via Melbourne Fringe Festival)

Dilruk Jayasinha – or ‘Dil’ as his friends know him – returns to the comedy circuit this Melbourne Fringe in Sri Wanka. A Sri Lankan-born comic living in Australia for most of his adult life, Jayasinha is no stranger to the scene, having toured locally and internationally with near sold-out shows at the 2015 Melbourne Read More »

D-Writers Victoria guest blog By Arts, Blog, Featured

Wing Yi Chan, Project Officer - Diverse Writers CHINA

As a part of Peril’s partnership with Writers Victoria’s D-Writers CHINA initiative, this month’s project update features three local groups that are doing fabulous jobs in promoting Chinese Australian literature and literary. Six months into Diverse Writers China Project at Writers Victoria, we have reached out to the Chinese Australian writing community in Melbourne and Read More »

From Greens to Grassroots By AADC

Dominic Golding (front) at a meeting while on placement with Colleen Hartland (Greens)

Dominic Golding (front) at a meeting while on placement with Colleen Hartland (Greens) My name is Dominic Golding. I am currently 40 years old. I am a Vietnamese adoptee with mild cerebral palsy and a hearing impairment. I grew up in Mount Gambier in rural South Australia, raised by Anglo-Aussie parents. I had a very white, Anglo Read More »

Review: Asian Ghost-ery Store By Arts, Blog, Reviews

Vidya Rajan and Shannan Lim by Devika Bilimoria

If there is one thing that I have learned from my few humble years of arts festival-ling, it is this: comedy is hard. Getting up before a group of people, endearing yourself enough to make them feel comfortable, and then being genuinely and uniquely funny, is a painfully difficult feat. The only thing possibly more Read More »

Thirty Minutes with Miguel Syjuco By Arts, Blog

Miguel Syjuco (via Melbourne Writers Festival)

Miguel Syjuco was born and raised in Manila. A journalist and freelance writer, he recently appeared as a part of the Melbourne Writers Festival and spoke with Angela Serrano.   His eyes, a shade that hovers between hazelnut and acacia wood. His voice, the right balance of sweet but still good for you, like manuka Read More »

Learning to speak Australian By Blog, Headline, Politics

Penny at the swearing in ceremony for the 43rd Parliament - potentially writing in Australian (via

In another edifying update to #thisweekinAustralianpolitics, “outspoken” Liberal Senator, Ian MacDonald prompted Senator Penelope Ying-Yen “Penny” Wong to call for the withdrawal of comments made to fellow Labor Senator, Doug Cameron, namely that he “learn to speak Australian”. While Senator MacDonald told Daily Mail Australia: “This is political correctness to the Nth degree – I was Read More »

Personal Politics By Blog, Politics


For as long as I can remember I have thought of myself as a political person. To say as much is not to essentialise oneself, but rather to cast one’s eye back and make sense of symptoms, expressions, moments that would otherwise be fleeting and random. It is to re-cognise the actions and interventions one Read More »