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Neil Boyack

How To Run An International Film Festival: SURVIVAL GUIDE

November 8, 2015 |

Neil Boyack

Community Engagement Coordinator & Director, CAFS Survival International Film Festival  

You might think that social welfare organisations and film festivals have little in common, but it has become apparent to me, as both a writer and organiser … Read More

The Nice House: Louise Turley

November 5, 2015 |

SOCIAL WORK with Neil Boyack  

The Nice House, directed by Louise Turley is a touching insight and tribute to Luke Batty and his mother Rosie. Australia was shocked to the core when Luke was murdered at the hand of … Read More

STRALIAN STORIES: Snow Business – the thrills and kills of Squizzy Taylor

June 1, 2015 |

Neil Boyack


My dad said to me once that his dad (a person I never met), was a gangster. He would have been alive and kicking around the time of Squizzy Taylor, and if he was a gangster he … Read More

Kirsten Boerema: A Class of Her Own

April 1, 2015 |

interview by Neil Boyack


As a sideline to teaching music at Castlemaine Secondary College, self-confessed show-off Kirsten Boerema plays in Bella Frisky, a three piece band with a multitude of instruments, promising cool tunes that will transport you to … Read More

Stralian Stories May 2014

May 1, 2014 |


“As only natives ride”: Lawson’s Adversity, Private Property and Australian Culture


Appearing in a number of Henry Lawson’s (1867-1922) collections The Fire at Ross’s Farm catalogues aspects of a romanticised Australian identity: assumed mateship, hardy toughness, hearts of … Read More

Stralian Stories: Joyful Strains

March 3, 2014 |


Gurt by Sea: the freedom to be from somewhere else  

Patrick White once said that he hoped Australians never found out what it was to be Australian. I agree with this sentiment. Time and time again, whenever this … Read More

Stralian Stories: Billy Marshall-Stoneking

November 2, 2013 |


by Neil Boyack


Singing the Snake & Cultural Competence


Rarely is a collection of poems and vignettes so complete in its form with regards to cultural breadth, style, content, political shade and vigour. When I first read Singing … Read More

Stralian Stories – Coral Hull: the patron saint of Australian poetry

October 3, 2013 |


by Neil Boyack



When you read Coral Hull’s work you get a sense fairly quickly that she stands for things, and that she has experienced life outside the mainstream in situations that beckon risk.  These events have … Read More

Stralian Stories: Footy’s Glory Days

September 3, 2013 |

by Neil Boyack


Those days still have an effect on me. I look back at them thanking various life forces, including my dad, for facilitating experiences connected to this era of football.  It was tough, full of flare, aluminium … Read More

Stralian Strories – Kenneth Slessor a reluctant master by Neil Boyack

August 6, 2013 |

Kenneth Slessor wrote some culture defining Australian poetry and is still considered as one of Australia’s great poets.  Aside from poetry however, he was a decorated journalist and “writing industry” leader having a hand in managing peak industry bodies, editing, writing … Read More