BOOK REVIEW

Thank you to Artist’s Chronicle editor Lyn di Ciero for the review of Nora Heysen: A PortraitArtist’s Chronicle is a bi-monthly publication featuring Western Australian visual arts and is the longest running independent visual arts publication in WA history, preparing to celebrate its 30th year in 2021. I am very pleased to be included in its pages. To read the review access the March/April 2019 edition at Artist’s Chronicle .

INTERVIEW

After my talk at the Australian War Memorial on 10 July I was interviewed by an SBS News team - it was so satisfying to know that Nora Heysen’s name would be beamed into many households that night and more Australians would learn about her great contribution. You can view the SBS segment here.

PUBLIC TALK: War and love

On 10 July it was an honour to speak at the Australian War Memorial BAE Systems Theatre about Nora Heysen’s commission as Australia’s first woman OWA. Thank you to AWM curator Alex Torrens for assistance throughout the writing of my book and for the invitation to speak at the AWM. Nora’s significant contribution is pivotal in our remembering the women and men who served in the Pacific in WWII, many often paying the ultimate price. These men and women are immortalised in Nora’s work which underscores the important role of the war artist. You can view the YouTube recording here.

Interview

In the lead up to my public talk at the Australian War Memorial, staff writer Claire Hunter interviewed me about my subject. You can read her article here. I am proud that my biography of Nora Heysen underscores the important role of the war artist in remembering those who served their country. You can read the article here.

Nora Heysen in uniform, 1943.

Nora Heysen in uniform, 1943.

YOUTUBE RECORDING

It was a great evening at the National Library in Canberra on July 9 when I spoke abut Nora Heysen to a wonderful audience. If you would like to see how it all went take a look at this link to the NLA recording of the event. Nat Williams is the James and Bettison Treasures Curator at the NLA and he was a personal friend of Nora later in her life - his personal knowledge of this remarkable woman was a joy to share. You can view the presentation here.

Nat Williams and Anne-Louise Willougbhy

Nat Williams and Anne-Louise Willougbhy

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLBp2fdV_j...

Book Review


The writing of a life is a complex and protracted process. I am grateful for Ruby J. Murray’s review of Nora Heysen: A Portrait, which elucidates the essence of the biographer’s dilemma that involves, as Murray observes, ‘a kind of necessary betrayal‘.

Read the full review here: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/nora-heysen-biography-skilfully-explores-the-brilliant-painter-s-complicated-life-20190503-p51jpf.html.

From Ruby J. Murray in  The Sydney Morning Herald  May 10,  The Age   Spectrum  May 11,  Brisbane Times  May   10 and  Canberra Times  May 11, 2019.

From Ruby J. Murray in The Sydney Morning Herald May 10, The Age Spectrum May 11, Brisbane Times May 10 and Canberra Times May 11, 2019.

Book Review

Last week, I was thrilled to read the first review of my book on Inside Story. And incredibly proud that it was written by Drusilla Modjeska, a highly accomplished and acclaimed writer, who has been an inspiration. Drusilla has biographed Australian painters Stella Bowen and Grace Cossington Smith, and her knowledge of Nora’s life and work is deep. Thank you, Drusilla, for your rigorous assessment.

I invite you to read the review!

The Fremantle Press Podcast

Captain Heysen, Melbourne, 1944. Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

Captain Heysen, Melbourne, 1944. Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

Nora Heysen was the first Australian woman to be appointed by the military as an official war artist.

In the lead-up to Anzac Day, I spoke with Holden Sheppard, award-winning author and host of The Fremantle Press Podcast, about Nora’s contribution to recording events of WWII in the Pacific, and about the process of writing her story.

Thanks for having me, Holden!


ABC Radio Interview

Interview on Evenings with Chris Bath on ABC Radio Sydney, for her segment Who Was Wednesday.

On a recent trip to Melbourne to promote my book and take in the wonderful exhibition at NGV, I popped into a recording booth at the ABC ‘Tardis’, Southbank, to have a chat with Chris Bath, who called Nora “probably the least known over-achiever in Australian art.” Well said, Chris!

If you’d like to listen, click the play button below.

On International Women's Day, Nora in WA Today

Feature article by Emma Young for WA Today, since re-published in the Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax media outlets.

Self-portrait, 1954, oil on canvas, AGSA collection

Self-portrait, 1954, oil on canvas, AGSA collection

A real honour, for both myself and my subject, to have our stories considered on such an important day. Thank you, Emma!

Read the article by clicking the heading above, or here: ‘Girl Painter also Good Cook': The story of a (female) artist.