Detritus: Addressing Culture and the Arts

Detritus: Addressing Culture and the Arts

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Robyn Archer


Australian singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts, Robyn Archer has inspired the arts community and those engaged with it all her life. In Detritus, a selection of Robyn’s memorable, influential and inspirational keynote speeches and lectures have been published in an easy-to-read format.

Grappling with the matters of how artists live and work, and what is done with this work in the wider cultural sphere, this collection of Robyn’s speeches is designed to entertain and provoke.

Still heavily involved within the arts community as both an advocate and performer, fans may remember Robyn from her stage successes such as A Star is Torn and Tonight Lola Blau; or as one of the world’s foremost exponents of German cabaret songs.

“Art is not a frill on the frock of life, it is the very fabric: without it we are naked to the often cruel, harsh and unjust elements of life. – Robyn Archer


Praise for Detritus:

Archer’s way with words and amusing anecdotes make for an enjoyable and often thought-provoking read.



All her life Archer has been a practical idealist. Her new book eloquently and engagingly outlines the passions, concerns and causes that have animated her life with an intelligence that’s never obfuscated by artspeak.



Book details

FORMAT: Paperback
EXTENT: 270 pages
SIZE: 198 x 128 mm
ISBN: 9781742580678
CATEGORY: Australian StudiesGeneral Non-fictionRobyn Archer,